Fourth Session of Spring Practice

The Arkansas State football team suited up in full pads Friday for the first time since opening spring camp Monday, concluding the camp's initial week at Centennial Bank Stadium with its fourth practice.

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The Red Wolves held back-to-back practices Monday and Tuesday in shorts and helmets, while also working out in helmets and shoulder pads Thursday. A-State will hold 15 practices as part of its spring camp, including its Spring Game on April 18, but won't return to the field until Monday, March 31, following the conclusion of Arkansas State University's spring-break week.

"Today was pretty solid," said Blake Anderson, who was named the Red Wolves' 30th all-time head football coach on Dec. 19, 2013. "We threw a lot at them this week and didn't have many mental busts, so that was good for the most part. The energy has been fairly consistent, although they started a little slow today. ?We worked them pretty hard yesterday and it took them a little time to get over it, but they finished up well. I thought the last six periods were the best of today's practice, so that was a good way to finish."

Anderson has noted that the coaching staff wanted to set the foundation this week for the rest of spring camp, and he said the team reached that goal by setting a high-practice standard where players bring a high energy level and the right attitude.

"We wanted to make sure that for four days (the players) bounced around from beginning to end and hustled at all times, even if they weren't doing what we wanted them to in terms of the execution," said Anderson. "We wanted to see how much they absorbed in meetings and time they spent preparing on their own, and it was nice to see there weren't a lot of mental mistakes. We also wanted some guys to step up as leaders, and we saw some of them do that. We've still got a lot of work to do, but I was pleased with the first week."

The team came through the camp's first week healthy for the most part, and everyone should be ready to continue spring camp when the Red Wolves return from spring break according to Anderson.