FAYETTEVILLE – On the day the SEC launched its much anticipated network, the University of Arkansas football team completed No. 13 of 24 preseason practices Thursday, passing the halfway mark of fall camp.
Jen Bielema started the day off with a bang, completing the ALS ice bucket challenge, while Razorbacks showed up strong at afternoon practice, despite the intense heat.
Venue: Outdoor practice fields
Format: Full Pads
Highlights: Running back Chris Jones made a great block on inside run drills… Showcasing his athleticism, wide receiver Demetrius Wilson made a diving grab… Freshman safety Josh Liddell made strong defensive plays on the ball in the secondary… Cornerback Tevin Mitchel also showed defensive expertise as he caught a tricky interception.
Quote of the Day: “We’ve had a long summer, we’re getting into the fall now and we’re ready to play. Obviously there’s still some things that were going to fine tune and get corrected. I think we’re all itching for August 30th.”– QB Brandon Allen (@BrandonAllen_10) on the anticipation of the season-opener
RB Alex Collins (@Budda03) on the lessons he learned watching last season’s film: “I ultimately want to get everything that I missed out on and that’s part of me going back, watching film, to make up for the mistakes I made. Not just reading that one key and hitting it, I want to try to take a look at everything and get a full scan of the field and take the best opportunity possible. That’s what I’m working on.”
Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney (@CoachJimChaney) on today’s practice: “Great day of work today. Went out full pads, worked on a little bit everything. I don’t recall a ball on the ground today. I think Damon Mitchell made a good catch and Demetrius Wilson did too on some tight zone play. I was pleased with how everyone played today. It wasn’t perfect, but at the end of the day, I thought everyone had a good mindset to go out there and get a lot of work done today.”
Assistant Coach Michael Smith (@CoachMichaelSmi) on the battle for the Z receiver position: “Both guys are playing really well, Keon Hatcher had a good night last night, not that Drew Morgan had a bad night, but it’s been going back and forth. It’s a great thing for our position and a great thing for our team to have that type of competition. They’re both so supportive of each other, you don’t get to hear them after they run off the field.”
News and Notes:
- Arkansas Football will host an open scrimmage for fans on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m., in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
- The Arkansas Football Fan Day presented by Pepsi will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 from 2-4 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. All fans in attendance will receive the official 2014 Razorback football team poster and pocked schedule card.
- Season tickets for the 2014 football season are now on sale starting at $300. Tickets for both Fayetteville and Little Rock games may be purchased by clicking here or by contacting the UA Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647).
- The 2014 Football Kickoff Luncheon, presented by URETEK Capital will be held on Aug. 22 at noon at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale, Ark. The doors will open at 11:15 a.m., and general admission tickets are $25 each. A reserved table for eight, with two seats for student-athletes or football personnel, is $300. To purchase tickets, please call 1-800-982-HOGS.
Up Next: On Saturday, August 16, Arkansas football will host an open scrimmage for the fans in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 2 p.m.
Follow Live: For complete coverage of Arkansas football throughout fall camp, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.
Kickoff: The Razorbacks open the season with a Southeastern Conference contest at Auburn University on Aug. 30. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.