Another spring football season has arrived at Arkansas State, another Head Football Coach takes over his team for the first time for the Red Wolves, for the straight third year.
The Bryan Harsin era at ASU began with a spirited two and a half hour practice under clear skies and a cold wind.
According to Harsin, he was glad to get practice underway in his first season as a college head football coach. The excited Harsin was fast with his response when asked how his team's first practice went.
"It was good," Harsin told a large group of media members. "Good to watch guys for the staff, everybody to get out there and just start working, that was the exciting part of it."
Harsin realizes that his team is going through a new season with a new coach and was pleased with the overall process of practice number one.
"I thought the operation today was pretty good," Harsin said. "Some new drills and some new techniques, just different. I thought the guys did a pretty job of transitioning from drill to drill and really trying to learn it and adapt to what we are doing."
Harsin realizes it was only day one of a 15 day spring practice season, but thought his players responded and competed at better level as the first session progressed.
"As team periods started to pick up in the second half of practice, they started to compete," Harsin said. "We saw that out there, it was a fun day to watch and fly around out there. Still a long ways to go. Happy with the progress we made today."
Harsin and his staff will push his players in the next two practices before classes let out Friday for Spring Break to get as much of the installation of his offense in. Both Wednesday and Friday's practice will be closed to the media, with no interviews allowed, giving his team time to concentrate on the installation.
"We hope to get about a quarter of our offense installed," Harsin said. "We will be pushing that from that standpoint. Trying to push it to get as much in before spring break. Allow our guys to come back and review what they have learned."
According to Harsin, he and his coaching staff will evaluate the progress of learning the offense and will plan accordingly when classes and practices resume two weeks from today.
"What we are doing offensively will be based off how our team and offense is responding to what we are doing," Harsin said. "We have a large amount of offense, we are picking pieces and parts of that really fit with the personnel we have is what we are doing. What that will tell us is where we are going next, they will help us create what we will do offensively."
Harsin says there is a difference between tempo and efficiency.
"Trying to be efficient from drill to drill to create that tempo in practice," Harsin said. "Tempo is a word that so many people use, we are trying to be efficient, is what we are trying to do, we have to."
According to Harsin, he hopes to use the up tempo practices as part of his team's conditioning.
Arkansas State will practice again on Wednesday and a 6 a.m. practice Friday morning before taking a week off for ASU's Spring Break.