JONESBORO, Ark. (4/6/16) – The Arkansas State football team remains set to take its spring camp on the road Friday, April 8, to Central Arkansas, where the defending Sun Belt Conference champions will conduct their 10th spring practice at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
The practice will be open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will feature a full-contact scrimmage that A-State head coach Blake Anderson says will give those in attendance a chance to see good, hard-hitting football.
"This will be our second big scrimmage this spring, and we're going to play live football," said Anderson. "We want to get as good a picture of real football as possible, so this will be another good evaluation day for us."
While A-State hasn't played a football game at War Memorial Stadium since the 2006 season when it faced Oklahoma State, the Red Wolves have remained active in Little Rock with annual social and media functions to engage an important part of their fan base.
"Hopefully we'll have a bunch of folks at the stadium Friday night to watch our team," said Anderson. "This presents us with a great opportunity to get in front of our Central Arkansas fan base. I think it is a great idea for us, and it also makes it possible for our fans in that area to be involved in what is going on with our program this time of year."
A-State will also use the outing as an opportunity to simulate some of the same travel scenarios the squad goes through for a road game, according to Anderson. The Red Wolves put together a winning road record last season, including a 4-0 mark in league play on their way to their four conference championship over the last five years.
The scrimmage portion of the practice will be situational football, allowing the offense to see if it can sustain drives and, conversely, the defense to create a turnover or force a punt. A-State returns 54 lettermen, including 13 starters and eight All-Sun Belt Conference selections, from last year's team that played in the program's fifth straight bowl game and posted a 9-4 record.
Additionally, The Arkansas State University Office of Recruitment and Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will have a tent set up inside the stadium on the west concourse, where prospective students can gain valuable A-State information and visit with university representatives.