It's Time To Hit

After getting to hang with with the veterans for the first time on Sunday, Arkansas freshman Deatrich Wise (6-6, 250) and the Razorbacks' other "pretty" rookie defensive ends are looking forward to finally having the full pads on when Monday night's practice rolls around.

Arkansas' newcomers got a taste on Sunday, but they'll get the full-padded meal on Monday.

Freshman defensive end Deatrich Wise (6-6, 250), the former Carollton (Texas) Hebron standout is looking forward to it.

"We hit constantly every day as linemen so it really is just another day for me," Wise said. "But I am very excited for it to be full pads. I am ready to get everything rolling."

Wise and his fellow rookies got the chance to join the veterans for the first time as the full team was together in Sunday's only practice.

"It was a great experience playing with the older guys, learning what they do, learning what the coaches teach them," Wise said. "I thought I was in the mix with everything and up to speed for the most part."

Wise is one of four freshmen defensive ends in the 2012 class along with Jamichael Winston (6-5, 250), Brandon Lewis (6-5, 235) and Taiwan Johnson (6-3, 245).

Arkansas defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell loves his wealth of riches and notes that Wise makes the quarterbacks look like midgets when he gets in the backfield.

"They are talking about my wingspan because when I put my hands up I have a 7-2 wingspan," Wise said.

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith called his young defensive ends "pretty" on Saturday while referring to them as physical specimens.

"It's a good thing and bad thing," Wise said while laughing. "There are ups and down being pretty. Off the field, it is good, but on the field you don't want to be pretty."

Arkansas freshman wide receiver Keon Hatcher thinks the youngsters went out to practice with the right attitude on Sunday.

"I thought we went out there and did good," Hatcher said. "We got to learn some new stuff and were just working hard and learning from the older guys. They are teaching us different stuff. I think we did pretty good."

Hatcher is being mentioned as someone with a great chance to play since there are three wideouts left for the NFL, one transferred and two more are no longer with the team due to legal issues.

"I think I have got a chance and there is a door open," Hatcher said. "I have just got to work hard and play and put my foot through there, go out there and make plays."

It was Hatcher's first chance to get to work with All-SEC quarterback in a real practice.

"He is a leader," Hatcher said. "It is just like another coach out there. He is out there playing with you and he is a leader. That defines Tyler right there – he is a leader."





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