It's Labor Day. But it's not an off day.
At least, that's the case for the Razorbacks (and sports media folks).
Arkansas coach John L. Smith, running back Knile Davis and linebacker Tenarius Wright met with the media this afternoon to take a look back at the 49-24 win against Jacksonville State and ahead to Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock.
There were a handful of things we learned from the media opportunity. Some newsworthy. Some entertaining:
• Hamilton is Fine — Smith said receiver Cobi Hamilton, who left Saturday's game in the first quarter with a neck issue/possible concussion is fine. Hamilton, who did catch 2 passes for 13 yards before his exit, is expected to practice this week. He should be fine for Saturday's game in Little Rock, which is good for Hamilton consider the numbers he has put up in the stadium during his career (22 catches, 544 yards, 7 TDs in 6 games).
• Davis Likes Pain? — RB Knile Davis said he felt sore after the opener. And he was fine with it. Hard to blame him (for feeling sore and liking it), since Davis hadn't played a game in more than a year before last Saturday's opener. Davis liked the way he performed, too, saying his speed, vision and cuts were good. Davis said he missed 2 holes on his 18 carries, but the rest were "downhill runs." He called the first game a "relief" after sitting out so long.
• Peacock Should Be Back — Smith has never said the word suspension in regard to players who missed the opener. But it's pretty clear tackle Jason Peacock was suspended, though, as part of the punishment for his offseason mistake. Smith said Peacock is expected back for Saturday's game and could factor into the offensive line rotation. Arkansas wants competition at the tackle positions and believes Peacock can challenge, considering he started nine games last season.
• John L. Smith Time Is Different Than Regular Time — Arkansas is supposed to start its Monday press conferences at 1 p.m. So what was Smith doing in the room at 12:45? The coach showed up early (although he said told media members still trickling in they were late). He even got on the phone and called Nate Allen to tell him to hurry up, saying "a dollar waiting for a dime, sweetheart." It's not exactly clear whether Smith really thought it was 1 p.m. or not. But I'm setting my watch 15 minutes fast next week ... just in case.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau