FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team concluded its Fayetteville practice schedule Thursday morning on the practice fields just south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Due to weather conditions, the team had practiced inside Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion, but the change of scenery did not effect the team’s focus.
“I can honestly say that I feel really good about our preparations,” interim head coach Reggie Herring said. “The players’ consciousness, their focus, their heart and their spirit were in the right place. We got a lot done here.”
It was the Arkansas’ ninth practice since returning from the Thanksgiving holiday. Herring said it was key to spread the practices out to allow the players to stay in form and remained focused on their Jan. 1 match up against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.
“There’s nothing like getting out, getting a good sweat and practicing,” Herring said. “What’s wrong with extra preparation? As long as you spread it out over a period of time and don’t get anybody hurt, I think the players embrace that and enjoyed it. We have them right where we want them. They’re excited and ready to go to the Cotton Bowl and represent the Razorbacks and the SEC.”
The Hogs’ practices have been intense with the message of winning every down and executing each play. The end of the workouts have included competitions between the offensive and defensive units that Herring said the players embraced.
“The hardest thing about coaching is making hard work fun,” Herring said. “As long as they come out and give us a concentrated effort on every snap, you can always mix in some fun stuff to make it interesting. We had competition at the end of practice and the kids had a lot of fun with it”
The players are headed home for the holiday vacation and will report to Dallas next week as preparations start up again for the Cotton Bowl. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news about Razorback football.