JONESBORO (8/9/09) - The Arkansas State football team held its second straight split-squad practice, which counted as its third overall workout, Sunday evening in helmets and shoulder pads on the ASU practice fields.
The Red Wolves will hold one final split-squad workout today before practicing as a full team Tuesday and running its first two-a-day practices Wednesday.
The split-squad practices maximizes the opportunity for more players to get as many repetitions as possible and also allows for more individual coaching. Made up of mostly newcomers and players with less game-time experience, the first group took the fields at 4:30 p.m. and the second group, consisting of mostly veterans, followed at 6:10 p.m.
Both groups finished their practice session with a team-practice period. The Red Wolves again worked on different down-and-distance situations during the team period, the second group running 30 players during the segment.
The offensive play was highlighted by two long completions by senior quarterback Corey Leonard. The first went to Taylor Clements for a gain of at least 30 yards before the whistle blew and the second to senior receiver Brandon Thompkins covered approximately 20 yards. Senior defensive lineman Khari Mays and senior defensive end Stanley Wakwe both got to the quarterback on a couple of plays to highlight the defense's play.
"I was much more pleased tonight(Sunday) than I was last night with our finish," said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts. "I thought we started off well and finished strong. We had fun and did what it takes for us to be successful. We've just got to make sure that we are consistent in doing that and that it's not just a one-time occurrence."
"The retention from spring football and from the voluntary workouts in the summer continues to be good," Roberts continued. "We are loading them up with installation every day and they seem to be responding to that very well. We have some leaders on our team that are doing a very good job of getting everybody on the same page as far as effort and preparation for practice."
While it's still early in the Red Wolves 2009 fall camp, Roberts noted that a large number of players have stood out during the team's first three practices. Among those players are junior defensive lineman Bryan Hall, Wakwe, sophomore linebacker Michael Adams, freshman receiver Allen Muse and redshirt freshman running back Don Jones.
Today's practice begins at 4:30 p.m. with the first group and the practice's second session is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
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