Freshmen & Transfers Begin Two-A-Days

The University of Arkansas football freshman class and transfers continued to get acclimated to the Razorback program on Tuesday as the group began its two-a-day practices. During the morning portion held inside the Walker Pavilion the newcomers battled first-day jitters, but seemed to clear them out of the way by the time they took things outdoors for the afternoon session.

"I've never been more excited after one day, but I love the attitude, speed and athleticism of these guys," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "Now all they need to do is stay around four seasons and they will win a lot of games. They didn't let us down a bit. It is like Christmas day with all the packages and you are uncertain about what is inside. They are everything we wanted and more and have come here better than expected."
Arkansas opened the first practice of the day with performance testing before working on the offensive and defensive plays. During the testing there were 11 players that bench pressed 300-or-more pounds, while Brett Mitchell and Shawn Andrews turned in team-leading marks of 405 and 400, respectively. Leading the way in the vertical jump was Ahmad Carroll who had a height of 35 and a half inches. One of the many highlights of the day was a spectacular reception by Marvin Jackson in which the Navarro Junior College transfer laid out and captured the eyes of many onlookers. However, the quarterback situation seemed to be one the top things Nutt was interested in addressing following both workouts.
"The new quarterbacks were all scared to death at first and they were all trying so hard," Nutt said. "All three of them threw the ball extremely well and got better from this morning. I know the three have done a lot of work and their heads are spinning right now, but for the first day they are doing well. They showed accuracy and we're glad to have all of them here. I'm excited to see them progress over the next couple of weeks."
With just over three weeks to go until the Razorbacks kick off the season against UNLV in Little Rock, the coaches will use the upcoming workouts to gauge where the student-athletes fit into the scheme in order to best serve the program against the Rebels and throughout the 2001 season. With both teams receiving votes in the preseason USA Today/ESPN poll which saw UNLV garner 12 and Arkansas receive seven, the August 30th non-conference match up is already a key one on the Razorback schedule.
On Tuesday, the new members of the team will continue workouts while the returnees check in to the equipment room before undergoing physicals and meeting with the coaching staff.

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