FAYETTEVILLE – Throughout the last two weeks of football practice Arkansas players have become pretty familiar with their coaches.
Staff members have been present for multiple, lengthy film sessions and meetings players attend each day. Coaches have been hands-on while overseeing drills and the installation of plays and schemes.
Saturday, though, the Razorbacks were essentially left to fend for themselves. Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said he wanted the closed, 140-play scrimmage was as much like a game as possible.
That meant assistant coaches were not offering on-field assistance like they’ve done through most of the past 12 days. There was no safety net to make sure that players were in the right spot, carrying out the correct play or entering and leaving the huddle properly. [read more]