9th ASU Football spring practice Wednesday includes goal-line scrimmage

Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team continued its spring camp Wednesday afternoon at ASU Stadium, suiting out in full pads for its ninth practice that included a team-competition session focusing on third-and-long situations and a goal-line scrimmage that saw the offense score a touchdown on four of five series.

Offensively, the 15-play team-competition segment was highlighted by  a 28-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Phillip Butterfield to senior wide receiver Anthony Robinson and a 17-yard Butterfield completion to junior receiver Dwayne Frampton.  The defense got sacks from sophomore linebacker Nick Nelms and senior defensive lineman Bryan Hall, while junior safety Kelcie McCray and junior linebacker Demario Davis both recorded an interception.

Butterfield also had a pair of rushes that went for approximately six and seven yards, while Andre Smith completed a pass to Lucious Henderson that gained close to seven yards.  Defensively, Tim Pruitt and McCray both broke up one pass and Nelms, Hall, Timothy Starson, LaAngelo Albright, Jaquan Kilcrease, Isaiah Shepard and Julian Jones all posted a tackle.

ASU ended its workout with the goal-line scrimmage, which included 13 plays made up of two series starting at the six-yard line, two beginning at the five-yard line and another starting at the four.  Robinson posted a six-yard touchdown run on third down to cap the first series and Jermaine Robertson scored the first of his two touchdowns during the scrimmage on a five-yard run to start the second series.

The next series saw the defense hold and force a missed 26-yard field goal attempt, but the offense came back to score a pair of third-down touchdowns on the final two series.  Butterfield found sophomore wide receiver Andre Smith for a six-yard touchdown on the fourth series and Robertson punched it into the end zone from one-yard out to conclude the session.

"I thought we did some good things during the goal-line session," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts.  "Offensively, we scored four out of five possessions.  We missed a field goal and we are still way to inconsistent in our kicking game, but I thought Jermaine Robertson ran the football extremely tough and I was excited to see Anthony Robinson stick the ball in the end zone on the first series."

The Red Wolves will practice again Friday at 3:30 p.m. before holding a full-contact scrimmage Saturday at 9:45 a.m.