Hogs Continue to Give Effort During Two-A-Days
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a short morning practice the Razorbacks wrapped up the afternoon on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in full pads for the fourth day. The Razorbacks continued to give a strong effort in drills and conditioning.
“We really felt good about practice today,” assistant coach Bobby Allen said. “The kids have come out every day with great attitudes and giving us effort. You could see it in one of the drills we did earlier today that the intensity level was high. We’ve got good competition going on. I think from top to bottom, just seeing the chemistry and attitude of this team, I really feel we have the chance to be a good, good football team.”
Allen noted the depth in certain areas that has created healthy competition among the players and is proving their potential.
“You look at every area out there and we’re deep in certain positions, which is good,” Allen said. “It creates good competition. The kids are starting to believe in themselves. As we start to gel and play together it gives us a chance to be good in the offense, defense and the kicking game.”
The lack of depth on the defensive line has been an area of concern for many, but Allen displayed confidence in the job that assistant coach Kacy Rogers has done during two-a-days. Especially with sophomore Arrion Dixon and seniors Jermaine Brooks and Raymond House.
“Kacy Rodgers has done a great job of creating some depth there (defensive line),” Allen said. “I know there has been some concerns about our inside guys, but I think Arrion Dixon has really come on and Jermaine Brooks has really started to flourish into the type of player we thought he could be. Raymond House has started to be cross-trained on the inside in case we need to use him there we can do so.”
Center Josh Melton had surgery yesterday to remove debris and repair torn cartilage in his right knee and could be sidelined for two to three weeks. Nathan Ball and Dan Doughty have worked at center in his absence. Tailback Fred Talley returned to practice for the first time since resting a sore shoulder for a few days and walk-on fullback Michael Reuber suffered a deep bruise on his right leg this afternoon.
The Hogs will continue two-a-days until August 24 in preparation for the home opener against Boise State on September 7 at 6 p.m. They will end with a scrimmage at 6 p.m. after the Fan Day festivities, also on August 24.
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