JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team began its on-field preparation for the GoDaddy Bowl on Saturday at Centennial Bank Stadium, holding the first of five practices open to the public over the next six days.
"It was great to get back on the field today," said A-State Interim Head Coach John Thompson. "It's a reward to be out here practicing in December, and the energy was really good. There are obviously going to be some things we need to clean up, so we'll go back and watch the film and continue to improve.
"We've got quite a few practices we're going to be able to get out here, so everyone is going to get work and this will make us better down the road," continued Thompson. "We'll use this as an opportunity to look at some of our young guys, but at the same time we've got to remain sharp."
The Red Wolves will practice again tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. and Tuesday (Dec. 17), Wednesday (Dec. 18) and Thursday (Dec. 19) at 11:15 a.m. and meet on Friday (Dec. 20) before breaking for Christmas until Dec. 27. A-State will resume its Jonesboro practices Dec. 28-31.
A-State has also announced it will hold a noon pep rally Monday, Dec. 16, on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to celebrate the Red Wolves' third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship and upcoming appearance in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl.
The pep rally is being held in conjunction with Arkansas State's "Mobile-ize Our State" campaign urging all Arkansans to show their state pride by joining the Red Wolves in Mobile, Ala., for the Jan. 5 bowl game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The team will depart for Mobile on Jan. 1 and arrive at the team hotel, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza later that day. The Renaissance Riverview Plaza is located at 64 South Water Street in Mobile, Ala.