FAYETTEVILLE – The 7th-ranked University of Arkansas football team practiced inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Monday as it continued to prepare for its game against 11th-ranked Kansas State in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Petrino talked after practice about how much stronger the players have gotten since his last stint as an assistant coach for the Razorbacks.
"You can really see what the weight room has done for them," Coach Petrino said. "They’re stronger and faster. They’re running through tackles. These guys don’t get knocked off balance when they get hit, they just keep going."
Coach Petrino went on to say how hard the seniors had been working over the past weeks, knowing it’s their final game in a Razorback uniform.
"I think they’ve been working real hard," Coach Petrino said. "They have good energy and enthusiasm and they’ve had good weeks of practice and I expect them to go out and have a good last game."
The Razorback football team will be signing autographs at Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against Eastern Kentucky starting at 5 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. The session will last until 6:30 p.m. and a limited number of commemorative 2012 Cotton Bowl posters will be available for fans. Fans are limited to having one item signed per player.
The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will be televised nationally on Fox.