Virginia Tech will get a look at another fast-paced offense this weekend when Arkansas State visits Blacksburg. The Red Wolves will spread the field and their solid, accurate quarterback, Ryan Aplin, will try to get the ball to a group of receivers that includes former super-recruit Josh Jarboe.
But the most dynamic of Arkansas State's offensive players is the one who led the team in receiving last year, Dwayne Frampton. Frampton's a small, quick receiver who the Red Wolves will try to utilize as many different ways as possible.
Last year, Frampton led the Red Wolves in receiving yards with 738 and catches with 69, which was the second-highest total in school history. He became a favored target of Aplin and head coach Hugh Freeze, who was promoted from offensive coordinator after last season, looked for ways to get the ball in his hands early and often.
In addition to leading the team in catches, Frampton also carried the ball 14 times for 12 yards, threw a touchdown pass, returned six punts and seven kickoffs. In all, he averaged 9.0 yards every time he touched the ball.
Jarboe is a tall, athletic receiver who the Red Wolves will try to throw deep to. That will leave Frampton free to roam underneath coverage and find open spots when the Hokies play zone. Jarboe appears to be an emerging star in the Sun Belt, but Frampton is still the guy Aplin's going to go to in clutch situations. Last year, he had a third of Arkansas State's third down receptions that resulted in first downs.
The combination of the two receivers will present another challenge for the Hokies. Last week, Tech's secondary did an excellent job of open-field tackling against ECU's receivers. They'll have to do the same again when Frampton gets the ball to avoid big plays while also defending a deep threat in Jarboe.