(ASU) - The Arkansas State football team spent part of its New Year's Day conducting its first bowl-week practice in Mobile, Ala., hitting the South Alabama practice fields Thursday afternoon in preparation for its Jan. 4 GoDaddy Bowl game against Toledo.
A-State held practice three consecutive days at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro before using Dec. 31 as a travel day to Mobile. After arriving in the GoDaddy Bowl's host city yesterday, the Red Wolves attended a Team Welcome Reception at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
"Today was a recovery and regeneration type of day," said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. "With the way the cycle goes with the break and coming back and the way we hit before we left, this was really about getting their bodies regenerated and we pushed them pretty good. We got them sweating a little bit and then got some mental work in at the end with a light walk-thru. All-in-all, I thought it went well."
The Red Wolves are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl and have picked up wins in each of the last two against Kent State and Ball State, respectively. A-State has played in 11 bowl games prior to this season and holds a 4-6-1 record in those contests.
In addition to the GoDaddy Bowl, A-State has also played in the New Orleans Bowl (2005), Pecan Bowl (1970, 1969, 1968), Tangerine Bowl (1954), 1952) and Refrigerator Bowl (1952, 1951).
"Any time you have a winning season and you get to a postseason game that is huge, and for what these guys have been through in terms of transition and then add in the injuries we had, I think this is a huge accomplishment," said Anderson. "We are not satisfied with how and where we finished, but we are very proud of how the season ended and where we are."
"There are a lot of distractions in a bowl week, especially in the first couple of days with getting settled. Then you add in the fact it was New Year's Eve, so what I've learned from in the past is that it can be difficult to get guys to focus in on the little details with all the distractions around them. We were able to get in a lot of work before we got here, and we wanted to make sure travel day and the first practice went as well as it possibly could."
GoDaddy Bowl tickets can be purchased online at tickets.astate.edu and are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office.