MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama State football team had a quick turnaround from two-a-days, holding a Thursday morning practice at Hornet Stadium.
The Hornets worked in full pads during the two-hour workout, the team's third in two days for the first time this preseason.
"I admire these guys," Barlow said. "I know it's hot, I know it's tough. They've been training hard in getting ready. They've had really good energy and I appreciate that. We've put them through a number of things, but they've come out and done what we've asked them to do."
Today's 8 a.m. practice came on the heels of two Wednesday sessions at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"Guys responded with good energy, and I was happy about that," Barlow said. "We just have to continue to develop them. We have a number of guys that are stepping up and doing some really good things, but we are still looking for more from some of the players. Overall, there were a lot of positives this morning and we have to keep it going."
The benefits of increasing the reps for the frontline players is starting to manifest itself in increased production and overall conditioning.
"They are getting in better shape and becoming a lot more consistent," Barlow said. "With allowing the quarterbacks to stay in and get consecutive reps, it's allowing them to develop more continuity with the players they are in with. That is working well for us defensively also."
The Hornets return to practice Friday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will scrimmage Saturday at 8 a.m.