Nebraska-Arkansas St: Player to Watch Wolves QB Corey Leonard

Bleacher ReportAnalyst ISeptember 11, 2009

Tomorrow, the Red Wolves of Arkansas State will be paying a visit to Lincolns' Memorial Stadium to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 

This team will not be easily intimidated by the atmosphere in Lincoln.

In 2007, the Red Wolves went into Austin and played the Longhorns very tough in losing 21-13.

Last year, in their matchup with Alabama, they were down only 14 points in the second half before losing 35-0.

Their very first game in 2008, the Red Wolves made the trip to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas and walked away with a 4 point victory over the Aggies of A & M.

Yes, I know, A & M is down a bit, but the Red Wolves still beat a team with Big 12 players in their own house.

The Red Wolves offense is led by senior quarterback Corey Leonard.  Leonard is a very physical, dual-threat presence with the ability to beat teams with his running and throwing.

In 2008, Leonard broke his own school record for total offense with 2,863 yards and tied his own school record with 16 touchdown passes and a career high of 2,347 yards.

As the Red Wolves offense gets inside the twenty-yard line of the defense, they will often lean heavily on the running ability of Leonard to put the ball in the end zone.  At over 6' and 210 lbs he has the physical presence, strength, and size to get it done running the football.

An interesting anecdote to the running of Leonard is that as he goes running the ball his passing numbers seem to follow.  The more success he has on the ground, the more success he seems to have in getting the ball to his wide receivers.

At times though, through the last few years, the Red Wolves offensive line has had the propensity for giving up sacks.  This could be something to really watch tomorrow, as this unit is fairly young and inexperienced and will be going against a very strong, athletic, disruptive group of defensive linemen for the Cornhuskers.