FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football team held a scrimmage inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium during Thursday evening’s practice.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee related that the first live competition between the defensive and offensive squads will be particularly valuable for the young players who are not yet accustomed to the speed of the game.
"This was their first time in live contact," Coach McGee said. "It’s tough out there for them. We’ve got a lot of work to do, so we’ve got to go back to the meeting room in the morning and let them learn. But, I think the future is bright for sure."
Coach McGee believes that the intensity with which the Razorbacks have been practicing throughout fall camp had them physically prepared and in shape for the scrimmage.
"We practice hard, we get a lot of reps in and we move at a really fast pace," Coach McGee said. "That’s our philosophy so that everybody gets work in, and we condition throughout the practice. I didn’t hear anybody complaining about their legs being worn down or any of that. They kept pushing through, so I think they’re getting there."
Practice continues Friday with the team scheduled to begin drills at 3 p.m. on the intramural fields next to the Dills Indoor Tennis Courts. All outdoor practices are open to the public through Aug. 20, excluding Aug. 14 and Aug. 18. The team is scheduled to practice on the intramural fields from Aug. 4 to Aug. 17.
UA will kick off the 2011 season on Sept. 3 against Missouri State inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be available on pay-per-view.