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Offense and defense battle during spring

04/06/2011
Patrick Crawford, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team practiced Wednesday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, with the squad working out again Friday and Saturday this week leading up to the April 16 spring game. The annual spring game will be televised nationally for the first time by ESPN at 3 p.m.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee met the media following the afternoon drills, expressing how impressed he is with the Razorbacks thus far in spring football. Coach McGee made note of the intense matchups between UA's offense and defense when the units go to live tackling.

"We've got a really good team," Coach McGee said. "We've got a lot of really experienced players. Now a days when we go live, the offense wins or defense wins. It goes back and forth. It's going to help us once we get into the season."

Coach McGee mentioned the strong play coming from the Razorbacks' quarterbacks, especially from junior Tyler Wilson and sophomore Brandon Mitchell. Coach McGee sees the position battle for quarterback helping in strengthening the unit.

"I think it's good for both of them," Coach McGee said. "They're in competition right now. They're in a heated battle right now for the starting quarterback job at an SEC school that's proven to put up huge numbers at the quarterback position. It's important to them and they're battling."

UA is scheduled to practice on the following dates: April 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15. The practice schedule is subject to change and fans are encouraged to check ArkansasRazorabacks.com daily for updated dates and times, along with post-practice reports.


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