Roberts impressed by evening drill

Updated: August 12, 2003, 10:15 AM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Arkansas State Indians came to life in the evening practice Monday, the team's first day of two-a-day workouts.

"We bounced back and had one of our better practices today," said coach Steve Roberts. "Tempo was great. I thought we threw and caught the ball very well."

Roberts said quarterback Nick Noce, a junior college transfer, played well and Elliott Jacobs did well passing. On the receiving end of some of the pass plays was Brandon Jones, a walkon from Westwood in Memphis, Tenn. Jones grabbed several passes over the middle and down the sidelines and showed the ability to make the defense miss, the coach said.

Players continue to shuffle though the injury list. Receiver Jerome Stegall returned to practice Monday after missing the last several days with a bruised shin. Center Tab Slaughter (ankle sprain) could return Tuesday.

Fullback Jermaine Montgomery (tooth) missed Monday but should be available to play Tuesday. Defensive lineman Shawn Shoemake (knee), defensive lineman Myron Anderson (shoulder), offensive lineman Darrian Billups (back) and defensive end Terrance Chavis (hamstring) all missed Monday or part of the days practice, but most could return as early as Tuesday.

In accordance with new NCAA rules, only one practice will be held on Tuesday, alternating days of two-a-days and single practices.

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