Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team took the practice fields as scheduled Wednesday evening, but made it just close to halfway through its eighth fall workout before having to take shelter and eventually cancel the rest of practice due to lightning in the area.
ASU head coach Steve Roberts said the team, suited out in shorts and shoulder pads, was hoping to be able to finish practice, but was still able to get some things accomplished despite the fact its time on the field was cut short.
"We were able to install a few new things that we had going in today, but didn't get the repetitions in a team setting and inside like we wanted to do," said Roberts. "We also had punt and punt return scheduled for later in practice, which we weren't able to get to, but we'll be able to make some of it up in the morning."
The Red Wolves reported for fall camp Wednesday, August 4, and tomorrow's two-a-day schedule will mark a full week of practices for the team. Following the lightning delay that eventually caused the second half of today's practice to be canceled, Roberts said that he is very pleased with A-State's fall camp thus far.
"We're obviously at that time where you start hitting that wall from a physical standpoint being able to accomplish what you need to accomplish, but the players are fighting through it," said Roberts. "The effort has been tremendous throughout camp. We have some great position battles going on, battles for playing time. We need some guys to step up at a couple of positions, but we're real pleased with the progress."
Also coming out of the Red Wolves fall camp, 5-7, 165-pound wide receiver Roddrick Hall has joined the team and went through his first practice today. The Carson, Calif. native and Fresno City College transfer recorded 29 receptions for 255 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Rams. He averaged 8.8 yards per catch and his 29 receptions were the second most on the team. Hall recorded 11 rushing attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown, while also sharing duties as a punt and kickoff returner during the 2009 season.
As a freshman in 2008, Hall tallied 24 receptions for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 16.9 yards per reception and had a long catch of 57 yards. He ranked second on the team in receptions and his 16.9 average was the second highest among players with at least 15 catches.
"Rod Hall joined us today, went through his first practice, and we are very excited about his addition to the team," said Roberts. "We are looking forward to seeing how he learns and performs."
The Red Wolves will practice Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and again at 5:45 p.m.