Butch Jones era opens at A-State
JONESBORO – Set to open its first spring camp this week under new head coach Butch Jones, Arkansas State will hold the first of 15 practices today as it preps for the 2021 season opener Sept. 4 at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Spring camp, which will run through April 17, is the next off-season step for A-State after it named Jones the program’s 31st head coach in December. Since then, Jones has assembled a well-respected coaching and support staff that has compiled a recruiting class consisting of 19 signees while also implementing detailed player-development programs for on and off the field.
A-State returns 65 lettermen, including 15 combined starters from the offense and defense. Among the players back for the 2021 season are All-Sun Belt Conference selections TW Ayers (Jr., DE) and Layne Hatcher (Jr., QB). Ten members of the 2021 signing class will participate in spring camp.
The Red Wolves will hold three practices this week and next week prior to A-State’s spring break. They will return to the field March 30 and conduct eight additional practices in April. A-State’s final practice and Spring Game is set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
Not including the Spring Game, the Red Wolves’ practices will be closed to the general public due to COVID-19 precautions. The coaching staff and administration will continue to evaluate access, and any updates will be communicated to the public.
A-State’s 2021 campaign begins with back-to-back home games for the first time since 1987, hosting Central Arkansas on Sept. 4 and Memphis on Sept. 11.
Season tickets are on sale, and the renewal period (April 1 deadline) for current season ticket holders is under way. Tickets may be purchased or renewed through the A-State Ticket Office, located at First National Bank Arena’s lower red entrance, in person, or by phone at 870-972-2781.