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Defense is quick in spring drills

Defense is quick in spring drills

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team continued its spring practices Wednesday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks are working towards the annual spring game on April 16, which is being televised nationally for the first time on ESPN at 2 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson met the media following the afternoon drill session, commenting on the matchups in speed and quickness that occur between UA’s defense and offense. Coach Robinson explained that a knowledgeable defense can play fast through correct positioning.

"Even though the 40 times on the offense are quite eye-opening, we start defensive players that are getting those speeds as well," Coach Robinson said. "It is very important for us, especially in our conference. I don’t think a 40 time really speaks volumes, as far as football-playing speed. You’ve got to understand how to play at a football-playing speed."

When discussing the play of the defensive secondary, Coach Robinson made mention of safeties Eric Bennett and Elton Ford. Bennett, a sophomore, made the switch to safety after appearing in 12 games at cornerback in 2010. Ford, a senior, owns 17 starts at safety in his Razorback career.

"(Elton’s) a very physical football player, a very savvy football player," Coach Robinson said. "He makes certain calls and controls our players. When he does that he has a great day. For Eric, each day is a learning experience. For as much time we spend on the board, he’ll take it out there and play it on the field. He has such a great desire to do that."

UA is scheduled to practice on Friday and Saturday and on the following dates: April 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15. The practice schedule is subject to change and fans are encouraged to check daily for updated dates and times, along with post-practice reports.

Sports Category : Football