FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team went to work at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium Wednesday afternoon, with the upcoming 2010 football season drawing closer by the day. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson has seen Razorback players step up throughout the August practice sessions and likes where his defensive units currently sit.
"We feel good," Coach Robinson said. "I think we feel really good about where we are. Our communication is getting better each time we work with each other."
Coach Robinson has been impressed with the play of the UA secondary. Breaking down the unit, Coach Robinson likes the toughness he sees, especially from junior defensive back Tramain Thomas.
"Tramain (Thomas) has been having a really good camp," Coach Robinson said. "I think he brings a really physical element back there. He’s got good ball skills and makes great breaks. His decision making is getting better. He’s a tackler. If he gets you in his sights, he’ll knock you out."
While the Arkansas defensive backs roam the wide expanses of field beyond the line of scrimmage, Coach Robinson still has a keen interest in the trenches.
"I think Alfred Davis is playing solid for us at nose tackle," Coach Robinson said. "He plays with his hands well and stays at a good level. He’s 330 pounds. He’s kind of a tough kid to move. I think he feels competition there. Byran Jones had a great day for us yesterday. D.D. Jones is working to be an every-down player for us. He’s a guy that is productive for us when he’s in there."
The Razorbacks take to practice again Thursday, with the session set to begin at 4 p.m. Practices are closed to the public. Fans are reminded that Arkansas kicks of the new football season vs. Tennessee Tech in Fayetteville, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. For more on UA football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.