Spring practice is most anticipated in years

by verotik on March 29, 2010

Fayetteville, ARK – 2010 is one of the most anticipated football seasons for the Arkansas Razorbacks. And the play on the field starts this week.

The Hogs will begin Spring practices Tuesday March 30th. They’ll finish the practice session with the annual Red-White Spring game April 24th.

Arkansas’ program has made headlines for reasons it never imagined in the off-season. Preseason all-SEC quarterback Ryan Mallett broke a bone in his foot during conditioning. His injury won’t keep him away from the field.

“(Ryan) Mallett will just have to do a good job in the meetings and get a better understanding of taking reps, without really doing it,” said head coach Bobby Petrino. “He’s done that before during his first spring when he transferred.”

The soon-to-be sophomore backup quarterback Tyler Wilson is expected to get most of the reps in the Spring. The Greenwood, Arkansas product threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns in limited action in 2009.

“We expect Tyler (Wilson) to jump out with the ones and Tyler is excited about it getting a lot of the reps,” said Petrino. “He’s certainly done a nice job in the leadership role.”

Redshirt freshman Brandon Mitchell and incoming freshman Jacoby Walker will also work behind center.

Fans know what to expect out of the high-scoring offense. As for the defense, fans just hope for improvement.

“Our goal is to bring up the caliber of our defense, we always set our expectations high and in order to do that we have to be more consistent,” said junior defensive back Isaac Madison. “We have to have those complete games and we are holding teams in singles digits and really shutting them down.”

Madison earned a starting role after a strong practices before the 2009 season. He then suffered a season-ending knee injury before the opening Missouri State game. [Read More]

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