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Spring Cleaning: a second Arkansas State QB leaves the program

Redshirt junior Chuck Birse is pursuing opportunities elsewhere.

Coach Blake Anderson sees two back-up QBs leave in less than a month.
Coach Blake Anderson sees two back-up QBs leave in less than a month.
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Arkansas State Red Wolves were supposed to enter Fall with three talented quarterbacks battling for the starting job. But less than a month after the A-State Spring Game, two of the three are leaving Jonesboro. Cameron Birse is the latest to seek a starting opportunity elsewhere.

Birse, a 2-star prospect out of California, was the only QB on the Red Wolves roster with game time experience, though for only a handful of possessions (4 passes, all completed). Birse exits Jonesboro with former A-State back-up James Tabary, who left the program shortly April 20th. Though Tabary is said to have been dismissed from the team, Birse appears to be leaving with the coaching staff's best wishes.

The departure of Birse leaves Arkansas State suddenly skeletal at a position that only one month ago was arguably the deepest in the program. The quarterbacks remaining on the roster are incoming freshman Logan Bonner, redshirt freshman Carson Coats, redshirt freshman D.J. Pearson, and redshirt sophomore (and presumed starter) Justice Hansen. That's a wealth of talent, not experience.

We should also be reminded that superstar TCU standout Cameron Echols-Luper arrived to campus interested in re-pursuing a role at quarterback. If he's not too busy punting, perhaps the outstanding wideout can add depth behind center, too.

We have no clue where Birse is headed next. But he was recruited to Arkansas State by QB guru Bryan Harsin, who is now the head coach for Boise State, where a QB also recently announced his transfer. Maybe Birse can find a role with the Broncos?

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