The Alabama State University football team practiced for nearly 90 minutes early Saturday morning at Hornet Stadium.
The 6 a.m. workout preceded the Central Alabama Youth Football League jamboree beginning at 8 a.m. today and lasting throughout the day at Hornet Stadium.
"It was early, but we needed to get our work in," head coach Reggie Barlow said. "We were able to get a lot of mental work done, as well as allow the players to get their legs back."
Alabama State practiced in helmets and shorts, focusing on game situations and specifically personnel groupings coming off the sideline to the playing field in game-real situations.
"That's an important part of it, because in the game you can get caught up just watching and not realizing you're supposed to be on the field at specific times," Barlow said. "We work on our call outs every Friday before the game. It's important that our communication is good on the sideline as players as well as coaches. It can be chaotic down there and we want to make sure we are on the game page with it."
The Hornets will not practice Sunday and will return to practice Monday at 3 p.m.