The Alabama State University football team began its final week of spring practice today working on finalizing both their offense and defense in preparation for Saturday's annual Black and Gold Spring Game.
Today was session 12 of the allotted 15 practice sessions and head coach Reggie Barlow was already looking forward to Saturday's game.
"This is a game for the fans and for the players to have some fun," Barlow said. "It will be a festive atmosphere and there will be a lot of people here so it will give the players a little bit of a different atmosphere. We want the players to have some success in front of the crowd, but we also want to keep them healthy."
Even though the coaching staff wants the players to have some fun, there are still several players that are going to be evaluated during the scrimmage.
"We have a lot of starters back from last year and we know what they can do," Barlow said. "Those guys may play a series or two, but we still have a lot of younger players we need to see play. We have several young players on the offensive and defensive line and they are going to see a lot of playing time during the scrimmage. These are guys we are counting on to help us this fall."
The players on the ASU team are not the only young people the Hornets' coaching staff is looking to help out; they also do several things in the community geared toward helping the young people in Montgomery.
The entire coaching staff will travel to the Mt. Meigs Youth Facility tomorrow (Wednesday) to spend some time with the youth that are spending time at that facility. Craig Payne is ASU's Director of Football Operations and has overseen this trip since the coaching staff has been at ASU.
"This is a visit the entire coaching staff takes together," Payne said. "We go over there each spring and we talk to the young kids about second chances in life and their education. The kids really enjoy us coming out to visit and we have been doing this every year we have been here and we enjoy it so much we wouldn't miss it."