JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The 2013 football season has arrived as the Arkansas State University football team participated in its annual Media Day activities Thursday (Aug. 1) at the A-State Football Facility on the ASU campus in Jonesboro, Ark.
The A-State Football Media Day event signaled the first official fall camp function for the 2013 Red Wolves, who are under the direction of first-year head coach Bryan Harsin.
The Red Wolves went through orientation sessions on Thursday and will take to the field Friday (Aug. 2) for their first official practice with 105 players reporting for fall drills.
"We're just excited and ready to go," said Harsin at the media day press conference. "We've been planning and preparing for this and just trying to get all the contingency plans for anything that might come up practice wise and throughout camp.
"Our coaches are looking forward to it and we haven't been with these guys since spring. They've been working tremendously hard this summer, preparing themselves physically and mentally, out there practicing and putting the time in to come into fall camp so they can show their very best," added Harsin.
The annual A-State Football Media Day featured a number of local and regional print and broadcast media outlets in attendance. Following a luncheon, media interviews with Red Wolves' players and coaches were conducted followed by A-State head coach Bryan Harsin's press conference in the afternoon. Individual photos and video introductions of the Red Wolves' players and coaching staff were also taken.
Arkansas State, the two-time (2011 and 2012) defending Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Champions, return 53 letter winners from a season ago which includes a combined 12 starters on both sides of the ball.
"We've got a lot of different spots up for competition and those guys understand that. We came out of spring with an understanding that whoever earns it is the guy. We want to create competition and want to get better because of that," said Harsin. "Our structure for practice will be that everyone is together early and our veterans will take the majority of the team reps in the second half of practice and then we'll finish with the newcomers. I really feel like having those young guys out there and being a part of the veteran group helps us get them in the mix and then let them have some time on their own at the end ofpractice."
The Red Wolves, who were picked third in the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Coaches Preseason Poll, will have a busy schedule this early fall leading up to their 2013 season opener on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro. Opening kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. (CT) in a non-conference game to be televised on ESPN3.
"We have three actual two-a-day practices and the rest are once a day and then with your meeting times throughout camp. This is the one time we really don't have a lot of restrictions on time as far as what we can do meeting wise and practice wise because once you get into the season you're limited to your 20 hours," said Harsin. "We try to get as much done as we can during this time and we try to keep guys here as long as we can to be around them and get ourselves prepared for the upcoming season. That's where our mindset is at right now and we're looking forward to getting out on the field and doing our jobs tomorrow."
Season and individual game tickets for the Red Wolves' 2013 football campaign, which includes six home games, are currently on sale and can be ordered by contacting the A-State Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS (278-3267) or by visiting AStateRedWolves.com. For more information, contact A-State Athletics Marketing at 870-972-3880.