FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema met with the media for the first time since national signing day on Thursday. He gave updates on the progress of new players, injuries, suspensions and a timetable for the spring.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema met with the media for the first time since national signing day on Thursday. He gave updates on the progress of new players, injuries, suspensions and a timetable for the spring.


Arrest Aftermath


Defensive lineman Tevin Beanum, who was arrested early Sunday for suspicion of DWI and other charges, is undergoing team punishment for a period of time, Bielema.


He soon-to-be sophomore wasn’t kicked off the team, but had team activities limited and some additional tasks handed out, Bielema said. Beanum he will have to complete university requirements as well as his coach’s to return to the team on a full-time basis. Bielema said he talked to Beanum’s mother to help to determine a proper, or additional, punishment.


"For instance, I’ve taken away his car," Bielema said. "It sounds simple. I think a lot of today’s problems can be solved by an old school way of thinking. So I picked up the phone and called his mom. We talked about different things. He has to go through the court system and obviously he’ll have ramifications. But I’ve basically banned the use of his car for any time other than when he’s coming over here or going to academics. His car is to remain parked. If he gets pulled over for running through a stoplight at 10:30 at night then he’s violated my rules and there’s going to be an even bigger consequence."


Bielema also said he suspended wide receiver JoJo Robinson last week. No reason was given.


Robinson is eligible to return to the team Sunday, Bielema said, if he demonstrates a wiliness to change. The coach expects, at midweek, Robinson to return without issue.


A final unnamed player will also be suspended Friday after Bielema said the player missed too many classes.


New Looks, Old Guys


Denver Kirkland and Sebastian Tretola, two returning starters on the Arkansas offensive line have slimmed considerably since the season ended, Bielema said. Tretola is down 46 pounds and Kirkland is losing weight largely because of his expected shift from guard to tackle in the spring.


Tight end Hunter Henry is up to about 15 pounds to 260 and fellow tight end Jeremy Sprinkle is at about 250 pounds.


Defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson has lost weight and is in better shape, Bielema said, while Deatrich Wise and Jamichael Winston have had the most muscular development. Brooks Ellis, too, Bielema said, has transformed his body to a muscular one despite losing a few pounds.


Spring Schedule


The unofficial marker of the Razorbacks offseason program coming to an end will take place Wednesday when Arkansas will host its annual Pro Day.


The Razorbacks offseason program eight weeks and Pro Day will mark the seventh of those. It’s expected defensive end Trey Flowers, defensive tackle Darius Philon and linebacker Martrell Speight will participate. Tight end A.J. Derby will, too, including a timed 40-yard dash, something he did not do when he went to the NFL Combine over the weekend.


Arkansas first spring practice will be Monday, March 16. It was initially scheduled for the day before, March 15, but with the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship that day, Bielema moved the practice back a day in hopes of cheering the Razorbacks basketball team. Or at least celebrating their inclusion in the NCAA Tournament on that Selection Sunday.


"One of the neat things about Arkansas is during the fall even during those tough times, I would get texts all the time from Mike (Anderson) and a lot of the other coaches on staff," Bielema said. "It truly is a family atmosphere. Everybody says it. I’ve said it every place I’ve been, but it’s really felt here."