Deatrich Wise is no longer the 6-6, 235-pound prospect that arrived on Arkansas campus back last summer either physically or mentally.
The Razorback defensive end is now a fully grown 270-pound man who knows its his time to hit the field and made his presence known in Saturday's scrimmage with several tackles a pass batted down in the backfield.
"I am now 270 and I am better with the run game, taking on hits and shredding blocks," Wise said. "I got stronger in the weight room thanks to (strength and conditioning) Coach (Ben) Herb(ert)."
Wise is running second team right now along with fellow redshirt freshman Jamichael Winston (6-5, 250) while returning starters Chris Smith and Trey Flowers getting most of the first-team snaps.
Wise actually played in two games (against Jacksonville State and Alabama) last season and actually recorded a sack for a 21-yard loss, but was still able to redshirt.
"Everything is going good right now," Wise said. "I am just trying to take it one day at a time and doing everything from the bottom up."
Wise knows he will definitely be taking the field for sure this season.
"It is definitely a different mindset this year," Wise said. "I am taking every snap seriously, every drill serious because I know that I am not only going to get to play this season for sure, but play a lot."
Wise, whose dad was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and played for the New Orleans Saints, loves working with new defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.
"He is very fundamental and he has techniques that he gets across with our steps and our hands," Wise said. "He is real big on the small things. He is real big on reading the offense...goals and being disciplined."
He notes the new staff has been very understanding with its new players as they try to grasp a brand new system and way of doing things.
"They are very patient with us," Wise said. "They are coming in and trying to know us and us know them. Everything is going good and it is a work in progress at this point."
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