Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team went through its sixth spring practice Friday afternoon at ASU stadium, working out in shorts and shoulder pads one day before it holds an extended full-contact scrimmage that will close out its first two weeks of spring camp.
The Red Wolves went through position, team and special teams drills, worked in three periods of passing skeleton and concluded practice with a 20-minute team period. ASU will complete its first back-to-back practice days this spring with tomorrow's scrimmage.
"I thought it went pretty well," ASU head coach Steve Roberts said of Friday's practice. "We weren't as enthused as we needed to be, but we got a lot of reps and I'm anxious to watch film. I thought some of the execution was better on both sides of the football. We still have a lot of things we have to clean up and we're looking forward to scrimmaging tomorrow and putting some things out there live that we worked on today."
ASU held its first scrimmage of spring camp Wednesday, which lasted approximately 50 plays and used scripted situations based on different down-and-distance scenarios. Following today's practice, Roberts said that Saturday's scrimmage will utilize more game-type conditions where the offense will be allowed to sustain drives.
"We'll put the ball down and just let the situations develop like they would during a game rather than scripted," Roberts said. "We will try to get everybody in and see as many people as we can in live action tomorrow. We are looking forward to it.
"Looking back to Wednesday's scrimmage where we had 50 plays, it was as fast and physical of a scrimmage as we've had in a long time. I'm really enthused because of that, but we have to be more consistent. So that's one of things we're looking at -- to play as fast and as physical as we did Wednesday, but me more consistent offensively and defensively."
Saturday's practice is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m., starting with some practice drills before moving into the scrimmage.