FAYETTEVILLE – Rain moved the Arkansas football team’s practice indoors for the second straight day as the Razorbacks prepare to face Ole Miss on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Hogs went through a series of drills before tackling the game plan and ending Wednesday’s session with another video session back inside the Broyles Center.
“All around they did things really well,” Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said. “It was really a good Wednesday practice for us.”
Arkansas’ practice sessions over the past two days have been shorter than they had been previously and Robinson addressed the change in scheduling.
“[The shorter practice helps] mentally and physically both,” Robinson said. “We are at that point in the year when we need do need to cut back on some things. Fewer reps and higher energy it seems to have brought higher energy to them and it did today.”
After struggling to cause turnovers through the opening part of the schedule, the Razorback defense has forced four fumbles and intercepted three passes over the last two games, an encouraging thing for Robinson and his defensive players.
“They are executing on defense and running to the ball,” Robinson said. “Some of them are stripped balls and we had two the other night, actually three, but we didn’t recover the third. We are rallying to the ball. The thing about tackling is you bring your arms to tackle to get the guy down but sometimes you knock the ball out and people are running to the ball.”
One of the interceptions in the Kentucky game was made by sophomore Ramon Broadway on a deep ball down the right side of the field. Broadway leads the team with two picks on the year.
“It was unbelievable,” Robinson said about the interception. “Upstairs I’m looking at it and saying man, he’s three yards behind but he did a good job of recovering and did a great job of timing his jump and coming down with it. He did a great job.”
Coach Bobby Petrino did report after practice that junior running back Michael Smith participated in and individual workout for 45 minutes on Wednesday and was ‘encouraged’ about Smith’s participation.
The Razorbacks return to the field for their typical Thursday practice tomorrow in preparation for Saturday’s contest. For more information regarding Razorback football or University of Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.