FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team held practice on Thursday during its second bye week of the season. Head coach Bret Bielema was available to the media after practice and spoke about the week.
“We ended practice with a little developmental scrimmage," Coach Bielema said. "The guys had great energy, a good sign of things to come. As far as injury-wise, during the course of the week we backed off our guys a little bit on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, the guys that had been playing a lot. We got a great jump Wednesday, Thursday. We kind of mirrored the bye week schedule we used last time. Thought we came back after that week and guys had great energy going into the game, so I’ve been able to do that. I put a little emphasis this week on the guys that need academic work to get where they need to be in order to be at a good point at the end of this semester. Then a lot of developmental work each day, which has been fun to be a part of.”
Coach Bielema also spoke about recruitment efforts during the bye week.
“It’s been good," Coach Bielema said. "I think the part that we knew going into the first bye week and this bye week, by NCAA rules we’re allowed 42 evaluation days and we really try to maximize those. We’ll use all of those up, actually 41 of the 42 before this weekend. We saved one back for a playoff game next week here in Arkansas. I thought our staff had come up with a great plan. We’ve been very fortunate in being able to maximize it out. The reception has been very, very positive from the coaches that we’ve visited with. We can’t visit with the players yet until the Sunday after we play LSU, but it’s continued to be very positive. We’re going coast to coast. We’re relying a lot on relationships that we’ve had in the past, and I’m very, very excited when I talk to some of these guys on the phone about the desire for them to come in and help the troop.”
Kickoff for the Nov. 23 game against Mississippi State is set for 11:21 a.m. and will be televised nationally by SEC TV.
Single-game tickets for the Mississippi State game in Little Rock are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Apitionally, tickets for the Little Rock game can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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