Less than 24 hours until Arkansas State University's first fall football camp practice under new head coach Hugh Freeze.
It's like Christmas Eve.
The day before Christmas, everyone wild with anticipation thinking about getting to unwrap their presents. In this case getting to see who has worked hard this summer, who is in shape and who is ready for a very special plan that Freeze has for this football team.
While this is Freeze's first fall camp at Arkansas State, it isn't his first time under the same type pressure.
He is a proven winner.
Won state championships in football, girls basketball, as one current Arkansas State player states everything he touches turns to gold.
He went 8-3 his first season at NAIA Lambuth after that same team went 1-9 the year before.
Freeze went undefeated the next season leading Lambuth to a 12-0 record before falling in the NAIA playoffs.
Freeze has brought an excitement an energy to Jonesboro and to this team that hasn't been here in a long time.
He has energized his players, he has energized the fan base in Jonesboro. He has sold his plan and his vision to future Red Wolves, he has picked up eight commitments, a number that has been unequaled in 10 years.
The charismatic coach is full of energy, there is no doubt about it. He has been on a whirlwind tour of the state of Arkansas shouting from every speaking pulpit he could get in front of, getting the attention of the Red Wolf faithful.
While now he has everyone's attention, Thursday's practice is the first day of proving that things are definitely different at Arkansas State.
More media than ever is covering his team.
More eyes on the program, and he couldn't be happier. He likes the challenge, and it appears that he is up for it.
His players seem to have bought into what he is selling. He is working on every detail, working on each player's personal mind set. It's his job to change the culture, it's his job to prove to the world and to these players that his plans will work.
Every team enters fall camp undefeated. Every team faces some of the same issues, such as the heat, depth issues, if they can get through camp without serious injuries.
Freeze has been saying all spring and all summer that you have to win the day to have a chance to win tomorrow.
Meaning that what a player does on the practice field Thursday will define him on the practice field on Friday. They have to win each day to be able to win on Saturdays. They have to do the little things right, they have to give their all to their team and their teammates.
Hard work, sweat and tears will go into this football team over the next 20 days and then each day after that all through the season.
Coaches put in long hours, players will be pushed to their limits.
Now it's time to see what this ASU Football team is all about.
It's time, it's time for football at Arkansas State, it's time for Hugh Freeze to begin his era as the head coach in Jonesboro.
No wonder the excitement is at an all time high, there is good reason.
It's Football Time at Arkansas State University, rise up AStateNation get ready for some football.
Do you believe? If not Freeze plans on making believers out of you as well.
Football practice begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Fall camp coverage is being brought to you by the Coffee Gallery and Club Tan with two locations in Jonesboro. They are located at 3229 S. Caraway Road and 309 S.W. Drive.