Red Wolves complete first GoDaddy Bowl practice in Mobile

MOBILE, AL (ASU) — The Arkansas State football team conducted its first practice in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for the Jan. 5 GoDaddy Bowl against Ball State.

The Red Wolves worked out in helmets and shoulder pads on the practice facility at the University of South Alabama in windy and cool weather conditions.  A-State went through several drills on both sides of the ball before doing some team offensive and defensive work on opposite sides of the field.  After practice, players and coaches met with a large contingent of media.

"We got our guys out here and had a very crisp practice," said interim head coach John Thompson, who led the Red Wolves to a 17-13 victory over then-No. 25 Kent State in last season's GoDaddy Bowl.  "It's the last day we will be physical, but we had some hitting today.  We had some drills where we were full speed and both sides looked good.  We had some things we got cleaned up and I'm really pleased with our guys."

Several A-State players and coaches visited patients at the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital Thursday afternoon before the whole team will round out the day at the GoDaddy Bowl "Team Night."  Both squads will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment at the Eastern Shore Lanes in Spanish Fort, Ala.  The teams will compete in a bowling challenge, among other events.

Arkansas State is scheduled to practice again Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.  The Red Wolves (7-5) will play Ball State (10-2) Jan. 5 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in a game televised by ESPN.  Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office.  Fans can go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on 'Bowl Game Central' (astateredwolves.com/bowlgame) to order tickets.

The A-State Ticket Office will also be selling tickets at A-State's team hotel, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza, Jan. 3 from 1-5 p.m. and Jan. 4 between 2-6:30 p.m.