After two days without pads, Arkansas football practice went "live" on Thursday with full pads and plenty of action. It was another good day with quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell. Offense seemed to dominate the action. It was a solid day for the newcomers at offensive line, including tackle Brey Cook.
There were no interviews after practice. The Hogs will take off from spring drills until Tuesday, March 29, following spring break, set for next week.
The best news of the day, with all of the live contact, there were no injuries on the day. The Hogs have had no injuries for the first three days of workouts. The only thing that has taken a player off the field were a few minor cramps on Wednesday.
The workout contained live work on the running game in a couple of periods early in the day. All four of the top running backs (Knile Davis, Broderick Green, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo) had impressive runs behind crisp blocking. Several were just inside the blocks from Cook, still working with the first team at weakside tackle. Cook jumped offside once during that drill, but didn't have any other false starts.
The day also contained long full contact periods in 11-on-11, although the ball was always returned to the previous spot and the down markers read first-and-10. There were 30 plays in the team run period. Then, after 39 plays in pass skeleton and some special team work that featured a 70-yard Dylan Breeding punt, head coach Bobby Petrino put the team through about 90 minutes of live 11-on-11 work.
In pass skeleton, Wilson and Mitchell completed 12 straight passes before the four QBs combined to miss 6 of the next 8. The wideouts made some nifty grabs of a couple of not-so-perfect throws. There were few misfires over the last 10 throws. Petrino encouraged the offense to "pick it up" during its one lull.
Wilson, who had one interception in pass skeleton, and Mitchell were both sharp in the team drills to end the day. One of the intersting play was a post route to Joe Adams that Wilson hit. Tramain Thomas flashed for an interception, missed and Adams tipped the ball to himself for what would have been a 60-yard TD. That drew some applause from a small gathering in the stadium.
Freshman middle linebacker Tyler Gilbert had several impressive hits on the day, including some flush hits in one-on-one live tackling drills. Also flashing brilliance was freshman wideout Marquel Wade, beautiful in the open fiield after four or five catches. He did catch a flush hit from Gilbert and a defensive back and popped up. Kealon Kellybrew, senior transfer, made a few plays at cornerback with the third team.
There was impressive play throughout the day from senior wideouts Jarius Wright and Joe Adams along with junior Cobi Hamilton. Chris Gragg made a nice grab in traffic.
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