FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team practiced Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, with the offense taking the field against the defense in a scrimmage with a variety of situations. Arkansas' morning workout ends the practice week, with drills resuming Tuesday leading up to the April 16 spring game.
Head coach Bobby Petrino, entering his fourth season leading the Razorbacks, saw a multitude of positives in the past week of spring football, especially with UA's defensive unit.
"We made some great strides this week in practice," Coach Petrino said. "Defensively, we keep getting better. We're playing our gap control. I really think we have a chance to be a very, very good defensive front that will really rush the passer."
Coach Petrino made note of the invaluable knowledge the Razorbacks will be able to gain from analyzing their play during film study sessions with the UA coaching staff.
"It'll be great video to learn from and study and get better off of," Coach Petrino said. "Everybody got a lot of reps. We got our overtime in, so we can learn from that."
A highlight of the scrimmage was an acrobatic, one-handed interception made by safety Tramain Thomas. Coach Petrino commented on Thomas' play and his performance this spring.
"He's got two of them now this spring," Coach Petrino said. "One with the left hand; one with the right hand. He's a guy that has one of our best verticals on the team. I think Tramain's four years of experience are really showing up because he knows what's going on out there. He breaks hard at the ball. His instincts are very good."
General admission to the spring game is free. The Red-White Spring Game is part of the Woo Pig Spring Weekend. For $35, fans can purchase the Woo Pig Spring Weekend package that includes a reserved ticket to all three baseball games ($30 value), general admission seating for all three softball games ($12 value) and exclusive access to the South Outdoor Club seating area for the spring football game.
The annual spring game will be televised nationally for the first time by ESPN at 3 p.m. The game will re-air April 17 on ESPNU at 5 p.m.
UA is scheduled to wrap up spring practice next week by practicing Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday leading into the Red-White Spring Game on Saturday. 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.