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Weather doesn’t deter UA football practice

Weather doesn’t deter UA football practice

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas football team continued its fall camp on Wednesday evening with a practice that started in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and ended up in Walker Pavilion after lightning in the area forced the team to move indoors.

Special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith said that continuity and keeping the players fresh was something that needed to be taught as the season approaches.

“Today was one of those deals that can be good for you at times,” Coach Smith said. “It’s a break in momentum and forces you to stay focused. It teaches the kids to keep stretching and stay focused, so I think from time to time, it’s not a bad thing. You have to learn how to go through this because something like this might happen in a football game.”

With Wednesday’s practice now behind them, the Razorbacks have completed one full week of fall camp and have gotten a lot accomplished in just those seven days.

“It’s been a great week,” Coach Smith said. “There’s always going to be ups and downs. You’ll have one good day and the next not so good, but we have to make sure we take those not so good days and bring them up to what the good days are like. We have to come out here and not be complacent after a good day. We have to pick it up on the next day and make sure we improve.”

Practice continues Thursday with the team scheduled to begin drills at 6 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.

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