ASU holds first two-a-days of fall camp

Jonesboro (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves hit the practice field twice Wednesday in the first of four scheduled two-a-days sessions in their 2010 fall camp.

Working out in shorts and helmets, the Red Wolves took advantage of the morning session to work on individual drills, pass skeleton, inside drills and special teams.  During the special teams session, the coaching staff got their first look at the Red Wolves in kick return drills, and also worked on punt returns.

In the afternoon session, the Red Wolves dressed out in full pads, again working on individual drills, pass skeleton, inside drills and special teams.  The defensive staff also focused on pass rush and blitz packages.

The Red Wolves concluded their second practice with a full-contact team competition segment, running 12 plays that the defense won 7-5.  The coaching staff put the players in a 1st-and-10 situation where the offense needed at least four yards to earn a point.

While the defense won the session, the offense had a couple of big plays, including one that potentially could have gone for a touchdown if the play had not been whistled dead.  Redshirt freshman quarterback Phillip Butterfield connected with senior receiver Anthony Robinson on a 39-yard strike on the scrimmage's second play, and five plays later sophomore quarterback Ryan Aplin found freshman receiver Earl Lucas on a pass that went for over 40 yards.

While the defense didn't force any turnovers, it held the offense to two yards or less on six plays.

"I thought we showed up tonight and competed very well.  I thought we got better tonight," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts.  "I was very pleased with all of the individual stuff.  The guys were really locked in and got better.  We threw a lot at them tonight with some blitz pickups, perimeter drills, pass skeleton and a first down scrimmage at the end and I was really pleased with the way they competed."

The Red Wolves will return to the practice field Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

"Tomorrow we will continue to put new stuff in on both side of the football and give them reps at that," said Roberts.  "We will also create reps for the things we have already put in, and try to keep them sharp on that.  We want them to lock in on their meetings, lock in on the practice field, participate with everything they have and play with a passion."