FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Razorback football team concluded its bye-week practice slate on Thursday afternoon with a 1 ½ hour workout inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs are scheduled to take a break from practice for the weekend and continue preparations for their next contest with Georgia (9/19) early next week. Below are excerpts from Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino’s post-practice press conference.
On Thursdays’ practice"Today was good, I thought that the guys came out with good energy, they flew around and had a good attitude. I think that we got better today."
On the way the wide receivers graded out after the Missouri State game"They played good. We didn’t have any drops. They had some good touchdown blocks, they played hard. One thing that we have really been working on is get off and arm drive and playing fast and I thought they did a good job of that. They had a good game."
Prognosis on Lucas Miller’s return"Last I heard was we were hoping that the best scenario was Alabama and the worst the week after that."
Have you taken advantage of the off week"We tried to take great advantage of it. We worked hard, we took a couple of formations today of what we want to do against Georgia and worked hard and I think that kids understand it. We got to watch a lot of tape of them, so it has definitely put us ahead in knowing what they do so it will be interesting to see how they play against South Carolina. We have tried to make it a big positive and the kids have worked hard and I think improved during the week."
On Georgia"Their two defensive tackles are big and strong. They don’t get moved around much, they really played pretty good against Oklahoma State. [Oklahoma State] had one long pass and then got the ball on the plus-six and then on the plus-21 and then I think they got the ball on the 28, so most of their points came off good field position. They are a good defense, they fly around and play hard and they are big inside, they do a good job anchoring inside with their defensive tackles."
Yards after catch and Greg Childs"[Childs] ran hard, and had great effort to get a first down a couple of times. As a group, usually the receivers and the running backs have a competition on who gets the most yards and with the backs it’s after contact and [the receivers] it’s after the catch. Usually if one group gets over 100 yards you have a great chance to win. If both groups get over 100 you are going to win. The receivers were over 100 and the backs weren’t but that is something that we just have to keep working on and keep that competition. If both groups work hard in doing that we’re going to be in good shape."
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