Indians Welcome Full Contingent for Practice

by Jim Harris  on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007 1:08 pm  

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Arkansas State welcomed 105 players Thursday for the start of the Indians' fall camp, and the team will have 18 practices over the next 17 days. The first practice is Saturday beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The team was issued equipment, receiving housing assignments and went through physicals and impact testing on Thursday. They also had a team meeting at the ASU Convocation Center and a team dinner afterward. Friday's scheduled included several orientation meetings for the players.

ASU head coach Steve Roberts said he was glad to bring in the full allotment of players, 105, allowed by the NCAA to start preseason drills before college classes begin. "I am excited about their ability, their character and the experience we have returning. It's great to get back to work as a full football program as we continue our preparation for the season."

ASU can add up to 15 more players once the fall semester begins.

Included among the 105 players reporting Thursday was one additional scholarship player in deep snapper Adam Gaston. The 5-9, 215-pound Gaston was a three-year varsity letterman at Hattiesburg, Miss. Oak Grove High School, where he earned first team all-district honors as a senior. Oak Grove was 34-7 during his three years, and Gaston was ranked among the top 10 high school long snappers in the nation according to several websites, including's No. 1 spot for its Ray Guy/ National Camp rankings.

Roberts said redshirt freshman lineman Levi Thompson has suffered an ankle injury and will miss the Indians' fall camp.

The Indians' annual Football Media Day will be held Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Indian Stadium Football Complex.



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