JONESBORO — The question most asked of Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin the last two-and-a-half weeks centered around a six-man race for a starting quarterback.
Harsin finally gave an answer Tuesday, when he released a depth chart for the first time, 11 days before he begins his first season as coach.
Senior transfer Adam Kennedy was listed as starter at quarterback for the Aug. 31 season-opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, an expected announcement after Kennedy took many of the snaps with the first-team offense in a scrimmage on Saturday.
"As camp went on, the better he got," Harsin said Tuesday during a news conference inside the ASU Football Facility. "The more consistent he got, the more he started to understand the expectations that we have."
It's a job Kennedy sought when he transferred to ASU from Utah State in May. In 2011, he led the Aggies to four consecutive victories and their first bowl game in over a decade, then lost the starting spot the following spring
and entered the 2012 season as a backup.
He injured his shoulder in the season's first game, missed the rest of the season and decided last December to sit out the spring and transfer. He spent this summer participating in workouts with teammates and since fall practice began Aug. 2 had been competing with five others for a starting spot.
When he takes a snap Aug. 31, it'll be his first in a game since last Aug. 30.
"I'm ready to go," Kennedy said Tuesday. "It"s been awhile since I played. It was kind of the same feeling the first day of camp. I hadn't played. ... But I hadn't missed a beat. Not only did that help me for camp, that's in
my head that I think I'll be okay the first game."
Senior Phillip Butterfield and sophomore Fred Knighten are each listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 quarterback, but Harsin said Butterfield will be the backup, but Knighten "is going to play." Harsin said Monday that Knighten, more of a running threat, could be used at other positions.
Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.