FAYETTEVILLE – The sauna-like weather annoyed the media at the Arkansas football team’s first fall practice Thursday. For everyone else, it was a blessing.

FAYETTEVILLE – The sauna-like weather annoyed the media at the Arkansas football team’s first fall practice Thursday. For everyone else, it was a blessing.


If nothing else, it was a sign football was back.


Not a whole lot was learned yet. Coach Bret Bielema didn’t appear afterward and won’t until Saturday’s third practice. But it was fun.


Turns out, offensive guard Sebastian Tretola can dance. His moves in the stretch line drew chuckles from teammates and onlookers both. Tretola has been the cut-up of the offense, if not the whole team, since arriving from junior college last year. He was in his usual mood Thursday, too, of course, but so was everyone else.


The dance moves weren’t significant. What is though is his size. Tretola, an Outland Trophy watchlist honoree, has lost about 50 pounds over the last 18 months or so. Accordingly, the Razorbacks may no longer be the biggest offensive line in football as they were last year.


But they might.


"Skip’s (Dan Skipper) still 6-10. Me and Denver (Kirkland) are still big boys," Tretola said. "I don’t know. We’ll see. Regardless of being the biggest, we’re always going to be the hardest working."


Thursday was the first time a few Razorbacks had the opportunity to practice at their new school. Freshmen like running back Rawleigh Williams and junior college transfers like Dominique Reed impressed. Reed, especially, according to quarterback Brandon Allen.


There isn’t extraordinary amount of pressure on Reed, but there is more than would be for normal junior college players. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds Reed is skinny. He’s also fast. Crazy fast, in fact. Literally all three players Arkansas brought into the Smith Football Center after practice praised his speed.


The knock on the Camden native were rumors about his route-running. It’s only a day but Allen didn’t think there would be much truth to that.


"He’s so fast and Keon’s kind of talked to him a lot and taken him under his wing and is teaching him the offense as fast as he can," Allen said. "He’s a bright guy. He’s caught on pretty fast. I think the reps that he’s going to get over camp are going to be extremely beneficial for him moving into the system."


Keon is Keon Hatcher, the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver on the roster. Reed is expected – rather, it’s hoped Reed will be his opposite. Hatcher is more a possession receiver. Reed is supposed to be the deep threat.


And Allen thinks if Reed does that ability, this year’s Arkansas offense will be able to take advantage of that.


Last year’s offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is gone. In is former Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos. Enos left Mount Pleasant as the head coach to take a downgrade in job title, but an up in pay. He is Allen’s fourth offensive coordinator in five seasons. By all accounts, even going back into the spring, he’s also Allen’s favorite.


"I think with this offensive system we can be more balanced," Allen said. "I think we’re going to have a chance to keep defenses more honest and not be able to stack the box and make us be one-dimensional. So I think this offense is going to spread people out a little more against us and really take away that factor of them just putting nine guys in the box and stopping the run."


The next month will tell. The Razorbacks open the season September 5 against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium.