Bryan Harsin: It's not just tempo, it's efficiency

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 12, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on March 12, 2013

Arkansas State took the field for the first time under Bryan Harsin on Monday with the start of spring practice.

For teams that like to utilize tempo in games, that has to come from practice, and Arkansas State wants to use tempo.

In 2011 under Hugh Freeze, the Red Wolves finished No. 9 in the nation with 1,016 offensive plays. In 2012 under Gus Malzahn, they were No. 36 with 951. But it's not just about running more plays, it's about running more successful plays.

"We were trying to be efficient from drill to drill - trying to create that tempo in practice," Harsin told the school's official site. "I think tempo is a word that so many people use. We're trying to be efficient; that is something we have to do. So, we're trying to be as efficient as we can. We're trying to move around and use our practice as our conditioning as well."

In 2011, ASU was No. 49 in yards per play at 5.73 yards. In 2012, that was up to No. 20 at 6.38 yards.

Harsin says he wants to have about a quarter of his offense installed by the end of this week, as spring break is next week.

"We want to get in as much as we can before spring break and allow our guys an opportunity to come back and review that," Harsin said. "What will happen with what we're doing offensively will be based off how our team and offense responds to what we're doing.

"We've got a large amount of offense, but right now we're picking pieces and parts of that which really fit with the personnel we have. What that will tell us is where we are going next. Our players will help us create what we're going to do offensively."

Arkansas State's spring game is scheduled for April 13.

Below is Harsin speaking in Little Rock two weeks ago. (Audio is a bit quiet)



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