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Ferguson Earns SBC Special Teams Player of the Week

Courtesy Arkansas State NEW ORLEANS, La. (9/1/14) – Junior kicker-punter Luke Ferguson of the Arkansas State University football team has been recognized as this week’s (Sept. 1) Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Special More »

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Luke Ferguson Receives Weekly CFPA Recognition

Courtesy Arkansas State JONESBORO, Ark. (9/1/14) – Arkansas State University junior kicker-punter Luke Ferguson has been chosen as both a College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week and More »

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Men’s XC Takes Fifth at Memphis Twilight Classic

Courtesy Arkansas State MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State University men’s cross country team began its 2014 season with a fifth-place performance at the 12th Annual BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic late More »

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Women’s XC Places Second in Season-Opening Meet

Courtesy Arkansas State MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State University women’s cross country team started off the 2014 season on a high note as the Red Wolves finished second at the More »

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Second Half Surge Downs A-State Women’s Soccer

Courtesy Arkansas State      Box Score JONESBORO, Ark. (8/31/14) –  The Arkansas State women’s soccer team jumped out to a one goal lead in the first half, but Central Arkansas scored two goals More »

Ferguson Earns SBC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Courtesy Arkansas State

NEW ORLEANS, La. (9/1/14) – Junior kicker-punter Luke Ferguson of the Arkansas State University football team has been recognized as this week’s (Sept. 1) Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Special Teams Player of the Week as announced this Monday (Sept. 1) by the conference office.

Ferguson played a pivotal role in A-State’s 2014 season-opening 37-10 non-conference home win over nationally 19th-ranked FCS Montana State last Saturday (Aug. 30) evening at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.  He tallied a conference-high 13 points on three field goals in his A-State place kicking debut and converted all four extra-point conversions while punting for a 48.5 yards average.  The Jonesboro, Ark. native was successful on all three of his field goal attempts (23, 29 and 41 yards) in the game to tie for the most in the Sun Belt Conference this season to date.

Ferguson, who also was selected this Monday (Sept. 1) as a College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week and Honorable Mention Specialist Performer of the Week, recorded a 194-yards total on his four punts in the game and his longest of 61 yards was just two yards shy of matching his career long.

For his career, Ferguson is averaging 44.5 yards a punt in 27 attempts.  He has amassed 1,201 yards and recorded 12 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

The Red Wolves, who are presently 1-0 overall this season, will square off against the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday (Sept. 6) at UT’s Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.  Opening kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT) and the non-league contest will be televised live on the SEC Network.

Luke Ferguson Receives Weekly CFPA Recognition

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Courtesy Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (9/1/14) – Arkansas State University junior kicker-punter Luke Ferguson has been chosen as both a College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week and Honorable Mention Specialist Performer of the Week selection this week (Sept. 1) for his noteworthy performance in the Red Wolves’ season opening victory over nationally 19th FCS-ranked Montana State this last Saturday (Aug. 30) night at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.

Ferguson, who was also recognized as the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Specialty Teams Player of the Week this week (Sept. 1), was one of two players to achieve CFPA Specialist Performer of the Week Honorable Mention accolades.  The 6-0, 210-pound Ferguson was impressive in his A-State place kicking debut by connecting on all three of his field goal attempts along with all four of his extra-point kick conversions.  Ferguson successfully converted on field goals from 23, 29 and 41 yards in the Red Wolves’ non-conference home triumph to not only tie for the most in the Sun Belt Conference, but also match for the fourth most nationally as of this past Saturday’s contests.

Ferguson averaged 48.5 yards per punt on four attempts while accumulating 194 yards.  The Jonesboro, Ark., native punting yardage in A-State’s 37-10 victory over Montana State was just 0.5 yards shy of equaling his career best.  All four of Ferguson’s punts landed inside the Bobcats’ 20-yard line and represented a conference high this season to date.  Ferguson also netted a long punt of 61 yards, which was two yards away from his career long.

Ferguson was one of seven individuals to receive honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week accolades by the CFPA this week.

A season ago, Ferguson compiled 1,007 yards on 23 punts for a team-leading 43.8 yards per average with eight inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and a career-long of 63 yards.  He finished the 2013 campaign with the second-highest single-season punting average in A-State history and ranked fourth among the Sun Belt Conference leaders.

For his career, Ferguson has presently posted a 44.5 yards per punt average with 1,201 yards on 27 attempts and has placed 12 punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line.

The 2014 season marks the seventh season of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), which honors both player and team performances.

A-State, which is presently 1-0 overall this season, will take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday (Sept. 6) at 11 a.m. (CT) in Knoxville, Tenn.  The non-conference tilt at UT’s Neyland Stadium will be televised live on the SEC Network.

Men’s XC Takes Fifth at Memphis Twilight Classic

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Courtesy Arkansas State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State University men’s cross country team began its 2014 season with a fifth-place performance at the 12th Annual BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic late Saturday (Aug. 30) night in Memphis, Tenn.

The Red Wolves recorded 143 points to claim fifth in the 12-team field.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State shared first place with 49 points apiece followed by Central Arkansas with a third-place 72 points total.  Memphis placed fourth by chalking up a 101 team score.

Junior Wil Norris was A-State’s top finisher with a time of 20:33.98 to take eighth place.  Junior Lance Beckman posted a 21:24.93 time for 33rd place and sophomore Zach VanGundy finished one place behind Beckman, earning 34th overall with a time of 21:26.19 among 129 participants on the four mile Mike Rose Complex course.

Freshman Josh Wojciechowski ran a 21:46.30 time in his collegiate debut to place 41st and sophomore Mark Talarico crossed the finish line in 55th place following a 22:16.12 time.

