Mother nature delays early practice

Mother Nature put an early end to Arkansas State University first of two practices here Thursday morning. The Red Wolves were scheduled to take the field at 7:15 a.m, heavy rains kept the football team off the stadium surface until about 9:30 a.m. Hugh Freeze and his troops got in about a hour of practice before another band of thunderstorms arrived in Jonesboro.

Mother Nature put an early end to Arkansas State University first of two practices here Thursday morning.

The Red Wolves were scheduled to take the field at 7:15 a.m, heavy rains kept the football team off the stadium surface until about 9:30 a.m. Hugh Freeze and his troops got in about a hour of practice before another band of thunderstorms arrived in Jonesboro.

"We have called practice," Freeze said after Thunder and lightening approached the stadium. "We will hopefully get in our final two a days practice this afternoon. We won't put our kids in danger."

Freeze has high expectations for his team.

"I expected more, it wasn't terrible," Freeze said. "I'm sure that I'm a little over the top with my expectations at times. I expected more. I would be greatly disappointed if they don't come back this afternoon with a lot of intensity and competitive practice."

Freeze saw some positives in the short practice

"I thought that our quarterbacks threw the ball well during the slot drill," Freeze said. "During the team run and team pass our defense did a good job shutting us down. It wasn't bad, just expected more."

Freeze admitted one thing this team needs to improve in is its mental toughness.

"We aren't there yet but hopefully we are getting better," Freeze said. "That's part of the transformation we have to have. Whether it's playing on the road or dealing with an altered schedule, we have to learn to handle those things better."

Freeze plans on having a physical practice this afternoon if the weather allows it.