JONESBORO (8/25/09) - The Arkansas State football team's Tuesday afternoon practice kicked off with a bang when coaching legend Gene Stallings addressed the team prior to the start of its 20th workout since the Red Wolves reported for fall camp on Aug. 5.
Stallings, who is speaking at the annual ASU Touchdown Club Banquet at the Holiday Inn Tuesday night, addressed the players as they huddled on the practice fields and had some inspirational words for the Red Wolves as they continue their preparation for the 2009 season.
"We're very appreciative to Coach Stallings for taking time out of his schedule to come to practice and speak to the team," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts. "This was a very motivating experience and obviously a great opportunity for our team to hear from someone as well respected as Coach Stallings."
Stallings began his college coaching career as an assistant at Alabama in 1958 and in 1965 became head coach at Texas A&M. Beginning in 1972, he coached 14 season as an assistant under Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys and was named head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986. In 1990, he became head coach at Alabama, where he won the National Championship in 1992 with a 13-0 record.
After the team heard from Stallings, it began its workout that featured a number of bright spots according to Roberts.
"I thought the effort was pretty good and we definitely had some things we can build off of," said Roberts. "Corey (Leonard, senior quarterback) had a good day once he got started. He was not sharp early, but he was very sharp late. Taylor Clements continues to do a good job for us offensively at receiver. I was also pleased with the work of M.D. Jennings and Marcus Brown. Those two guys at safety had a good day and kicker Josh Arauco had a good day as well."
ASU will practice again Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
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