ASU wraps up fifth practice with scrimmage

JONESBORO (8/11/09) - Suited out in full pads for the first time of its fall camp, the Arkansas State football team concluded its fifth practice with a full-contact scrimmage at ASU Stadium on Tuesday.

The Red Wolves took the field at 5:30 p.m. and held a shortened practice before running the 70-play scrimmage, which was scripted with different down-and-distance scenarios and allowed for a large number of players to get numerous reps.

"We had some things that were really, really good and some things that we can build off of, no doubt," said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts.  "Our offense, especially the first and second groups, took care of the football very well.  Defensively, we didn't give up any big plays to the first unit and that is a goal going into the first ballgame."

The longest play of the scrimmage came on a 52-yard run by sophomore Derek Lawson, but the offense gained at least 10 yards on 12 different plays.  Defensively, the Red Wolves posted one interception, a fumble recovery, three sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

ASU will hold its first two-a-day practices today, the first starting at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 5:45 p.m.

"We will keep building," added Roberts.  "I am pleased with tonight's practice but we have to keep building on it and keep getting better each and every day.  Wednesday is the first day of two-a-days, so we will see how we respond to that.  Fall camp is very difficult mentally and emotionally.  It's very tiring from a physical standpoint so you have to be able to go out and control those elements and focus and be consistent throughout the rest of fall camp."

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