FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team practiced Friday morning in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in its continued preparation for the start of the 2010 football season. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson has worked with his group on being in position to make plays. For the Arkansas defense, there may be no better opponent than its own offensive unit.
"We’re working on running to the ball at full speed," Coach Robinson said. "And once we get there, we tackle. We try to be a little physical."
Coach Robinson spoke of wisely selecting times to step up the level of contact during practice drills in order to ensure health, but also better prepare the team the rigors of a full season. The smacking of football pads has increased in recent practices.
"We’ve got to be able to pick and choose when we do something like that," Coach Robinson said. "When we watched it on film, it was pretty tenacious."
The level of competition in the linebacker corps continues to impress the UA staff, Coach Robinson noted.
"We’re starting to move some kids around," Coach Robinson said. "We’re getting comfortable. They look comfortable when they are in there. We’ll see how it all plays out."
The Arkansas football team continues fall practices tomorrow with the squad scrimmaging during practice, beginning at 9 a.m. Arkansas fans are invited to attend practices through August 21 (excluding August 19). For more information regarding UA football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.