FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team practiced Wednesday in its preparations for the start of the 2010 Razorback season, beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. vs. Tennessee Tech. The 17th-ranked UA squad, according to the AP preseason poll, worked on all facets of its game in the afternoon workout. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson feels the Arkansas team is peaking at the right time.
"The thing about it is we had our legs today," Coach Robinson said. "We were much faster and much more efficient in everything we did today."
Coach Robinson commented that the coaching staff feels the UA defenders are prepared for the coming season and the task at hand Saturday. The unit returns five of its top seven tacklers from last season.
"We think we have the right answers for what we want to do," Coach Robinson said. "We feel very comfortable right now, and I think the players do to. We operated extremely fast today."
The UA defensive coordinator noted he is pleased with the group of contributors he can call upon in the freshman class.
"Eric Bennett will play for us," Coach Robinson said. "We feel like he’s had a great offseason and a great camp. We feel the same way about Byran Jones and Chris Smith. We feel like those two youngsters bring something to the table."
In planning for the Tennessee Tech contest, Coach Robinson expects to match-up against a Golden Eagle team that can execute well on the offensive side.
"They are awfully efficient at what they do," Coach Robinson said. "They get the ball into the hands of people and make them miss."
Fans are reminded that the UA vs. TTU contest is on pay-per-view for $34.99, and can be watched live by contacting their local cable or satellite providers or through RazorVision on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.