JONESBORO (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team suited up in shoulder pads Sunday afternoon for the first time this fall, continuing the early stages of its preseason camp with its third practice in as many days.
The Red Wolves had another full day, carrying out a schedule that was somewhat similar to what they will see on a full-scale "two-a-day" practice lineup. The team held an early-morning workout inside Liberty Bank Stadium, which was high tempo and focused on individual training within groups, and then returned to the stadium for a 3:05 p.m. practice.
"Today's format was pretty grinding, but we had a good workout in the morning and a good practice in the afternoon," said A-State head coach Bryan Harsin. "There wasn't anything especially negative or fantastic about practice. The energy was pretty good, but we didn't have the consistency we needed today. We would have a group do well and then just kind of drop off -- we have to improve on that."
With three practices completed, Harsin said the team has done a nice job building a solid foundation for its fall camp. Although the team isn't off track, the Red Wolves new head coach is also quick to point out they still have a long ways to go in terms of preparation.
"We've still got a lot of things we need to continue to work on," said Harsin. "I think the veterans and newcomers have done a good job, but the young guys have hit a wall that normally happens around this time with all the installation they have to learn."
While today's practice wasn't full contact nor full pads, it was more physical with the players putting on shoulder pads for the first time.
"Those thud hits applied certainly makes it an adjustment, especially for the offensive guys," said Harsin. "As you get into pads, the key is to play near full speed without going down and that's a fine line with something you can't simulate. The players weren't going to the ground, but they were still taking a shot for the first time since the spring game. I thought our players responded well to that added element."
The Red Wolves will continue their fall camp Monday with their fourth practice.
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