FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema went through ESPN’s “Car Wash,” the sports network’s on-site media day in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday.
Coach Bielema’s schedule included stops with College GameDay, Highly Questionable and CFB Insider with Travis Haney, as well as live segments on SportsCenter and SVP & Russillo Radio Show.
During SportsCenter, Coach Bielema spoke about protecting players during the course of a game.
“We’ve had a lot of success playing and defending against up-tempo offenses. The thing that we have to continue to look at though in the day and the age of concussions, in the day and the age that players are bigger, faster, stronger than they’ve ever been is how do we protect our players, the targeting rule. We have one mission: protect our players. I think that’s something we’ve got to carry out.”
During SVP & Russillo Radio Show, Coach Bielema was asked about the expectations of his 18 returning seniors.
“When I took the job, it wasn’t something I just thought about for five minutes and did. I was excited because I didn’t think it was a rebuilding job. I thought ‘Here’s a team that was ranked in the top 10 before the season started.’ They obviously hit a little bit of a speed bump and went 4-8. I’ve got 18 seniors. I’ve got 18 seniors who aren’t happy from last year. I’ve got 18 seniors that have been told they’re not going to be any good this year. I’ve got 18 seniors who’ve worked as hard as any group I’ve ever been around, and that gives me a faith and a belief that things are going to be better than people think.”
Also during the SVP & Russillo Radio Show, Coach Bielema had the opportunity to address bringing his style of football to Arkansas.
“I think the one thing that we can kind of sell is we do what the NFL does. We’re going to take our time in the huddle. We’re going to come to the line of scrimmage. We’re going to line up and have a fullback and a tailback in the background. We might have two receivers and get real creative and have three receivers on the field at any given time. I think that our kids have bought into it.”
The Razorbacks begin practice Aug. 5 and kick off their season Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. in Fayetteville against Louisiana on FSN.
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