Football visits local groups

University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino took time that had been allocated for practice Thursday afternoon to have the team visit three local groups. The team, which was scheduled to practice from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., divided into three groups visited the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville, The Jones Center and The Yvonne Richardson Center. "It is always good to get out in the community," said UA defensive end Adrian Davis. "It is good to do something to give back to the people that support us all year round. It was a surprise when coach told us and it is good to be able to come out here and give back to our fans. It was also a good opportunity for us to build relationships with some of the new players that just got here." Quarterback Ryan Mallett was included in the group that went to the Boys and Girls Club. While there, those members of the team played dodge ball and basketball with kids before signing autographs. "I think it is a lot of fun getting to come out here and be with the kids," said Mallett. "It is good to come out and interact with kids. Growing up, I personally looked up to athletes so it was good to let these guys do the same thing. It also builds team unity because we are out here having fun. It gives us a chance to rest up for tomorrow’s practice and Saturday’s scrimmage. Being out here with the kids has made my day."