MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State football team opened the final week of spring drills with a Tuesday practice at Hornet Stadium.

Alabama State worked for about 90 minutes on a warm day in the first of three consecutive days of practice culminating with Saturday’s Black and Gold Game at 1 p.m. at Hornet Stadium. The day begins with Hornet Fest at 10 a.m., a free event for the community that includes free food, kids’ games, and activities.

“Practice was ok; I would have liked to see a more energy, considering we had a few days off,” head coach Reggie Barlow said. “We were able to get some work done. The defense played well, coming up with a few turnovers, which is always a good thing.”

Tuesday was ASU’s first practice since Saturday morning’s 70-play scrimmage. After reviewing the tape, Barlow was still pleased with what he saw from the defense and wanted to see more from his offensive unit.

“I was pleased with the defense’s energy and how fast they were playing and having a good time,” Barlow said. “I was disappointed and I didn’t see the effort from an offensive standpoint. We faced some adversity, not having success, and we still didn’t step up. However, it got better at the end offensively. We saw some good things from a few guys, in particular Willie Roller, who played well, and Matt Leonard, who is making the transition from safety to linebacker. All in all, we saw some positive things.”

The Hornets will practice Wednesday at 3 p.m., and Thursday at 11 a.m. prior to Saturday’s Black and Gold Game.


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