FAYETTEVILLE – The 10th-ranked University of Arkansas football team began its fall camp on Thursday with a pair of practices. The newcomers practiced in the afternoon with the veterans practicing in the evening. Head Coach John L. Smith explained that the practices were as good as he has seen on the first day. “This is as good a practice as I can remember in 40 some odd years that I’ve been coaching — the first day out,” Smith said. Smith also touched on the leadership on the practice field, emphasizing that the seniors have really stepped up to the plate and taken control. “I think our seniors, for the most part, have done a real good job all summer long," Smith said. "Now it’s up to those guys to just continue with the ownership. They started to take ownership, which is really what you like to see.” Arkansas will return to practice Friday with workouts for the newcomers starting at 3 p.m. and then the veterans beginning at 6:30 p.m. All Razorback football practices held outside from August 2-18 will be open to the public. Practices will be closed after August 18. The team is scheduled to practice on the UA intramural fields from Aug. 2-16. Arkansas opens the 2012 football season inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. The game will be shown on pay-per-view with details to be announced. For updates on the Razorback football postseason awards campaign follow @ARKTD2012 on Twitter.