Razorbacks continue spring practice
The University of Arkansas football team continued spring practice as the squad worked through a tough session Wednesday in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. “Today’s practice was about being physical,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino. “We worked a lot on tackling, our run game and what we call our perimeter drill. We are getting better, but we are not where we need to be. We are not physical enough, we don’t tackle well enough and we don’t get all 11 guys to the football on every play. We are improving though. Offensively, you have to run the ball to be able to throw it down the field. I think we’ll be able to throw it down the field, but we have to get a lot better running the ball. Defensively, we have to get where we are consistent.” Arkansas returns to the field Friday and will use some of the workout for drills and the remaining portion to scrimmage. “I’m looking for improvement and guys competing,” said Petrino. “We have put some new things in this week and that has slowed us down a little bit. I really want to see us concentrate and do a better job in the practice before the scrimmage. Last time we had practice before, I got the feeling everyone was saving themselves for when it was live. I want to see our concentration on getting better before the scrimmage starts.” Last season, tight end D.J. Williams led the Razorbacks in receptions with 61 and he has turned his focus this spring to developing his blocking skills. Williams is the only returning Mackey Award semifinalist to lead his team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2008. “He’s getting better at it,” said Petrino. “He’s really concentrated on his technique and worked hard at it and has improved a lot. Ben Cleveland is going to help us and he has worked hard. He has not caught the ball as well as he should right now, but he has done a nice job blocking.” Fans are encouraged to check ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information.