JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves hit the field early Tuesday morning to begin the first two-a-day workout session of their 2011 fall camp. A-State took the field in ASU Stadium just after 7:00 a.m. for the sixth practice of fall camp, then returned to the practice field at 4:30 p.m. for the second session of the day.
Although a portion of the morning workout was devoted to the passing game, much of the early session was dedicated to special teams work.
"This morning was a good teaching session after last night's practice, and wasn't too hard on their bodies," said ASU head coach Hugh Freeze. "Doing what we do both offensively and defensively takes a lot of reps, however, and we were able to accomplish that and get in some good special teams drills as well."
"The competition between our placekickers is very close," Freeze added. "I think both Bobby (Zalud) and Brian (Davis) are doing well. One will win in one day's practice and then the next day, the other will win, and (Ryan) Wilbourn is coming on too. It's a three-man battle there and a two-man battle at punter."
In the afternoon session, the Red Wolves opened the workout with more emphasis on placekicking before moving to individual drills, more special teams work and pass skeleton. The afternoon workout wrapped up with offense vs. defense team drills.
"We installed some new things today on offense that I liked a lot," Freeze said following the afternoon practice. "It was something new we studied this summer and just got it in today. We got a good look at it and I really like it, we've just got to keep working it and getting a little smoother. Overall, the defense won the drill today though. The defensive line is really playing with great effort. Elroy Brown really stood out with the way he is chasing the football."
"We welcome the challenge of two-a-day practices," Freeze continued. "It's part of the journey and changing our mindset. I thought their spirits were great this morning even though we got them up at 5:30 and got them going. We changed up the schedule on them and had our meetings at different times just so they don't get bored with the routine."
The Red Wolves will return to practice Wednesday, when fall camp resumes at 3:15 p.m.
Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2011 campaign, which includes six home games, are on sale and can be ordered by contacting the ASU Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS, or by visiting AStateRedWolves.com. The Red Wolves open the season Sept. 3 at Illinois, with the home opener set for Sept. 10 against Memphis