ASU football report

The Alabama State University football team continued its preparation for Saturday's game at Texas Southern with a Wednesday night practice at Hornet Stadium.

"It was a good practice," head coach Reggie Barlow said. "Guys were moving around a little bit faster like we expected after installing the game plan. We're happy about that, but there are still a few things we have to get corrected. It's going to be a physical game and we're getting prepared for it."

Among the challenges for Alabama State this week is the Texas Southern defense, which ranks first in the FCS in total defense, allowing 210.0 yards per game.

"They've got really good players," Barlow said in discussing what makes the TSU defense so effective. "Their defensive end Marquis Jackson is outstanding. He's a 6-foot-5 long, athletic, defensive end who plays really well, along with their linebackers and other defensive personnel.  They run a scheme a lot of teams don't run in the conference. They play a bear front (50) and they are aggressive with it, playing a lot of man coverage and we've got to be able to take advantage of that."

The Hornets will practice Thursday at 11 a.m.