ASU Football Holds Pair of Practices Friday

JONESBORO (8/14/09) - The Arkansas State football team went through its second set of two-a-day practices Friday as it continued its fall camp workouts in shorts and helmets during the morning session and in full pads for the evening session.

The Red Wolves took the practice fields at 9:00 a.m. this morning before taking the fields again at 5:45 p.m.  ASU held its first two-a-days Wednesday and have two more scheduled for Monday and Wednesday of next week.

"There are still a couple of things that we need to clean up, but we were fairly sharp tonight," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts.  "It is getting to be that time when you have to really focus in on concentrating and on the effort that you are putting forth and your technique.  Your head is still swimming from everything we are putting in, installation-wise.  You can't just come out here and say, 'I'm ready to go.'  You have to prepare yourself to be ready."

ASU went through individual drills, special teams practice and held two team segments during the early practice. The second team period focused on 3rd-and-long situations and the practice wrapped up with kickoff and kickoff return work.

The second practice was highlighted by a 12-play, full-contact team period that again focused on 3rd-and-long situations. The offense won the team-competition period by picking up at least four first downs in those situations.  Redshirt freshman Ryan Aplin completed three passes that went for a first down, while senior Corey Leonard also had a completion that would have moved the sticks.

"The offense had to win four of the 12 in order to win the third and long situation drill," said Roberts.  "Typically, you want to be above 50 percent on all third downs, but when you factor in that it was third and long, you can take that down to about 30 percent.  One of the downs was a little bit tough to tell, I will have to look at it in film, but they won it outright with four."

"Corey had a good night, but I don't think he had his best night," Roberts added.  "He has really performed well in fall camp, but he missed a couple of things tonight that he normally wouldn't have missed.  I thought Ryan Aplin was extremely sharp.  He threw a couple of deep balls in pass skeleton that were really tremendous; as good as we have seen in a long time and he continues to play very well.  We are very excited about him."

The Red Wolves will hold one practice Saturday at 5:45 p.m.

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