A-State, under coaches Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, improved upon its sixth-place showing at the 2013 BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic in which the Red Wolves accumulated 127 points.

Arkansas State will have a week off before taking part in the Saint Louis Big River Festival meet Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Louis, Mo.  The 6K men’s race is slated to get underway at 5:15 p.m. (CT) on the Central Fields Forest Park course with Saint Louis University hosting the meet.

A-State Men’s Cross Country Results

8. Wil Norris – 20:33.98

33. Lance Beckman – 21:24.93

34. Zach VanGundy – 21:26.19

41. Josh Wojciechowski – 21:46.30

55. Mark Talarico – 22:16.12

71. Jesse Duvall – 22:39.36

80. Cain Farnam – 22:51.34

84. Rhett Raibley – 22:58.97

85. Brennan Koester – 23:06.43

99. Andre Walker – 23:32.31

Women’s XC Places Second in Season-Opening Meet

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Courtesy Arkansas State

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/31/14) – The Arkansas State University women’s cross country team started off the 2014 season on a high note as the Red Wolves finished second at the 12th Annual BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic late Saturday (Aug. 30) evening held at the Mike Rose Complex in Memphis, Tenn.

A-State compiled 63 points to earn runner-up honors while Mississippi State claimed top place for the second straight year with 36 points in the 14-team field.  Ole Miss was third with 65 points while Memphis and Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) completed the top five with 93 and 140 points, respectively.

Senior Rexi Parcells, a 2013 All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Second-Team honoree, paced the Red Wolves in the 5K race with a third-place 17:54.91 time.  Junior Abbey Dixon, who was a 2013 second-team all-league runner, finished in an 18:10.34 time to attain eighth place and freshman Arnica Zitting ended up one place in back of Dixon following as a result of an 18:33.83 time.  Senior Tilda Helgesson crossed the finish line in a time of 18:46.87 for 15th place.

Senior Chelsey Roberson clocked a 19:19.69 time to place 29th for A-State.  A pair of sophomores, Lindsey Mills and Brianne Murphy also placed in the top 60 of the 141 harriers who competed in the annual meet.  Mills generated a 57th-place 20:19.51 time and Murphy’s time of 20:24.28 proved worthy of 59th place.

A season ago, A-State totaled 62 points to tie Central Arkansas for third place at the  BROOKS Memphis Twilight Classic. The meet, which is hosted by Christian Brothers University, started in 2003 and is now one of the largest night-time cross country events in the nation.

Arkansas State, coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, is presently ranked eighth in the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Preseason Women’s Cross Country South Central Region Rankings and was tabbed as the preseason favorite by the league coaches to win the 2014 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Championships.

A-State is now idle until Friday, Sept. 12, when the Red Wolves participate in the Saint Louis Big River Festival meet in St. Louis, Mo.  The 5K women’s race is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and is being hosted by Saint Louis University.

A-State Women’s Cross Country Results

3. Rexi Parcells – 17:54.91

8. Abbey Dixon – 18:10.34

9. Arnica Zitting – 18:33.83

15. Tilda Helgesson – 18:46.87

29. Chelsey Roberson – 19:19.69

57. Lindsey Mills – 20:19.51

59. Brianne Murphy – 20:24.28

74. Natasha Smallwood – 20:56.61

75. Zoie Wilson – 20:57.33

76. Erin Nunan – 20:59.78

Second Half Surge Downs A-State Women’s Soccer

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Courtesy Arkansas State      Box Score

JONESBORO, Ark. (8/31/14) –  The Arkansas State women’s soccer team jumped out to a one goal lead in the first half, but Central Arkansas scored two goals in the second half to down the Red Wolves 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Complex.

Mykel Ward put A-State ahead in the 13th minute on a pass from Jena Kelley and Samhia Simao that put Ward in open space in the right corner box. The redshirt sophomore then put the ball by UCA goalkeeper Anna Hughes for a 1-0 Arkansas State lead.

The Red Wolves (1-2-0) controlled possession for much of the first half and had an opportunity to add to its lead in the 31st minute when Simao put a shot on goal but Hughes made the stop to prevent A-State from adding to its lead.

UCA (2-0-1) tied the match just four minutes into the second half on a shot by Vanessa Randall that deflected off Amanda Lee and into the goal. Randall’s shot appeared to be going wide of the net, but Lee deflected the shot while attempting to make the stop and the ball redirected into the net for the game tying goal.

The Bears controlled the pace for much of the second half, but A-State regrouped and appeared to have a golden opportunity to take the lead back in the 71st minute. Kelley took a cross in the middle of the box, but Hughes made a diving stop. Loren Mitchell gathered the rebound and shot high, while Kelley followed with another shot that sailed wide eight seconds later. All three shots came within a 15 second span.

UCA took the lead in the 85th minute on a goal by Allie Coleman when she took a pass from Shelby Wilson and had a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. Coleman put the shot by Lee and UCA held off a furious attack from Arkansas State in the final five minutes to hold on for the victory.

Simao led Arkansas State with six shots on the afternoon, two of which landed on goal. Ward and Kelley had two shots each, while Katie Hosea and Lexi Riggs had one shot.

Each team took 13 shots and also tied with six shots on goal. Lee made four saves in her first start of the 2014 season.

A-State returns to the field Sunday, Sept. 5 against Mississippi State at the A-State Soccer Complex, located off the Marion Berry Parkway adjacent to the A-State Tennis Complex and intramural fields. The game can be seen in the StateZone with a paid subscription and fans can get up to the second updates via Twitter by following @AStateGameDay. For the latest on Arkansas State soccer follow the team on Twitter (@AStateSoccer) and Facebook (Arkansas State University Soccer).