ASU football makes final preparations for second scrimmage

MONTGOMERY, AL—Alabama State University's football team hit the field to get in another session before Saturday's second scrimmage of the spring practice season.

The coaching staff is looking at pushing the play selection up to 75 plays in Saturday's scrimmage after running 58 plays in the first scrimmage.

"We are going to work in a few more plays in the second scrimmage," head coach Reggie Barlow said.  "I think we are looking at running in the 75-play range.  We are also going to get into one or two situational sets, short yardage plays and red zone situations."

Offense has been where most of the attention has been this spring, as the Hornets are trying to work in a new offensive scheme and most of the problems in the first scrimmage were on that side of the ball.

"We are going to work on the offensive articulation of plays by the quarterback," Barlow said.  "We want to make sure we get the signals in and are crisp in getting those signals to the offensive players.  Since we are running a no-huddle offense, it is important that we get that information correct."

Today was the 10th session of the spring and with only five sessions left, including the two scrimmages; there are still several players the coaches are evaluating on where they will be this fall.

"We are still in the evaluation mode with several of the younger players," Barlow added.  "We have a lot of guys we brought in expecting to be playmakers and we need to see them begin to make plays of 20-plus yards or more.  We are also looking to add some defensive depth, especially at linebacker.  We have a lot of those players who need to show a lot of improvement."

Saturday's scrimmage will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at Hornets Stadium.