MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Now that the coaching staff has had a couple of days to go over the film from Saturday’s scrimmage, there was plenty of both good and bad that stuck out to the coaching staff.
ASU has several players returning from last season that not only played, but 11 of them were starters. So Saturday’s scrimmage was a chance to see the younger players perform, and several stuck out during the scrimmage.
“After watching the film obviously you’re going through it and you say I didn’t like this or I didn’t like that, but when I had a chance to go back and watch it I saw some of the young guys do some good things” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said. Trey Jenkins, I keep mentioning his name, I thought he moved around really well. Derious Washington, the transfer from Western Kentucky, is steadily going up the depth chart and did some good things.”
The running back position is where the Hornets may be the deepest. ASU will enter the 2013 season with some proven runners in Isaiah Crowell, Andre Kincey, Jahaad Coleman and Malcolm Cyrus. ASU also returns their top fullback in Chris Gilzeane.
“I thought our running backs ran hard” Barlow said. “Kincey was explosive, Isaiah had a couple of explosive plays and Jahaad Coleman ran hard. I thought our offensive line did a pretty decent job blocking and that was for all three groups. I was really proud of that.”
Even after the positives, there were the negatives that the team will spend a lot of time working on this week during practice.
“What I didn’t like was our stunts we are doing on the inside,” Barlow said. “We were not getting the type of movement and push I would like to have out of our defensive tackles. They need to get in better shape to give us an opportunity to play much faster. Right now I think it is a conditioning thing with them. Thankfully we have a little time to keep developing.”
Following the scrimmage the coaching staff did sit down and come up with a two deep, a two deep that will no doubt see several changes before the Aug. 31 showdown against Jacksonville State.
“Actually after this first scrimmage we rearranged the two deep where some guys had moved up,” Barlow said. “We have had some changes on it and I imagine over the next week or so we will have some more changes.”
The Hornets will only practice once on Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m. at the old Hornet Stadium practice field.