JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Still early into its 2015 fall camp, the Arkansas State football team held its second practice Friday morning in shorts and helmets at the Student Activity Center.
Due to heavy rainfall in the Jonesboro area the last two days, the team was indoors for the second straight day and went through another productive workout according to head coach Blake Anderson.
"The energy level was high, and we added some things it seemed like they were really prepared for," said Anderson. "Even the young guys made very few mental mistakes today, so overall it was a very good day. We created a couple of turnovers on defense and had a few big plays on offense, so we kind of went back and forth and were able to accomplish a lot with this practice."
While several members of A-State's 2015 signing class went through the Red Wolves' spring camp, including eight transfers made up of three defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, two defensive backs and a kicker, the last two days have been the first team practices featuring all the newcomers.
"They don't look out of place," said Anderson, referring to the younger players in camp. "There is no deer-in-the-headlights kind of looks. They did make mistakes and we expect that, but they are moving at the same tempo as everybody else in drills, and I think the older guys did a good job of bringing them along over the summer."
Arkansas State will practice again the next two mornings before putting on pads Monday and using Tuesday as a recovery day. Anderson discussed some of the Red Wolves' goals leading up to their first practice in pads.
"We want to get through our base install, make sure everyone retained what they needed to from the spring, and we want to start to create turnovers on defense and take care of the ball on offense," stated Anderson. "We really just want to acclimate the guys' bodies to practice. Summer workouts are different from what we are doing now. (Junior offensive lineman) Jemar Clark burned over 2400 calories yesterday in a 16 period practice, and there is no way that their bodies are used to that. So the goal is to build up so when we put the pads on Monday, their bodies are ready for it and we won't have any setbacks."