Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team started its fall camp with nine consecutive days of practice before using Sunday to hold meetings only, but was back on the field for two practices Monday as it worked out in cooler weather conditions than it saw most of last week.
The Red Wolves hit the practice fields this morning in shorts and shoulder pads, but came back this evening inside ASU Stadium suited out in full pads for their 13th practice of the year.
"I thought it was pretty good," said ASU head coach Steve Roberts of today's practices. "After going back and watching tape, this morning's practice was better than I originally thought, and we got some things accomplished. There are still things we have to get corrected, but I really liked our energy, effort and enthusiasm tonight. The weather was obviously a big break today compared to what we've been practicing in, so that was great for our team."
The Red Wolves held several team periods during both practices to cover various material, but today's late practice gave a lot of attention to work inside the red zone. Both the ASU offense and defense are still in the installation phase that includes the implementation of a new offense.
"We're still in the installation process, adding a little bit every day and repping that stuff and maybe getting a few reps of the things that have already been added," Roberts said about the Red Wolves offense. "We're pleased with the way things are progressing offensively. We've just got to take care of the football and stay on schedule."
In addition to the other special teams practice held earlier as part of both workouts, A-State got in some extra field goal work during and after its team red zone periods that ended its third day of two-a-days. The Red Wolves made 9-of-12 field goal attempts that ranged from 23 to 38 yards. Freshman kickers Brian Davis and Bobby Zalud combined to make 8-of-9 field goals, including all three of their attempts from over 35 yards.
"I thought (the field goal work) went really well," said Roberts. "I thought Brian Davis did a great job. He was 5-for-5 in all the situations we put out there. I think Bobby Zalud was 3-for-4, and I was very pleased with that. The protection was pretty good as well, so I think we are making progress there."
A-State will hold its 14th practice tomorrow at 5:45 p.m., and use part of the workout to hold an estimated 30-40 play scrimmage focusing on red zone situations.