In an effort turnaround the season as conference play begins, Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson sent the Red Wolves through a physical week of practice in preparation for Wednesday night’s ESPN2 game with Georgia Southern.
Anderson said it helped that it’s been 10 days since the stunning 28-23 loss to Central Arkansas that left the Red Wolves 0-4 for the first time since 2001.
“We had three physical days,’’ the coach said. “We hit it pretty good. We have a couple of guys with bumps and bruises but we are hoping everybody will be ready. We still have a few days left. All indications are if we don't have any setbacks they should be back in a day or two.
“It’s been our best week of work all season. Been phenomenal; energy level great; attitude has been great. It’s been physical practices we've hit, we've run. Energy level has been high. Couldn't ask for it to be better with what we have been through. And they have responded to it.
“We’ve done some good on good which helped with the speed of the game.”
Anderson said the 0-4 start has everyone associated with the program frustrated.
“They are hungry,’’ he said of the team. “They want to find a way to move forward. They want to find a way to get a win. They have handled this week the right way. Worked their tails off the last few days.”
Anderson said it was a plus having the extra days since the Red Wolves were Facing a triple option team like Georgia Southern
“Especially defensively,’’ he said. “And every extra reps we get Justice (Hansen) with the offense, even if going against ourselves, helps. Every time he makes a read and a good decision it's helpful and three extra days to get ready for anybody is going to help us.”
The Red Wolves will have 10 days off after the game Wednesday before facing South Alabama at home on Oct. 15.