FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football team returned to the practice field Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour workout. Following Wednesday’s practice inside Walker Pavilion, UA’s defensive coordinator Willy Robinson spoke with the media.
On Arkansas’ defense matching up to Georgia’s A.J. Green:
"He’s a really good athlete. We’ll have to play smart on the back end."
On Wednesday’s practice:
"We had a good practice today. It was a fast tempo and we took a lot of reps. It should be this way. We’ve had a few extra days to roll with this team. We have a much better understanding of what is going on. The tempo was really fast. "
On what Georgia presents offensively:
"They have a very good offensive line with a lot of experience. They have some fine running backs and their quarterback is a great competitor. He’s not the biggest guy in the world, not the most accurate guy in the world but he competes and he goes to the end. They do a lot of great things with him as far as moving out of the pocket and putting the quick game together. He’s able to get the ball out quick and get it in the playmaker’s hands. That really helps his productivity."
On the defense being better at stopping the run:
"I think it’s too early to tell (if we are better). I think we fit our gaps a lot better this year. I don’t think you can use the first game as a barometer. I think the Georgia game is a benchmark to find out if we can (stop the run)."
On the movement among the defense to create competition:
"No, I haven’t had to make as many moves this week. I think we are healthy. I think we are rolling. We have guys who can go in and give some other guys a break. I think we are executing the plan and we have more depth to work with than we did last year."
On the improvement of the newcomers in the secondary:
"I thought Rudell Crim did a great job. Anthony Leon performed well in certain phases of the game. DeQuinta Jones did as well. I think all of our first year guys are doing a great job. They are not quite where they need to be technique-wise but they are going in and competing. They are playing hard and they are going full speed. You can build from that."