The University of Arkansas football team continue practice Tuesday with two sessions. The team worked on the outdoor practice fields from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. before going into the stadium for the afternoon session from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Following the final practice of the day, UA special teams coordinator John L. Smith spoke with the media:
Update on the special teams:"I thought over the period of camp we have been here, we’ve looked pretty good to be honest with you. We’ve got a little bit of fatigue and a little soreness, but those are things you have to work through. We’ll be fine; everybody is just a little tired right now. We’re going to keep working and they are going to be fine. The kids are excited about it. We are putting a lot of time into it. We’re meeting a lot and getting a lot better. They are excited about that part."
On Alex Tejada:"He’s been fairly consistent and I’ve been pleased with him. Today wasn’t his best day, but he’s been good. The biggest thing is just having confidence. He needs to plant and swing and let it happen. He doesn’t need to punch it or try to steer it. He wants to hurry some things and get it to the green close like in golf instead of just swinging and letting it happen."
On Freddy Burton"Freddy Burton has come back a little bigger and stronger. He’s working really hard. He still has room to improve as we all do, but he’s going to be very good."
On gunners:"Losing (Isaac) Madison probably hurt that a little bit, so we’ll have to make some decisions on that. We’ve got some guys lined up out there. That’s a position receivers can come over and play as well because they are great with their hands. You might see some wide outs out there as well as defensive backs. I think you’ll see some things solidify with the special teams now that we’ve had a good hard look at everybody."
On young players on special teams:"If we can find a young guy we can put on three or four of the special teams units we want to do that. Coach definitely wants to use those guys. Those are guys you need."