Indians ready, Roberts says

Updated: August 23, 2003, 3:02 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Arkansas State Indians practiced every detail Saturday, from injuries to game wins, and coach Steve Roberts pronounced them ready for the 2003 season.

"We're always thinking we could be a little bit further ahead, but this football team has really prepared themselves well over the course of the fall camp," Roberts said. "What the guys need the most now is, for the next 57 hours that they have completely off, is to get off their feet and get their legs back."

The Indians play at Texas A&M on Aug. 30.

At practice, Roberts said, "We had a script where I told a player not to go out on punt team just so I could yell at him, so that they could see what will happen. Hopefully, they will get the point from that."

Players also faked injuries to give the training staff practice, and they rehearsed a celebration penalty so they could see that excessive celebration could cost the team the game.

Roberts said his team is where he was hoping it would be at this time.

"I liked the attention on the sideline," he said.

Saturday was also Fan Appreciation Day.

"That's mainly what we tried to focus in on is all the little things that go on during a ball game, like getting on and off the field, making the right substitutions, getting the right personnel out there."

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