Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team held a team-competition session working on its two-minute drill at the end of its 13th spring practice, held Wednesday afternoon at ASU Stadium as the Red Wolves' spring camp nears completion with their annual spring game scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
The full-contact two-minute drill included three series, all starting at the offense's 34-yard line, and consisted of 29 plays. The offense won the first series, the second series ended in a tie and the third went to the defense.
The first series placed the offense down by two points and it responded by driving to the defense's four-yard line and kicking a 20-yard field goal by Brandon Parker. Quarterback Phillip Butterfield was 2-of-5 passing on the drive for 37 yards, which included a 28-yard completion to Jonathan White that was the longest play of the team-competition session. Running back Derek Lawson also carried the ball three times for 20 yards on the drive, including a 10-yard run that moved the chains early. Linebacker Demario Davis recorded three tackles to lead the defense on the drive.
The second drive started with the offense down by six, and again the offense responded by going the length of the field and scoring a touchdown when Butterfield found wide receiver Allen Muse on a five-yard pass. However, the extra-point attempt was backed up 15 yards on a penalty after the touchdown play and the attempt was blocked to leave the score tied.
Butterfield was involved in every play of the second series, rushing twice and attempting 11 passes. The redshirt freshman ended the drive completing seven passes for 67 yards, which included four receptions by junior receiver Dwayne Frampton for 34 yards. Frampton's last reception covered 20 yards and set up the scoring play from the five-yard line.
The final series put the offense in another situation where it was down by two points. Taking advantage of two defensive penalties, the offense quickly drove to the defense's 35-yard line on just two plays. However, the defense tightened and allowed just five more yards to force a 47-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide.
"I thought it was very competitive and we made some plays on both sides of the football," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts of the competition session. "We made some key plays defensively to get some stops and made some great plays to extend some drives offensively, so I'm real pleased with that. I loved the energy and the life and competitiveness of it. It's different when when you're not hitting the quarterback. It's hard to tell what's a sack and what's not going to be a sack. You really don't give the quarterback the benefit of the doubt that he's going to be able to scramble and make a play sometimes, and sometimes you don't give the defense the benefit of the doubt it's going to make the play. So, it could turn out different when its live, but again, I'm very proud of the way we competed."
Defensively, the final two series saw a sack by Julian Green and three tackles by safety Kelcie McCray. Cornerback Darron Edwards posted two tackle and a pass break-up during the two-minute work, but also turned in a solid performance in the prior team session with two more passes defended that included an interception.
"I was real pleased with today's practice overall," said Roberts. "We needed to play a little faster during the inside drill, but I thought we picked it up from that point forward."
The Red Wolves will hold their 14th spring practice Friday at 3:30 p.m.