NEW ORLEANS — Aback Fredi Knighten was a green in aerial school, he about abdicate football altogether.
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Photo by KAYLA MACOMBER / Appropriate to the Democrat-GazetteArkansas Accompaniment quarterback Fredi Knighten looks for an accessible assistant at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, September 12, 2015.
Photo by ROBERT HOLT / Appropriate to the Democrat-GazetteArkansas Accompaniment quarterback Fredi Knighten totaled added than 4,000 yards of absolute breach aftermost division but has about 2,000 beneath yards this season, mostly because of a hamstring injury.
Critics said he could never comedy quarterback because of his bashful height, baby easily and a perceived disability to bandy a football.
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Arkansas Accompaniment chief quarterback Fredi Knighten (above) will alpha his 23rd career d for Arkansas Accompaniment in Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl. He’ll end his career in the top bristles of best casual and absolute breach categories, admitting not arena abundant his aboriginal two seasons.
STATISTIC 2012 2013 2014 2015 TOTAL RANK
Total breach 140 550 4,056 2,059 6,814 4th
Rushing yards 96 344 779 361 1,580 —
Passing yards 44 215 3,277 1,698 5,234 5th
Rushing TDs 0 5 11 4 20 —
Passing TDs 1 2 24 19 46 4th
Completions 3 34 269 122 428 4th
Completion pct. 60.0 70.8 62.3 54.7 60.5 2nd
NOTE Knighten can tie Corey Leonard for third best with one casual touchdown on Saturday, and can tie Cleo Lemon for additional with two casual touchdowns.
Two years later, afterwards putting calm one of the best statistically absorbing seasons by an Arkansas aerial academy quarterback at Pulaski Academy, he about abdicate football again.
This time, it was academy recruiters ytic his acme and carper his arm. On the day he led Pulaski Academy to the 2011 Chic 4A accompaniment title, alone one FBS aggregation had offered him a scholarship.
Even at ASU, Knighten’s career was at a capital afterwards two years. He didn’t agreement to abdicate then, but advised appointment from ASU to acquisition an breach that bigger fit his abilities.
But actuality Knighten is now, three canicule from his final d as ASU’s starting quarterback, still in the d and at the position he’s consistently played.
He started out as an arresting prospect, became an amateur who couldn’t get on the field, angry into the best activating amateur in the Sun Belt Conference, and now, finally, a constant benefactor for one of ASU’s best seasons.
Knighten, 5-11, still hears doubts about his arm, from his own fans, even. But this abundant can be said as Knighten prepares for his final d in Saturday’s New Orleans Basin adjoin Louisiana Tech: He accepted his point.
“I came in, I won, and not a lot of bodies can say that,” Knighten said. “People can accept all the stats in the world, and not accept a ring, and again I say ‘I ambition I had a ring.’ Now, I’ve got the ring.”
That’s not to say Knighten didn’t accumulation up yards, too, aback accustomed the chance.
He’ll leave ASU in the top bristles of best career casual categories alike admitting starting alone 22 games.
His 6,814 yards of absolute breach rank fourth, as do his 46 casual touchdowns and his 5,234 casual yards rank fifth.
Those numbers could accept been better, too, if not for a pulled hamstring that amount him 3 1/2 amateur this season. Knighten said now he doesn’t affliction too abundant about the missing stats. He additionally could accept had addition year to add to them if he redshirted as a apprentice beneath then-Coach Gus Malzahn instead of arena 54 plays in which he acquired 140 yards.
“I absolutely ambition we could accept that kid for addition year,” abhorrent coordinator Walt Bell said. “Because he’s absolutely starting to be a appropriate player.”
Knighten said he doesn’t affliction arena as a freshman. He doesn’t ambition any of it had gone different, really.
“It challenged me mentally, emotionally, physically,” he said. “You know, it’s been up and down, but I don’t anticipate I’d appetite it any added way.”
His father, Reginald, a boilerplate academy ambassador in Little Rock, has witnessed his son’s struggles to belie doubters firsthand.
Reginald recalled a adventure from aback Fredi was about 4 years old. Reginald and an earlier son were affective cinder blocks in the aback backyard of their Little Rock home. Fredi capital to help, but his ancestor told him he was too small, so he began to cry.
“I said ‘All right, able-bodied go get it,’ ” Reginald said. “And again he best up two cinder blocks and confused them. He’s aloof consistently been a competitor.”
Knighten has been disproving doubters anytime since.
He played everywhere but quarterback as a green at Pulaski Academy in 2009, again emerged from a three-man chase to win the job aboriginal in his inferior year. By the time he was a senior, he was allowance the Bruins to a 14-0 accompaniment appellation division while casual for 4,562 yards, ninth-most in accompaniment history.
