Junior college transfer Myke Tavarres (6-2, 220) said as much Thursday after Arkansas finished up the fifth of 15 workouts that the NCAA allows this spring.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash said that he was installing things at a slower pace than normal because its a new staff with a new defense and new terminology.
"I am appreciative that he is doing that with me being a junior college guy," Tavarres said. "It's a lot to take in. He is taking it slow for us so we can actually take in every thing that we are going through. It is really nice for me and other players because it is a new defense for everyone."
"It's actually funny because my stance actually matters now," Tavarres said. "They definitely key on how I move my feet and the knee bend and actually using my hands. It is a lot more of the smaller things that really matter in Division I than junior college. It's not just go out there and make a play and do whatever you need to do to make that play.
"They are so intricate about the smallest details and if you work on them it makes us all better players," Tavarres added.. "They (the players) are definitely buying into it. They are all taking it in a lot faster than I am actually, but I am getting there."
Tavarres is viewed as someone who can play all three linebacker spots but is spending his time mostly at the Will and Sam.
"They are mostly just working with me on both outside linebacker positions," Tavarres said. "I love the linebacking corp. We mess around a lot. We are having a lot of fun, but we also work together. When we go in and watch film together (as a team), the linebackers are 'come over and sit with us.'...We are really a close knit bunch."
Tavarres is looking forward to Arkansas' Saturday scrimmage.
"I think a successful scrimmage for us would be just to compete," Tavarres said. "They are going to be first downs, there are going to turnovers, there are going to be fumbles. But I think if we are out there competing as a team, that is what they want to see and when we will have the most success."