FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team hit the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for Wednesday morning practice and continued to advance in the special teams department. Special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith has seen the squad respond well to yesterday’s two-a-day workouts, adding full contact to the mix of drills in the meantime.
"We livened it up today," Coach Smith said. "We need to see more from a defensive standpoint of live tackling and hitting down-hill. We have made sure we can tackle. That was a good thing to see. We’re going to keep doing that."
The Razorbacks took the field early and Coach Smith noted the fall camp environment is making the team tougher. "We’ll try to run them through a 10-12 play series," Coach Smith said. "Any time you condition in heat, it’s good for you."
UA took one of its cool-down breaks before heading into punt return drills, where an added emphasis has been placed in the August practices.
"We worked on it yesterday and it really looked good," Coach Smith said. "We really needed it live today with those guys kicking the ball. They have to get out and work more. Anytime you’re in fall camp you can never get enough catching with those punt return guys."
Coach Smith pointed out that the Arkansas practices only scratch the surface of the overall work the team is putting to increase its productivity in all facets of the game.
"Coach Petrino gives us time to work on all of those things," Coach Smith said. "We’re making sure we’re getting just a little more meeting time. The meeting times we’ve had to install things have been great. We’re putting some emphasis on it."
August practices will continue to increase in intensity as the Razorbacks prepare for their 2010 campaign. Coach Smith sees no point in slowing down to rest, but to continue ahead at full steam.
"I like what we’re seeing," Coach Smith said. "We have to continue."
UA begins the new football season at home in Fayetteville vs. Tennessee Tech, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The public is allowed to attend practices through August 21 (excluding August 19). Fans are encouraged to visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for information regarding Razorback football.