There’s not a lot of time away from football activities for a college football player, especially one whose team earns a postseason bowl invitation. Heflin’s Rocky Hayes falls into that category. Hayes and his Arkansas State teammates have an appointment with Ball State on Sunday in Mobile’s GoDaddy.com Bowl. For those who can’t make the trip to Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium to see the former Cleburne County High School star in person, ESPN will televise the game beginning at 8 p.m.
The bowl commitment left Hayes with a short Christmas vacation. He got home the Friday before Christmas and left the Friday after to return to Jonesboro. 2013 has been a productive season for Hayes, even though he moved from offense to defense when Gus Malzahn left Jonesboro for Auburn and Bryan Harsin became head man for the Red Wolves.