ASU returns to practice field Sunday

Arkansas State returned to the practice field Sunday evening, AStateNation was there to bring you the coverage. Go "Inside" to see what players and coaches had to say following the Red Wolves big road win over FIU Thursday night.

Last Thursday night's game pitted the pre-season two top teams in the Sun Belt, with FIU the number pick and Arkansas State the No. 2 seed.

Many dubbed the matchup an elimination game for the Sun Belt Conference Championship, very few doubt that the winner of the conference will have two losses or will they?

Arkansas State went on the road to Miami and came away with an impressive 34-20 win and the reigning Sun Belt Champions are still in the hunt. caught up with several of the ASU players and coaches following Thursday's big road win.

"It's always great when you get a win in this conference," veteran defensive coordinator John Thompson admitted. "To get one on the road is even better."

Arkansas State lost their first conference game since 2010 one week earlier at the hands of Western Kentucky at Liberty Bank Stadium.

"I'm really proud of how our team fought and played well," Thompson noted. "Our backs were against a wall and we came out fighting."

Gus Malzahn gave his team two days off, before they returned to the practice field Sunday evening.

"Our players needed a break," ASU Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "After a short turn around from the WKU game and two physical games, they were wore out both mentally and physically. They came back with tonight with a little pep in their step."

Senior Quarterback Ryan Aplin agreed that Sunday's practice was a high energy work out.

?"Everyone was fresh," Aplin said. "We had a great high energy workout. It was good to get a couple of days off. A lot of us got the chance to watch college football and get off our feet."

Senior linebacker Nathan Herrold agreed.

"I slept a lot and watched a lot of football," Herrold laughed. "Everyone was in high spirits at tonight's practice."

While Sun Belt newcomer South Alabama will come to town this upcoming weekend for the Red Wolves Homecoming, it appears that ASU isn't taking them lightly.

"They are a very good team," Coach Lashlee said. "We aren't a good enough team to overlook anyone. We are getting better but we still have a ways to go. They have a good defensive front and they are a hard nose football team. I'm sure we will get their best shot."

South Alabama is 1-4 coming into Saturday's contest, but have played a very tough schedule so far.

"They are a lot better than a lot of people think," Aplin said. "They are very impressive on video. We will have to play well."

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