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Football Practice Report - Sept. 29, 2013

09/29/2013
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FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team's assistant coaches met with the media Sunday to discuss the game week in preparation for Florida. Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge opened with comments about what it means to play in his home state.

"I'm very excited," Coach Partridge said. "Obviously, for recruiting it's great to get exposure in that state. We don't even have to say anything. My brother graduated from there. He's going to be at the game. It's a very exciting, personal game for me."

The Razorbacks have five student-athletes from Florida, and Coach Partridge also noted the emotions for those student-athletes heading home. 

"Any chance you have to go play in your home state, I think there's a personal side to getting ready for this game," Coach Partridge said. "We've just got to keep their emotions under control with Denver (Kirkland) getting his first start and certainly Alex (Collins) doing what he's doing. I think all of the Florida guys are excited to go back home and play in that state."

Linebackers coach Randy Shannon is also from Florida and spoke about returning to his home state.

"It's big; it's fun," Coach Shannon said. "It's an opportunity to play against a team that's been known for its football in the state of Florida. But also the atmosphere and the crowd is unbelievable. It's one of those games that's going to be sold out. It's a night game, so that makes it even tougher. It's an opportunity to come back and bounce back and play a big-time opponent."

Coach Shannon also talked about the benefits to recruiting from traveling to Florida. 

"It's an opportunity that people in the state of Florida see Arkansas play, especially in the Northern part of Florida, and recruit that area and the type of kids to come in and be a part of Arkansas," Coach Shannon said. 

Kickoff for Saturday's game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Single-game tickets for the South Carolina and Auburn games in Fayetteville and the Mississippi State game in Little Rock on Nov. 23 are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the Little Rock game can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.

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