bamastate.GIFMONTGOMERY, Ala. – The temperature wasn’t the only thing that heated up for Alabama State’s third practice as the Hornets donned shoulder pads for the first time and engaged in some limited contact.

ASU worked for two hours over 21 periods that included conditioning drills, position work, special team situations, 7-on-7 and even some energized offense versus defense work.

“There was definitely a new level of excitement today,” said head coach Reggie Barlow. “I think the guys were glad to finally be able to compete and have a little contact. I thought we had good energy during practice.”

As the team moves forward with installation of both its offensive and defensive game plans, Barlow continues to see different players make positive impressions.

“Today, I really noticed DE Leland Baker doing positive things,” added Barlow. “He has really demonstrated some power and quickness. SS Marcus Solomon also did some nice things.”

The Hornets again will practice in shoulder pads Thursday at 3 p.m. before dressing out in full pads for their first full-contact practice of the year Saturday.

Alabama State opens the season at home on Sept. 5 against Concordia College. Kickoff for the season opener is slated for 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.


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