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Another former Arkansas State player transferring to Utah State; more of Aggies’ coaching staff announced

Brandon Bowling is the fourth player to transfer to Utah State since the arrival of new head coach Blake Anderson

Arkansas State wide receiver Brandon Bowling (82) is tackled by Alabama linebacker Markail Benton (36) and defensive back Kyriq McDonald (26) during the second half of a college football game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 57-7.
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Another former Arkansas State Redwolf has elected to transfer to Utah State.

On Monday, wide receiver Brandon Bowling announced over Twitter that he is headed to Logan for his final collegiate football season.

A redshirt senior from McKinney, Texas, Bowling spent five seasons in Jonesboro, playing in 28 games. He finished his A-State career with 72 receptions for 707 yards and six touchdowns, with his best year coming last season, when he had 29 receptions for 336 yards and four touchdowns.

On Jan. 1, Bowling expressed his appreciation for his time at Arkansas State in a tweet where he announced he would be a grad transfer, saying, “These last five years in Jonesboro have been more than I could have imagined as an 18-year old leaving Texas. The relationships that I have formed and the man that I have become is in large part to the coaches and professors that I have interacted with during my tenure. From the classroom to the football field I will never forget being an Arkansas State Redwolf. ... I am and will always be a proud Arkansas State alumni and it will always be my second home.”

Bowling is the second player from Arkansas State to join the Aggies after new head coach Blake Anderson left there for Logan, following quarterback Logan Bonner. USU has also added JUCO defensive tackle Aurion Peoples and Kansas cornerback Kyle Mayberry.

Also on Monday, USU announced that Al Lapuaho, DJ Tialavea and Chuckie Keaton have been named defensive line, tight ends and running back coaches, respectively.

Lapuaho is entering his fourth year with USU’s program, after spending 2020 as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant, and 2018 and 2019 as a defensive graduate assistant working with the defensive line.

A native of West Valley City, Lapuaho earned first-team all-conference honors at Snow College before making his way to Utah State, where he spent his junior and senior seasons in 2011 and 2012. He started all 26 games during his career in Logan, and finished with 66 tackles, which included 4.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. He earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior.

Tialavea is entering his second season with Utah State. He spent the 2020 season as an offensive graduate assistant coaching the tight ends. Tialavea appeared in 40 games with 17 starts as an Aggie, and caught 30 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns.

As for Keaton, who is one of the most impactful and recognizable players in program history, he returns to Utah State by way of Texas Tech, with five years of collegiate coaching experience working with quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers.

“You couldn’t ask for a better ambassador of Aggie Football than Chuckie Keeton,” said Anderson. “He understands our culture as well as anyone and has invested a great deal into this program as both a player and coach. Chuckie will bring great energy and knowledge to the offensive side of the football and his familiarity with the state of Texas, from a recruiting standpoint, is an added bonus to the future success of our program.”