ASU Football works on late-game situations

Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team held its 12th spring practice Monday in full pads at ASU Stadium and ended the workout with a brief full-contact team-competition segment focusing on situations the Red Wolves' could face late in a game.

"I thought today's practice went pretty well," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts.  "I felt like we came off a long, physical scrimmage Saturday morning and came back out today and had a productive practice, so I'm pleased with that."

The competition session followed two other team sessions and lasted three series, placing the offense in a situation where it had the lead and needed a first down to secure a victory. The offense won the first series with three consecutive rushes by Derek Lawson that gained a combined 16 yards.  The defense responded with two consecutive stops, forcing a turnover on one series and a three-and-out on the other.  The second series ended with a Nick Nelms interception on the offense's 33-yard line.

"The defense won two out of three during the four minute drill," said Roberts.  "There were two big plays.  The defense did a nice job reacting and made a great play to get a turnover, but from an offensive standpoint we obviously can't turn the ball over in that situation when we're trying to run the clock out. The next series, the defense was able to force a play out of bounds to stop the clock that would have given our offense another 40 seconds (in a game), but offensively we've got to stay in bounds.  The first series we ran three plays and got a first down, so defensively we've also got to stop the run.

"It was good to work on that situation, and obviously there are things we can coach off to correct the things that went wrong today so we can be successful in that situation."

The Red Wolves will practice again Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.