ASU Spring practice heads for home stretch

The Alabama State football team is nearing the home stretch of its 2011 spring football drills, and, while Wednesday's practice was intense, Head Coach Reggie Barlow was not as pleased with the performance.

"It was intense, but it was not good," Barlow said. "We were just lethargic, not really focused on offense or defense. I guess you have those days, and we have to find a way to fight through it. I was disappointed with the lack of enthusiasm today."

The Hornets practiced for more than 90 minutes in Hornet Stadium which Barlow said felt more like the dog days of an August fall practice than an April spring practice as the annual Black and Gold game nears this Saturday at 2 p.m.

"It seemed like they've hit the wall, as if they can see they have only two more days," Barlow said. "I don't know if they were looking past the next practice to get to Saturday, but it was not good."

Earlier in the day, members of the Alabama State football coaching staff met with students at the Mt. Meigs Youth Facility to encourage young adults looking to make positive decisions as they looks their lives on track.

Coaches separated into small groups, visiting with students to give them reinforcement to place past mistakes behind them and to focus on the tasks of school and life ahead.

"I think all of us have family members that have strayed," Barlow said. "I know I do; some that have issues and have been given a second chance, and they've done what was needed to make things better. In that regard, we try to reach out to the youth and encourage them to get back on track. I talk all the time about what you give, you get back. We take time to talk to people, and encourage them to get back on track, and we'll get our blessings from it."

The Hornets will have their final practice of the spring Thursday at 11 a.m. before Saturday's Black and Gold Game at 2 p.m. at Hornet Stadium.