JONESBORO (8/7/09) - Two days after reporting for fall camp and going through numerous meetings and activities that included its annual Media Day, the Arkansas State football team hit the field Friday evening for its first of 25 practices over the next three weeks.
While the Red Wolves took the ASU practice fields at 5:15 p.m. as a full team, they will split their next three practices into two sessions with mostly newcomers taking part in the early session and primarily veterans participating in the second. ASU will resume practices as a full squad Aug. 11 and hold its first two-a-day practices Aug. 12.
The players and coaches participated in ASU's annual Media Day activities Friday morning and then held special teams and position meetings in the afternoon prior to practice.
The practice included offensive and defensive drills, individual and position drills, some special teams work and passing skeletons and various other aspects of the team's preparation for the season. The practice concluded with a team practice session, which also included a period with just the newcomers.
"Everything starts with fundamentals and techniques," said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts. "One thing you see coming off the summer is players doing things like not taking a perfect step, not seating the ball, not getting depth on a drop - things that you get by with when it's not live. So it's back to fundamentals at every position. We are also very aggressive on our installation. We try to get as much in as they can possibly retain, then pare back our game plan from there."
ASU's practice Saturday will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the first session that will be followed by the second session beginning at 6:10 p.m.