JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State football team resumed its spring camp Monday morning, taking the ASU Stadium field at 7:30 a.m. for its second practice in shorts and helmets following ASU's spring break week.
A-State actually returned from an 11-day layoff since opening its spring camp March 14. The Red Wolves' second practice was originally scheduled for March 16, but poor weather conditions forced the workout to be postponed until after spring break.
"I could tell that we were a little sluggish after the break, but we certainly happy to be back on the field," said ASU head coach Gus Malzahn. "We strategically planned to have two non-padded practices before we left (for spring break), but of course lightning forced us to adjust our schedule.
"We've got to learn to practice fast," Malzahn said of ASU's first two workouts. "We have to recover quicker and that is going to be our big challenge as coaches this week - to solve that and get our guys to understand how we need to practice not only from a tempo standpoint, but the attention to detail and everything that goest with that. We're at a point where we are just needing to learn how to practice as a group, both offensively and defensively. There's no doubt we'll get there - we've got good kids and we've got good coaches."
The Red Wolves have three additional practices scheduled for this week, including Wednesday when they will put on pads for the first time.
"We'll stress being physical," said Malzahn about ASU's first practice in pads. "It's really hard to evaluate until we get into pads, but things will become more physical now and we're looking forward to seeing what we do when we have pads on."
Also coming out of ASU's spring camp, senior punter Neely Sullivent has been granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA. Sullivent was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection last season.
ASU will hold its annual Pro Day tomorrow at ASU Stadium, starting at 10:30 a.m. with weight-room testing and measurements. The players will move outside at approximately 11:00 a.m. to go through on-field testing.