Jonesboro (ASU) – Suited out in full pads for the first time this fall, the Arkansas State football team used its fifth fall-camp practice to hold a 64-play scrimmage Tuesday night inside ASU Stadium.
The Red Wolves spent the early part of their workout on the practice fields before moving to the stadium for their first practice time on their new field installed at the conclusion of spring camp. The offense and defense both shined at times as each unit made several big plays over the course of the scripted scrimmage that gave a lot of players time on the field.
"I thought we did really well in extremely hot and humid conditions," head coach Steve Roberts said of the scrimmage. "It was the first day in full pads and we held back a little bit from the pace that we would normally do, which doesn't give our offense all of its weapons. Defensively, we ran to the ball very well and had some individuals make some big plays. Bryan Hall made one of the best plays that I have seen in a long, long time. We threw and caught the ball fairly well with our first group, but we have to do a better job of protecting the quarterback."
Phillip Butterfield completed 9-of-15 passes for 118 yards, including a 32-yard completion to wide receiver Taylor Stockemer that was the longest play of the night, to lead the offensive attack. Ryan Aplin was also solid at quarterback, completing 6-of-9 attempts for 65 yards. The two players combined to complete the first nine pass attempts of the scrimmage.
"I thought Ryan made a couple of really good plays and Phillip had a couple of big-time throws. We are really pleased with both of those guys, they have both had a great camp so far. They have thrown a million balls in the last five days and that obviously shows right now, but they will get that back. I thought tonight's competition was good for our whole team."
Receiver Dwayne Frampton hauled in a team-best three passes for 11 yards, while Stockemer accounted for a team-high 53 yards on two receptions. Anthony Robinson, one of 11 players to catch at least one pass, followed with two receptions for 44 yards. Seven different running backs had at least one rushing attempt, including Derek Lawson with six carries for a team-high 18 yards. Sherodrick Smith followed with 15 yards on four carries, while Frankie Jackson had 13 yards on five attempts and Sirgregory Thornton 12 yards on four carries.
The defense recorded seven tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception. Linebacker LaAngelo Albright recorded a team-high four tackles, while Michael Lombardo, Darius Glover, Ryan Carrethers, Bryan Hall and Jaquan Kilcrease all followed with three stops each. Carrethers added two sacks and Hall, Nathan Herrold and Blake Chavis all had one. Safety Sterling Young was responsible for the defense's only interception, but Hall, Andrew Tryon, Najel Byrd and Jeremy Gibson all broke up one pass.
The Red Wolves will hold their first two-a-days practices tomorrow, taking the field at 9:00 a.m. and again at 5:45 p.m.