MOBILE, Ala. (1/2/15) – The Arkansas State football team conducted a two-hour practice session Friday afternoon as the squad continues to prepare for the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl set for Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Red Wolves worked out in helmets at the practice facility at the University of South Alabama under overcast skies. A-State began the practice with several periods of special teams and then participated in drills before the offense and defense went through team exercises on opposite sides of the field.
“We’ve been hitting since August and we hit a lot before the break and to be honest with as small as our roster is we feel like we have done enough banging on one another already,” A-State head coach Blake Anderson said. “This is more about cardio, conditioning and focus and I like what I saw out there today and I just didn’t feel like we needed a lot of contact.”
The Red Wolves went through a full day of bowl related activities that began in the morning with a trip to the University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital followed by a luncheon hosted by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. After the luncheon the Red Wolves departed for their last full practice of the week.
“The energy was great today and with all of the stuff going on and after sitting down at a luncheon before coming out, I was really pleased with the effort and credit the seniors for setting the tone early on with that,” Anderson said. “They came out and responded and I was really happy with how they treated it. Even though this isn’t Thursday, we treated it like a normal Thursday practice and I thought it was one of our better Thursday practices of the year.”
The Red Wolves have faced Toledo on two previous occasions but this will be the first since 1992. The Rockets own a 2-0 advantage in all time series, but the Red Wolves have won each of the last two GoDaddy Bowls and are the only team in the history of the bowl to appeared more than two times. The game will also mark the first of three games in three seasons as Arkansas State is set to begin a home-and-home series with the Rockets in 2015 at Toledo.
Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office. GoDaddy Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office. The A-State Ticket Office can be contacted by telephone at 870-972-2781, and tickets can be purchased online at tickets.astate.edu.
Release Courtesy Arkansas State