It's officially the Arkansas State Red Wolves spring game, but for two celebrated alums, it's Homecoming. Joining the team as "celebrity guest defensive coaches" on Friday night are Demario Davis and Don Jones, current Cleveland Browns and two of the most feared defensive players in A-State history.
Can't wait to make it to the great Arkansas stAte University. Gonna be an epic weekend in Jonesboro! Spring game... https://t.co/euiCye4ct5— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) April 14, 2016
Lol it's on like Neckbone! https://t.co/Vtcl2qInRW— Don Jones II (@Don_Jones5) April 6, 2016
Also taking part, Sports Illustrated columnist Thayer Evans, who will serve as celebrity head coach.
Evans is accepting play-calling requests on Twitter. I was already helpful in this regard:
No word as of yet if Evans plans to use this great advice and employ 300lb Dee Liner for Hide the Midget. But the event should be spectacular regardless. The Red Wolves Spring Game also features a number of surprise guest coaches thanks to another one of Coach Blake Anderson's spring game theatrics – Be An Assistant Coach (for $1000).
Spring Gm "Guest" Assistant Staff HALF FULL !!! 5 spots remaining for an AWESOME EXPERIENCE call NOW...870-972-2401 pic.twitter.com/fNY9ubTUy0— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) April 8, 2016
In addition to the game (which should be a nice showcase of A-State speed and size), fans will have the opportunity to appear on the official 2016 Arkansas State football poster by using a photo booth that will be located on the west concourse. Comb your hair.
Three Things to Look For at the Red Wolves Spring Game
1. Quarterback Resolution
Justice Hansen, James Tabary, and Cameron Birse have battled all spring long for signal-caller supremacy. The Spring Game should end with one candidate rising to the top.
2. New Heights
Much has been made of Red Wolves speed this spring, but Arkansas State is also taller at key skill positions this year:
2015: QB Knighten 5'11", WRs McKissic 5'11", Houston 6'2", Trosin 5'11"
2016: QB Hansen 6'4"*, WRs Bayless 6'3", Echols-Luper 6', McInnis 6'6"
*Not an endorsement of Hansen; he's just the tallest of the QB contenders.
3. Oh-Oh Line
Thanks to injuries, the Red Wolves offensive line looked super-thin at the Little Rock Scrimmage. Fans will want to keep an eye on who suits up and who performs well.
The Red Wolves Spring Game kicks-off at 6PM on Friday Night. The first 2,000 in attendance receive a free schedule poster.