JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) – A pair of practices were the focal points of Tuesday's schedule for the Arkansas State football team as the Red Wolves held the first of three "two-a-days" planned for their fall camp.
A-State was inside Liberty Bank Stadium in full pads this morning for the second straight practice, and then returned to the field this evening in shorts and shoulder pads.
"Our morning practice wasn't bad, but the mentality wasn't what it needed to be tonight and that showed up some," said head coach Bryan Harsin. "Two-a-days are about overcoming the fatigue that goes with it and showing some toughness to accomplish your goals. We did some good things, but there were some other areas where we have to continue to improve."
The morning practice was highlighted by the performance of the offense in goal line periods, while the defense shined in the second with its effort in the red zone sessions that included an interception by sophomore defensive end Chris Stone.
"The goal line period this morning was live, and the offense did a great job," Harsin said. "The defense came back with a different mentality this evening, swelled up in the red zone, and answered back. They got a couple of turnovers. Chris was flying around out there and made a nice play on a tipped ball at the end, so it was good to see the way the defense finished.
"I like the way our defensive line is playing right now," continued Harsin. "(Defensive line coach Steve) Caldwell is doing a great job with that group. They go hard, and they are leaders by example. The defensive energy we've had all around has been good for the most part. The offense has done some nice things as well, and the quarterbacks continue to progress as a group, but it's a little harder right now to get into a rhythm on that side of the ball while you're switching out players at that position."
The Red Wolves will continue their fall camp Wednesday with their first scrimmage, which is expected to include approximately 90-100 plays that will give each personnel group 30-35 reps.
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