ASU's Butterfield out for the season

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State football coach Steve Roberts announced Thursday night that redshirt freshman quarterback Phillip Butterfield was out for the season.

Roberts says Butterfield injured his knee earlier in the week during practice.  "Phillip is out for the season," said Roberts.  "It will give him an opportunity to learn.  We were hoping to give him the opportunity to learn by getting a few reps in practice.  He was doing well and we are very proud to have him as a part of our program.  He is a great young man and he has the skills that I think it takes for him to be successful here.  We are looking forward to next year and getting him back out here."

Butterfield graduated in the spring from Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs.  He was ranked as the 36th best quarterback in the nation from when he signed with ASU earlier this year.

On the practice field Thursday night it was shorts and shoulder pads for the team's 8th workout.

"Today wasn't bad.  We started off a little slow but finished with a little bit better tempo and a little bit better enthusiasm," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts. "I thought our execution was a little bit better at the end than it was is in the beginning and we got some things done."

Roberts said he was pleased with certain areas of the practice, noting the work the Red Wolves got done on special teams and during the team-practice periods.

"We saw some team pass and team blitz situations, and we did some full-speed punt and punt returns and I thought that went well," added Roberts.  "This was the first time we have been able to get that on film, so it will be invaluable when we go back and show the guys what is expected in those two areas."