Jonesboro (ASU) — Overcast skies and a slight breeze greeted the Arkansas State Red Wolves Monday afternoon when they took the field for the fourth practice of the 2010 fall camp. The break in the weather dropped temperatures from near 100 degrees to below 90 as the Red Wolves worked in shorts and shoulder pads in the split workout at the ASU practice fields.
The practice got underway at 4:30 with freshmen and newcomers taking the field, followed by the veterans at 6:10. Both groups went through individual position workouts before focusing on team offense and defense. Monday's workout was the final scheduled split practice of fall camp.
"We got a lot accomplished today and I thought our young guys really did a great job," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts. "They have improved since the last split practice. Obviously, they have gotten a lot of reps and we are really pleased with their effort."
Roberts singled out freshman running backs Frankie Jackson and Sir Gregory Thornton, along with wide receiver R.J. Fleming and defensive linemen Alfonzo Simmons, Brandon Joiner and Blake Chavis.
"We are really pleased with all of those young guys," Roberts continued. "They are working hard and they are talented enough to play at this level."
"Our older guys continue to impress as well, and we are optimistic about our opportunities this year," added Roberts. "We are very competitive on both sides of the football. If we stay healthy and continue to work as hard as we are working now, that optimism will continue."
Arkansas State will return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon, with the A-State coaching staff scheduled to get their first look at the Red Wolves in full pads. A scrimmage is scheduled to be included in Tuesday's workout, which is scheduled to get underway at 5:30 p.m
"Practices have been pretty physical up to this point, but we are going to liven it up tomorrow and give them the opportunity to break tackles and make tackles," said Roberts. "It will be very, very competitive and we are looking forward to that."