Offensive Notes

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300-PLUS: Dating back to the 2010 season, Arkansas State has posted at least 300 yards of total offense in 83 of its last 94 games (.883 percentage). A-State went over 300 yards in all 13 games during head coach Blake Anderson’s first season, while also reaching the mark 11 times in 2015, 10 times in 2016 and four times this season (38 of 43 games under Anderson).

400-PLUS: Arkansas State has hit the 400-yard total offense mark 26 times over its last 43 games (60 percent) since 2014, which was Blake Anderson’s first season as head coach. The Red Wolves went over 400 yards in three of its first four games this season for the first time since 2013 (vs. UAPB, at Auburn, vs. Troy). The 2013 season was also the last time the Red Wolves recorded at least 400 yards total offense in four of their first five games.

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: Including eight of the last 10 contests, the Red Wolves have now posted at least 30 points in 49 of their last 75 regular-season games (65 percent) dating back to the 2011 season. The Red Wolves have won 37 of their last 42 games when scoring at least 30 points.

QUICK STRIKE: Thirteen of A-State’s 22 scoring drives (59%) this season have taken less than two minutes and none have lasted longer than 3:40. A-State’s latest game against Georgia Southern saw the Red Wolves score five touchdowns in 45 seconds or less.

EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE: A-State has recorded at least six explosive players (20+ yards) in three of its first four games, including a season-high seven against Georgia Southern. Out of its 21 total explosive plays, 11 (52%) have gone for touchdowns and almost half (10) have covered at least 30 yards.

NOW THAT’S JUSTICE: Junior quarterback Justice Hansen was named College Sports Madness’ Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week following each of A-State’s first two games this season. He is the only player in the league to rank among the top three players in total offense (2nd), passing yards avg. (2nd), passing touchdowns (2nd) and pass efficiency (1st).

SCHOOL-RECORD PERFORMANCE: Junior quarterback Justice Hansen recorded a school-record 46 completions for 415 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska. He completed 67 percent of his passing attempts, while his 46 completions also tied the second most in Sun Belt Conference history and are currently the most in the nation this season. His 415 yards were the second most of his career, fourth most in school history and is currently tied for the 19th most in the nation this season.

HITTING THE MARK: Including the Georgia Southern game, junior quarterback Justice Hansen has now thrown multiple touchdown passes 10 times during his career, including the last six games in a row dating back to last season. He has thrown for at least 200 yards 11 times, 300 five times and 400 twice. Dating back to last season, Hansen has passed for at least 200 yards his last five games and in nine of his last 11.

MULTIPLE WEAPONS: At least nine different A-State players caught at least one pass in three of A-State’s first four games, including six wide receivers that have set career highs for either receptions, receiving yards and/or receiving touchdowns.

MAKING A MOVE: Junior Blake Mack changed positions from wide receiver to tight end last season, and he has transitioned well with 50 receptions for a team-high 870 yards and seven touchdowns during that time. Mack has scored a touchdown in five of his last six games, including all four this season. His first two seasons combined at wide receiver, Mack posted 17 receptions for 235 yards.

FINDING THE END ZONE: A former walk-on and Burlsworth Trophy nominee, senior running back Johnston White recorded a team and career-best 14 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore and now has 25 running scores during his career. White’s 25 career rushing touchdowns are the seventh most in school history.

ABOVE AVERAGE: Senior wide receiver Chris Murray recorded five receptions for a career-high 188 yards and career-best two touchdowns, averaging a Sun Belt Conference record 37.6 yards per catch to help lead Arkansas State to a 43-25 road victory over Georgia Southern. Murray’s receiving yards tied the fourth most in school history and were the most by an Arkansas State player since 1999. They were also the second most by a Sun Belt Conference player this season, as well as the 17th most in the nation. He caught three passes that covered at least 51 yards, including touchdown receptions of 56 and a career-long 57 yards.

MOVING FORWARD: Junior running back Warren Wand has attempted 45 rushes this season and has yet to lose you any yards on a carry. He is averaging 6.0 yards per attempt, which is tied for the third highest in the league among its top-10 leading rushers — only Louisiana’s Trey Ragas (7.2) and South Alabama’s Xavier Johnson (6.1) have a higher average.  As a team, the Red Wolves are ranked 21st in the nation in tackles for loss allowed with 4.5 per game.

APPROACHING 2,000: Running back Warren Wand finished the Georgia Southern game with 61 rushing yards on 11 carries for a 5.5 average. He pushed his career rushing total to 1,864 yards, leaving him 136 away from becoming the 13th player in A-State history to post 2,000 in a career. He recorded 709 yards in 2015 for the most by a true freshman at A-State since Lamont Zachery ran for 846 in 1996. He entered the season 1,588 yards, the most over a freshman and sophomore season since Reggie Arnold ran for 2,136 combined yards in 2006 and 2007.

NEBRASKA GAME NOTABLES: Arkansas State scored 36 points against Nebraska, which was its most ever against a team currently in a Power 5 conference. A-State’s second highest total was 34 points scored against then-ranked No. 5 Oregon in 2012 (HC Gus Malzahn) and 34 versus Indiana in 2010 (HC Steve Roberts) . . . The Red Wolves also recorded 32 first downs, which tied the sixth most in school history and were their most since posting a school-record tying 34 against New Mexico State in 2011.

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