ARKANSAS PRESEASON CAMP CENTRAL (AUGUST 6)
The Morning Briefing:
• Arkansas holds first full-team workout a day early without linebacker Alonzo Highsmith sidelined by hamstring injury (ArkansasNews.com)
Today’s Camp Schedule:
• First practice in full pads 6-8 p.m. (Open to public)
• LB Terrell Williams, LB Otha Peters, S Rohan Gaines — Arkansas practiced without a pair of defensive starters Sunday, putting some new faces in the starting lineup for its first full-team practice. Gaines — a redshirt freshman — continued filling in for junior Eric Bennett, who has been limited because of a hamstring injury throughout the first week of preseason camp. Williams shared first-team time with Peters at linebacker after Alonzo Highsmith left Saturday’s practice with a leg problem. Arkansas coach John L. Smith described Highsmith’s injury as a “tweaked” hamstring Sunday, saying it may just keep him out of practice for a day or two. But the early injuries to two defensive starters is testing Arkansas’ depth at some trouble spots early in camp.
Fact of the Day
• Arkansas center Travis Swanson and guard Alvin Bailey are trying to keep impressive streaks alive in 2012. The juniors have not just played in every game the past two seasons (26), but started each one as well. Arkansas’ two most experienced linemen were starters as redshirt freshmen in 2009 and haven’t left the lineup since. Swanson is entrenched as Arkansas’ starter at center once again this preseason, but Bailey will have to battle to keep his starting streak intact. He is working with the second-team offense behind Luke Charpentier, although Smith indicated Bailey’s work in the classroom has been the biggest factor in his early demotion.
Tweet of the Day
“We go against the best offense in the SEC so we have no choice but to b great #WPS” — Safety Rohan Gaines (@PickSixTwoSix)
Quote of the Day
“Hey, catch the ball. You’ve got to block, so go put the man out of bounds. Go hit. As a receiver, when it comes to blocking, you’ve kind of got to have a defensive mentality. You’ve got to get out there and hit, crack those pads. You know how it is. It’s football.” — Freshman Keon Hatcher on what the first day in pads means for receivers.
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