The University of Arkansas football team continued practice Thursday with two workouts. The team practiced on the outdoor practice fields during the morning session that went from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and held its afternoon practice inside the stadium from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Following the morning workout, the team continued an annual tradition as former Razorback David Johnson supplied some of the world famous Hope, Ark., watermelon to the squad.
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson spoke to the media following the second practice of the day and selected quotes from his media session are below:
"It’s been a week ago that we started and we are much better than we were a week ago, so now we are making progress. We’ve got some guys that have gone from one unit up to the next and have made some moves. We’re trying to work together as a unit. Today we’re starting the beginning of the dog days. All of a sudden all these reps and scrimmages and certain sections of practice begin to wear on them a little bit physically and they have to push themselves through. We’re starting to execute a little bit more technique wise. We’re starting to get our assignments, but our legs are starting to go away from us. Our kids came out and practiced hard, so they put that behind them."
On Colton Nash switching to tight end:"Colton Nash is a guy whose future is still not set yet. Because of our injuries on the offensive side of the ball we need to do whatever is right for the team. There is not telling how big he’s going to be. He’s very strong for his age. He’ll be back to a learning process. He’s a guy we recruited a defensive player, but we knew he had a tight end background."
On Adrian Davis:"He is starting to buy into the things we were selling at the beginning of last year. He’s starting to play harder on a more consistent basis. He’s a young man we looked at during the summer in our leadership seminars we had with our players. I think that made a big change in this young man’s life. His habits are better. He’s made some growth, not only physically, but as a human. He’ll be better for our team because of it."
On Rudell Crim:"Rudell is making a push. I love Rudell because each practice he makes a point to learn one thing and every time that happens he doesn’t forget about it. It’s like riding a bike and he’ll never make that mistake. He’s still feeling his way, but he’s going to be reliable once the time comes. There is great competition at his position."