Jonesboro (ASU) - Redshirt freshman quarterback Phillip Butterfield passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns, highlighting an extended scrimmage held by the Arkansas State football team Saturday morning at ASU Stadium.
The Red Wolves ran over 90 plays, piling up 406 yards of total offense that produced six touchdowns and four field goals. The defense also shined at times, forcing five three-and-out series, recording six tackles for loss and a sack and scoring a touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return by sophomore safety Cole Lorigan.
"We did a good job moving the ball offensively and a good job defensively by getting some stops to end some long drives -- which is great from a defensive perspective, but disappointing from an offensive standpoint that we didn't finish those drives," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts. "The guys came out and really got after it, and I was pleased with a lot of things. We were better today than what we've shown this week. We challenged them to cut down on the mental mistakes and the negative plays on both sides of the football and I thought we were able to do that."
Butterfield looked sharp from start to finish, completing 26-of-42 passes without an interception. He completed at least one pass to 10 different players, including a team-best six for 59 yards to junior receiver Dwayne Frampton. Anthony Robinson, Derek Lawson, Allen Muse and Shederick Austin also hauled in a scoring reception, while the longest play of the day came on a 40-yard pass from Butterfield to Andre Smith.
"Phillip threw the ball very well and is getting more comfortable with his reads and where he needs to go with the football," said Roberts. "He is extremely accurate and has proven that throughout our spring practices. Shederick Austin made a tremendous catch down in the end zone. I was really pleased to see that out of Shed and it should be a big confidence boost for him."
The offense turned out 113 yards on the ground, led by Jermaine Robertson with 15 carries for 60 yards. The junior running back posted two runs of at least 12 yards, including a 17-yard run that was the longest of the scrimmage. Lawson was responsible for the only rushing touchdown, a three-yard run on the 45th play of the day.
In addition to Lawson's rushing touchdown and Butterfield's five touchdown passes, ASU?also made four field goal attempts to finish 10 drives with points. Brandon Parker attempted all but one of ASU's six field goal attempts on the day, making 4-of-5 that included a long of 40 yards.
"I thought Derek Lawson had a couple of good runs, and Jermaine Robertson had some really strong runs as well," said Roberts. "Brandon?Parker had a great day after struggling last week. We challenged him to be more consistent this week and he did that, making 4-of-5 field goals. So I was pleased with the way he finished and hopefully he will gain some confidence from that."
The defense got at least one tackle from 23 different players, including five that posted a tackle for loss and one with a sack. Demario Davis and Timothy Starson both had a team-high six tackles, while Kelcie McCray and Isaiah Shepard followed with five each. Javon McKinnon, Amos Draper, Tausean Holmes, Dorvus Woods and Tim Pruitt all recorded a tackle for loss and Woods was responsible for the only sack.
"Javon McKinnon stood out with several big plays defensively," said Roberts. "Dorvus Woods and Bryan Hall both continue to stand out on the defensive line and made several nice plays today."
The Red Wolves will practice again Monday at 3:30 p.m.