Thursday Wrap-Up

It was a good day of preparation for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Coach John Thompson was pleased with the crispness and productivity of a spirited workout Thursday morning.

That was followed by a visit to University of South Alabama's Children's and Women's Hospital by several members of the team. And that night they showed Ball State who was the best bowling school. (Perhaps they should have known that A-State has the top ranked women's bowling team in the NCAA.).

"We got our guys out here and had a very, very crisp practice,'' coach John Thompson said. "Our last day that we'll be physical, but we did have some hitting today. We had some drills where we were full speed, (though) not all the way to the ground. We had some things on both sides that were good and some things that we got cleaned up. I'm really, really pleased with our guys.

"We had a great night last night and took care of business this morning. We'll have a little bit of meeting time this afternoon and we're ready to roll. I really am pleased. "These guys, I'm really proud of our team, the way they handle their business. Something might go wrong - you've got 150 people and it's not smooth for everybody. But there's been no complaining. We just adjust. We adjust and they've been grateful and thankful. We all are. That's just the way our team is. I'm blessed to be a part of them.''

The Red Wolves have their final practice set for today at 3 p.m.

Taking the snaps

Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy, who was injured in the season finale vs. Western Kentucky is back and took almost all of the snaps with the first unit on Thursday.

After practice he said he was still sore, but the big QB ran a variety of plays during the workout, including several which were running plays.

"What little I saw - I didn't really see a whole lot - he looked fine,'' Thompson said. "We'll go back and see how it is.

Kennedy tweeted this week he was accepted an invitation to play in a "College All-Star Bowl in February on CBS! Proud to be able to represent Arkansas State."

The gang is almost all here.

Minus former head coach Bryan Harsin, the Red Wolves' coaching staff is all here for the GoDaddy Bowl. They will leave for Boise on Monday, according to defensive line coach Steve Caldwell, who is one of four from the staff going out West.

Kent Riddle, Eliah Drinkwish and Julius Brown have all accepted positions on the Boise staff. Strength coach Jeff Pittman has also accepted a position in Idaho.