It's hard being the head coach of a team where you also serve as the team's offensive coordinator.
If you don't believe it ask first year head coach Hugh Freeze at Arkansas State. Freeze who was the Red Wolves Offensive Coordinator last fall before being named the new head coach in December.
Freeze, who is still calling the offense, finds himself divided at times especially when the defense steps up outshines the defense.
"The offense won most of the competitions last night," Freeze said. "The defense responded today and won the day."
While Freeze is excited about the play of his team's defense, he also is concerned when the offense doesn't perform up to his high expectations.
"We were flat coming out," Freeze said. "They put in their Okie package in today, that gave us some issues. Especially when they were coming off the edge like they did today."
While Freeze might not be as excited as he was after Sunday night's performance, he admitted that it's just part of the fall camp grind.
Freeze challenged his team early and they responded.
"The offensive line really picked up during indy drills," Freeze said. "I thought we didn't have a bad day."
Monday's practice marked the first day of full pads and Freeze saw a difference in his team during the contact competition periods.
"It lifted their spirits some," Freeze said. "You could tell a difference. We have to do a great job of keeping our contact controlled. We can't afford to have very many injuries. That is the part I hate the most, when I see one of our guys on the ground."
Quarterback Friendly Fire
Both Ryan Aplin and Phillip Butterfield continues to duel it out at the quarterback position, both signal callers having pretty good fall camps. Aplin is throwing the ball hotter and its coming out of his hand faster this fall. Butterfield is also having a good camp and appears to have worked hard in the offseason. Both appear to be stronger and while Aplin is definitely the starter, you get the feel that the offense would be good in either one of their capable hands.
Josh Jarboe is still out in street clothes and an arm sling. Freeze stated he would be day by day and that he wasn't going to push him coming back too soon.
Defensive end Justin Robertson, who left the stadium in an ambulance Sunday evening, remains the hospital today undergoing testing. According to Freeze they are uncertain what is wrong, but they don't feel it's football related.
One defensive end that has had a good camp so far is second teamer Tim Starson. He is on the second team and he appears to have had a great off season in the weight room. A guy that is also a MAA fighter, he is definitely the guy I would hire if I was going to get into a fight to be on my side or to be my body guard.
Taylor Stockemer and J.D. McKissick continues to impress with impressive catches in traffic.
Born to Run
Frankie Jackson looks smooth carrying the football. Sunday night Sir Gregory Thornton had a great night. Jackson had a great day Monday. The two young guns are definitely pushing the seniors Lawson and Robertson.
Tuesday Marks first Two a Day Session
Team will practice at 7:30 a.m. with a kicking and special teams practice and then return to the practice field at 4:00 p.m. Both practice are open to the public if your able to get up that early.
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