JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) - One day after reporting for fall camp and hosting its annual Media Day, the Arkansas State football team held its first practice Thursday as it continued preparations for its 2015 season that will begin Sept. 5 at No. 10 USC.
The Red Wolves, picked to finish third in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Coaches Poll, held their first team practice featuring the entire 2015 signing class and A-State's returning lettermen. A-State returns 53 lettermen, including 11 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selections that were the most in the league.
"It was a good day – the guys had a lot of bounce in their step, which you would expect," said Blake Anderson, who is entering his second season as A-State's head football coach. "We stayed off the ground, and we had some good competition out there. We were able to work the nerves out and move on."
Anderson also announced the addition of three new team members, including defensive back Jai Knight (Hahnville (La.) High School), wide receiver Chris Murray (Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College) and offensive lineman Jamal Fontenot (Kilgore (TX) College).
The team reported yesterday and started its day with the annual A-State Football Media Day, which concluded with a 3 p.m. press conference with Anderson at the football facility.
"There has been a lot of anticipation building up to today, and it's time to get rolling," said Anderson at the press conference. "All the conversations I've had with our team leaders, (Strength and Conditioning) Coach (Matt) Shadeed and our strength staff about what our guys accomplished over the summer have been positive. I'm excited about the possibilities with this group. They have definitely put in the work to give us an opportunity to be a very good football team."