ASU coach pleased with scrimmage

Updated: August 10, 2003, 10:54 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State football coach Steve Roberts expressed pleasure with the results of Sunday's workout and scrimmage.

The two-hour practice session was the first in full pads for the Indians.

"I was real pleased with our effort and execution," Roberts said. "The guys came out here and threw around a little bit. We made some mistakes that we haven't been making with a different tempo. We turned it up a notch."

Roberts said his players didn't turn the ball over and executed very well on most of the first-down situations.

"That was a very powerful thing for our football team," he said.

Roberts praised the efforts of running back Shermar Bracey, who had a couple of long runs in the scrimmage.

"On a first-down situation, Shermar took the football and exploded up in the hole," Roberts said. "He did a tremendous job of making some good cuts and getting where he needed to be. I thought the o-line opened up some big holes and gave him some room."

Trainer Ron Carroll said several players missed the scrimmage or were limited in drills.

Those missing altogether were Chris Jones (knee rehab), Kenny Miller (knee surgery), Brandon Rollins (rehab) and Donald Van Pelt (illness).

Myron Anderson sat out with a bruised shoulder, Darrian Billups (back strain), Ed Hampton (laceration on knee), Tab Slaughter (sprained ankle, knee), Gordon Williams (twisted knee), Terrance Chavis (strained hamstring), Clinton Roy (rib injury) and Curtis Bonds (ankle sprain).

Receiver Jerome Stegalll returned to limited drills after sustaining a bruised shin last week, but was held out of the scrimmage.

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