FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team reported for the beginning of 2011 fall practices on Wednesday. The team, led by fourth-year head coach Bobby Petrino, sat down to an evening dinner in the Miller Room of the Broyles Center, with members of the Razorback squad fielding questions from the media.
Sophomore offensive guard Alvin Bailey, a returning starter, expressed his excitement for the beginning of a new season of Arkansas football.
"We’re ready to get practice started," Bailey said. "We’re ready to get into pads. It’s getting pretty exciting around here."
The Broken Arrow, Okla., native pointed out his willingness to continue building on the Razorbacks’ past successes.
"I’m still going in with the same attitude," Bailey said. "I’m here to get better and try to help the team out where I can."
Freshman cornerback Kelvin Fisher Jr., a native of Queen Creek, Ariz., spoke of his readiness to hit the field for the first time as a Razorback.
"I’m ready to start out camp and see what’s in store for me," Fisher said. "I’m extremely excited to do whatever I need to contribute to the team and just help in the best way possible."
All Razorback football practices from August 4-20 will be open to the public except Aug. 14 and Aug. 18. Practices will be closed after August 20. The team is scheduled to practice on the intramural fields, located next to the Dills Indoor Courts, from Aug. 4-17.
Arkansas kicks off the 2011 football season inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium against Missouri State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. The game will be shown on pay-per-view with details to be announced.