FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football team practiced as an entire squad Monday evening at the intramural fields near the Dills Indoor Tennis Courts.
Monday’s practice marked the first time in five days of fall camp that the newcomers and veterans practiced together, and also the first time that the players wore full pads.
Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willie Robinson was impressed with the response of his newcomers despite the adjustment they had to make to the speed of practicing with the veterans.
"The pace of everything that we do, going from one drill to the next, because of the skill level, is a lot different at that next step," Coach Robinson said. "They did good, they really did, and we kept them afterwards and got more reps with them, so it went well for those kids."
Robinson was also excited about the quicker, more game-like atmosphere fostered by practicing with pads on.
"When you practice in full pads, it’s about timing," Coach Robinson said. "It looked sharp today. It looked sharp as far as that went, it didn’t seem like they were playing slow at all, so they were making their mistakes full speed."
Practice continues Tuesday, with the team scheduled to hit the field at 6 p.m. All outdoor practices are open to the public through Aug. 20, excluding Aug. 14 and Aug. 18. The team is scheduled to practice on the intramural fields from Aug. 4 to Aug. 17.
The Razorbacks will kick off the 2011 season on Sept. 3 against Missouri State inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be available on pay-per-view.