FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team held practice Thursday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in preparation for Saturday’s game at Ole Miss. Head coach Bret Bielema was available to the media after practice and spoke about the team’s performance this week.
"It was a good week of practice," Coach Bielema said. "I thought our guys really took the highs from Saturday night and tried to build on those. The lows of Saturday night we tried to correct. It’s a work in progress, but I do feel closer this week and I don’t know when it’s going to come. I sure would like it to happen Saturday, but it’s getting ready to pop."
Coach Bielema also talked about the team’s progress during practice this week.
"Three things jump out to you," Coach Bielema said. "Our execution is so much more crisp and detailed. All of the phases that we’re doing whether it’s offense, defense, special teams, I sit there as a head coach and I can just see there is less verbiage before the snap, which means the coaches aren’t talking to them as much. I think the execution overall, whether it’s a slant route, pick route, post route, it’s just cleaner in everything that we’re doing. There isn’t a guy flopping free and destroying a play before it gets started. There isn’t near as many whistles before the snap even happens which means you’ve got a pre-alignment issue. The third thing is just all of those little indicators that I always talk about, academics, social and weight room behavior. All three of those add up into football and they’ve all been arrows up. We’ve taken a number of bad grades we’ve had going and we’ve almost reduced it by half."
Kickoff for Saturday’s game in Oxford, Miss., against Ole Miss is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. and the game will be televised nationally on SEC TV. For a complete list of affiliates click here.
Single-game tickets for the Mississippi State game in Little Rock on Nov. 23 are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, 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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