The first three of 15 practices are complete in Alabama State’s spring football practice and head coach Reggie Barlow has been pleased with his team’s effort and dedication in the first week.
“I was real happy with the first week,” Barlow said. “Just from the energy and enthusiasm the guys had. We let them know what we were going to be doing and they took it and went out and competed. I saw some really good leadership from some guys like Ka’Ra Stewart and Damian Love. I thought ‘Ghost’ (defensive tackle Rodrick Henderson) had an outstanding first week of practice, just from his energy and the way he competed. Hopefully, we can put together another good week.”
Barlow always wants to see improvement from his younger players during practice and singled out true freshman walk-on Ja’Quez Bowser, a 5-foot-9 cornerback from Mandarin High in Jacksonville, Fla.
“I’ve been watching for (linebacker) James Graves to make a move and do some things and I saw him make a couple of plays last week,” Barlow said. “Ja’Quez Bowser has made some plays and got some interceptions, so there are a couple of guys stepping up and doing some things. Hopefully, they can keep it going.”
The Hornets return to the practice field on Tuesday morning for their fourth practice in preparation for the annual Black and Gold Game on April 12 at 1 p.m. in ASU Stadium.