NEW ORLEANS, LA (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State football team held its final practice in preparation of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and attended a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Tim Brown as the squad wrapped up its pre-bowl festivities Friday.
A-State departed for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome around 7:45 a.m. for its final practice in preparation of the New Orleans Bowl. The team conducted a walkthrough and also took a team picture at midfield in the session that lasted a little under two hours.
The Red Wolves then attended the New Orleans Bowl Player’s Luncheon at noon. The event featured statements from Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz and A-State head coach Blake Anderson, and concluded with a speech by Brown, who played 17 years in the NFL and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson was in attendance along with Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Elect Billy Nungesser, Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod and representatives from R+L Carriers.
The A-State marching band, cheerleaders, and Red Wolves Dancers put on a live performance right before allowing the team to enter the room. Fans were also able to enjoy highlight videos from both teams and listen to a Q&A session featuring each team’s players asking their respective head coach a couple of questions.
Arkansas State plays Louisiana Tech Saturday night at 8 p.m. in a nationally-televised contest on ESPN at the Superdome in New Orleans. A-State will carry the nation’s fourth longest winning streak into its game against Louisiana Tech, which will be making its first ever appearance in the New Orleans Bowl. The Bulldogs are making back-to-back bowl trips for just the second time in school history after finishing the 2015 regular season in second place in Conference USA’s West Division.