FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An afternoon rain shower kept temperatures down, but also kept the University of Arkansas newcomers inside the Walker Pavilion for the afternoon session of two-a-days as the group continued working fundamentals during a pair of practices, while the returnees from the 2000 squad reported to campus on Tuesday. The upperclassmen, many of who were on hand to watch the freshmen and transfers during practice yesterday, were issued their equipment and underwent physicals before meeting with the coaching staff.
“I get more excited about this group every time I come out here,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “They are all listening in the classroom and are ready to take what they learn and bring it out to the field. I’m real proud of all of them. They’ve been able to learn for a couple of days and are learning more than the last couple of classes about the techniques and plays.”
The evaluation process of the freshmen and transfers continued and in an attempt to add depth to the receiver position Decori Birmingham was moved over from the defensive side of the ball where he had been lining up as a cornerback. In part the move was made due to Michael Robinson having trouble with a fractured tibia he sustained this past May. As a result, Robinson will miss the next two days of practice. The switch for Birmingham is not the first time he has been a part of the offense as he rushed for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns on 125 carries as a running back during his senior season at Atlanta High School in Texas.
Although the rain had ended by the time the afternoon workout had begun, Nutt elected to move the practice inside in an effort to save the grass on the outdoor field. With media day and orientation scheduled for Wednesday, the full squad will begin its two-a-days on Thursday.