ARKANSAS PRESEASON CAMP CENTRAL

The Morning Briefing:

• New-Look Receiving Corps Still Plans To Produce (ArkansasNews.com)

• Hogs Use Laser Tag As Team-Building Exercise; Mitchell Keeping Hoops Options Open (ArkansasNews.com)

Today’s Camp Schedule:

• Full-team practice 9:00-11:30 a.m. (Open to public)  

Player/Position Spotlight

• Offensive guards Luke Charpentier/Alvin Bailey — Bailey is an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award candidate. But he’s a second-team offensive lineman so far in preseason camp. Charpentier, a sophomore, has been working with the starters to kick off what could be one of the more intriguing position battles during the preseason. No one is debating Bailey’s abilities after starting 26 straight games (which also is every game of his career). But coach John L. Smith indicated other things have pushed behind on the depth chart. “I’m going to be honest in this, more demanding of himself academically and what takes place off the field. That’s the first key for him. Show these guys that you’re going to be there with them,” Smith said.

Fact of the Day

• Arkansas’ trio of veteran running backs — Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo — have combined for 3,794 yards and 17 touchdowns in their careers. Each of the backs have eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark with Davis (1,485 yards) leading the way, followed by Johnson (1,279) and Wingo (1,030). While Davis is the clearly best of the bunch when healthy, Johnson believes Arkansas’ wealth of experience at the position will be evident in 2012. “We’re the most mature backfield out there,” Johnson said. “We know what we’re capable of. We know what we need to do to accomplish our goals.”

Tweet of the Day

“I'm so sore I can't even get in a right spot to sleep” — Freshman LB Otha Peters (@Otha_Peters) after Friday’s practice.

Quote of the Day

“Like I try to tell the staff all the time – if they don’t know that we care about them, then they don’t care. They better know that we love them. They better know that we care about them and a lot of times that comes with a kick in the tail. And they have to feel that love come through their tail.” — Arkansas coach John L. Smith said of his philosophy on handling players.

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