Bryan Harsin talks about initial goals, quarterback plan

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday July 16, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday July 16, 2013

Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin has adopted the mantra 'brick-by-brick' to motivate his staff and players during his first season leading the Red Wolves.

This week at Sun Belt Conference media day, Harsin talked about his goals and replacing quarterback Ryan Aplin, who led the program to a 20-6 record over the last two seasons.

Harsin told Cox Sports in New Orleans, "The nice part is to go in there and not have to lay a foundation of how to win; they know how to win.  What we have to do is lay a foundation of sustaining that success, and really, that can be harder. Our guys have been responsive to that.  They understand it.  We have to replace some very good players that were on this team the last couple of years, but there are new faces and new names of guys that want to step up and be that guy in the future."

He continued, "Every year, every game is a challenge.  We take it day-by-day, brick-by-brick.  That's our mentality."

While the quarterback competition will continue into August camp, Harsin seems encouraged by the candidates.

He said, "Just like Kellen Moore, Colt McCoy, Ryan Aplin - all of these great quarterbacks in the past, nobody knew about them until they build themselves into that position.  We've got somebody on our campus right now that I think is going to be a very good quarterback.  We've got a lot of candidates to do that.  The nice thing is that they are all pushing each other to get better.  When we come out of camp, we'll have the right guy back there."

Former Utah State quarterback Adam Kennedy, who transferred to Arkansas State after spring practice, could emerge from the group.

Arkansas State opens the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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