Still, Knighten didn’t apprehend abundant from colleges. He had fielded buzz calls from then-ASU Drillmaster Hugh Freeze, but didn’t get an offer. His alone continuing FBS action again was from Louisiana Tech, ASU’s basin adversary Saturday.
Knighten took a appointment there for a bounce d as a inferior — his affectionate grandparents alive in Ruston, La., area Louisiana Tech is amid — but never advised signing there.
Knighten, a Parade All-American in the aforementioned chic with two accepted NFL rookies — Dorial Green-Beckham and Jameis Winston — began to wonder.
“All these guys are accepting crazy offers and I’m sitting actuality with Louisiana Tech,” Knighten said. “What is this?”
Knighten said he absitively not to comedy at all at one point. He activated to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and to LSU in Baton Rouge, area he could aloof be a apprentice and his acme and arm backbone wouldn’t matter.
Then Freeze larboard for Ole Miss, and ASU assassin Malzahn from Auburn. One of Malzahn’s aboriginal moves was to alarm Knighten, who acquiescently took a visit, again committed on the atom aback Malzahn asked him to comedy quarterback.
“I wasn’t accessible for that one,” Knighten said. “But actuality we go.”
Knighten didn’t comedy abundant abaft chief Ryan Aplin, who led ASU to a Sun Belt appellation and a achievement in the GoDaddy Bowl. Aback Malzahn went aback to Auburn as arch drillmaster that December, Bryan Harsin came in with a altered breach and a sobering bit of absoluteness for the quarterbacks in Jonesboro.
“He said, ‘None of you guys are the guy, so we’re bringing in a guy,’ ” Knighten said.
That was Adam Kennedy, who started every d for Harsin in 2013 and led the Red Wolves to a aggregate Sun Belt appellation and a anchorage in the GoDaddy Bowl. But ASU exhausted Ball Accompaniment in that d in allotment because of Knighten, who played best of the d aback Kennedy had a knee injury.
Knighten’s band from that night is far from his best — 15 of 20 casual for 115 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception — but he led a 5-play, 59-yard touchdown drive in the final two account to win 23-20.
The best allotment was he did it in advanced of new Drillmaster Blake Anderson and Bell, who were watching on the sidelines.
Not continued after, the quarterbacks had their aboriginal affair with Bell, who put Knighten’s achievement in edgeless perspective.
“He was like ‘You sucked in that basin game, but you won, so that’s all that matters,’ ” Knighten remembers.
But Bell and Anderson accept been the absolute bout for Knighten’s talent.
Knighten said aftermost anniversary that he acceptable wouldn’t accept accomplished at ASU if Harsin hadn’t larboard for Boise State. But Anderson and Bell brought an up-tempo Spread arrangement agnate to what Knighten led while advancing in aerial school.
He took the reins in the bounce and never let them go. Yes, Anderson and Bell had doubts abaft bankrupt doors, but they never showed it publicly.
“I anticipate that meant everything,” Reginald Knighten said of the aplomb displayed.
Putting Knighten aback in an up-tempo Spread resulted in blatant numbers: 4,056 yards of breach aftermost year, eighth best in the FBS, and a first-team all-Sun Belt honor.
His stats are not as clear this season, partly because of the hamstring
injury. He has about 2,000 beneath yards of breach (2,059), his yards-per d boilerplate is 227.9 instead of the Sun Belt-leading 312.0 it was aftermost year.
Knighten said ASU’s 8-0 appointment almanac makes up for his lower alone totals, but he’s been a altered quarterback aback abiding anatomy injury, too. In seven amateur he’s completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,515 yards with 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His achievement allotment is bottomward — it was 62.3 percent in Sun Belt amateur aftermost year — but his quarterback appraisement is up from 143.66 to 157.3 quarterback rating, additional amid Sun Belt quarterbacks.
“I anticipate he put way too abundant burden on himself,” Anderson said of Knighten’s achievement in the season’s aperture amateur adjoin Southern Cal and Missouri. “He begin whatever it was that accustomed him to relax and comedy and we’re seeing his best football, which is fun for a senior.”
Bell reflected affectionately on his two years with Knighten.
“I achievement the people, the admirers that watch him every day and the bodies that see him on Saturdays absolutely alpha to acknowledge how acceptable of a football amateur he is,” Bell said. “It may not attending abundant all the time, and it may not attending absolute all the time, but he’s absolutely a appropriate player.”
Results, Knighten said, is about what he treasures the best as he leaves.
“I don’t affliction if it’s pretty, I don’t affliction if it’s grimy, bodies bethink winners,” Knighten said. “They can say aggregate they appetite about article else, but as continued as you win, they’ll bethink you forever. That’s all I appetite to be remembered as — a winner.”
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