Newcomers Grid Update, 8/3

John L. Smith wanted the pace to improve. It appeared to be more to his liking as the newcomers finished their second workout of fall camp Friday afternoon.

The intensity and pace picked up for the Arkansas football team newcomers in day two of fall camp Friday at the intramural fields. There was some cloud cover, but no break in the temperatures as they soared above 100 again.

It was clear there was some fire in the newcomers in a pass rush/protection drill between the linebackers and fullbacks/tight ends in the early part of the drill. True freshman linebacker Otha Peters and redshirt freshman tight end Alex Voelzke went to the ground as they tried to out wrestle each other.

They were quickly separated and told to stay off the ground. It wasn't clear who won the battle, but it was easy to tell they were both intense. It was also easy to see that coaches liked the spunk in both although it's still going to be a few more practices until the pads are added.

Part of the newcomers practice included special teams work on punt protection. There is speed everywhere in the rookies that could prove valuable in special teams work this season. The five new wide receivers continue to sparkle and seem to have picked up the pace Friday, including some catches by walk-on receiver Scotty Thurman, Jr.

Keon Hatcher made a touchdown catch. Jonathan Williams looked impressive on his cuts in some inside running in the team segment to end the workout.

Head coach John L. Smith noted that the freshmen were moving slower than their excellent athletic ability would suggest in Thursday's first workout. He seemed pleased at the quicker pace Friday afternoon.

The veterans were scheduled to practice at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell, who is also special teams coordinator, will address the media along with selected defensive players. A full report will follow this evening.

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