It's no secret things are different with the football program at Arkansas State.
First example of this: Motivating high energy music piped in from the beginning to the end of practice.
Have you ever seen the head coach at Arkansas State jumping around in tune to the music the last few years, probably not.
Hugh Freeze admits that he is going to do things a little different and that players and coaches a like are having to adjust a little.
"It's my job to make sure we feel good about ourselves mentally and physically," Freeze said. "I will do whatever I feel I have to do to accomplish that. It added a little extra pep in our step and some energy to our practice."
Freeze was asked how he felt about today's practice compared to yesterday first practice as the head coach at Arkansas State for fall camp.
"I loved it today," Freeze said. "Much improved from yesterday. Didn't like the way we started our PAT period, but part of that was our coaches fault, we will get that fixed. Some people are use to doing things the same way for several years and we aren't going to do anything the same way any day."
While the players were in shorts and helmets, this team show some physical upbeat play during the 2 hour practice.
"We don't want to get anyone hurt," Freeze said. "But I loved to see the competitive spirit we showed today."
Freeze's team will take the field with shoulder pads and helmets for the first time Saturday morning, he hopes that his team will adjust to the quick turn around.
"We will test them a little tomorrow with the quick turn around," Freeze said. "It will be interesting to see how they react to it."
Aplin showing stronger arm
"I thought he is getting the ball out a little hotter than he did last year," Freeze said. "I think his arm is a little stronger and he is definitely grasping the offense better everyday."
Defenders receive praise
"Nigel Byrd had an outstanding practice," Freeze said. "Really liked the way he got off the ball and somethings he did out there today."
Freeze admits he loves to see the offense set a face pace of getting the ball off between plays. "We shoot for 10-15 seconds, a lot of that depends on the referees. They may not have the ball ready in that time but we will be ready to go."
Freeze set the tone early during the PAT drills addressing and challenging his team to step it up, they responded with one of their better practices.
Timing appears to be a little bit of an issue with the Red Wolves quarterbacks and transfer receiver Josh Jarboe. While several balls thrown to Jarboe were overthrown, Freeze pointed out his quarterbacks can't afford to overthrow those guys. Expect this chemistry between receivers and signal callers to improve in the next few days.
Offensive line showing athleticism
While this offensive line may be unproven and untested, it definitely has shown out of pads that they are probably more athletic and have better size than they have had in the past couple of years. Now it's Darren Hiller and Jim Wiseman's job to get them to jell as an unit and come together. Several have said the high competitiveness will make this group better than expected.
Defense appears to be firing on all cylinders
Can we say very aggressive! This defensive unit is playing with a lot of fire and intensity. They appear to the challenge. The play of the defensive line has been impressive so far and the secondary appears to be more aggressive and making more big plays in the defensive back end.
Muse slowed a bit
Allen Muse appears to be a little slowed today, hampered with a leg, lower back issue.
Stockemer picks up slack
Taylor Stockemer made a couple of really great catches today, one unbelievable one.
Jackson a home run threat
Frankie Jackson showed today that he can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. He has an explosiveness that his impressive.
True freshmen show up
Terrious Tripplet looked good for his first day in practice and received notice from his head coach.
J.D. McKissic showed why he was so highly recruited by ASU.
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