Bielema Addresses Robinson Arrest

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema addresses the arrest of signee JoJo Robinson and talks about some impressions of his team's Red-White game on Saturday.

JoJo Robinson, the Arkansas wide receiver signee who was arrested for armed robbery Wednesday in Miami, was on hand for the Razorbacks' Red-White game on Saturday.

He was released on his own recognizance and currently has a court date scheduled for May.

The police report states Robinson was found inside a vehicle with two other suspects. The driver stopped and and unnamed co-defendant who was inside the vehicle got out and allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint and stole a gold bracelet, according to the report. 

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was asked about the situation following the game on Saturday.

"I haven't met with him," Bielema said. "I saw JoJo...I'm obviously not at liberty to discuss anything. One of the things we always constantly pride ourselves on is doing everything right on and off the field. I would say this: If there was any concern on my behalf, if there was any validity to it, he wouldn't be here. He's a great kid. Dad obviously has spoken on his behalf. I'll just leave it up to them."

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Bielema's best line of the press conference was describing smallish linebacker TQ Coleman (5-10, 207), who had four tackles, having no fear of contact.

"He's a violent, angry, short little man," Bielema said. "I know he got frustrated, sent out a tweet, whatever, he's just one of those guys that he can be an in the box safety. He can be a nickel/linebacker. But the one thing that I know he can do, he can tackle and play with some contact."

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Damon Mitchell (6-0, 200) – the redshirt freshman quarterback who reclunctly agree to give wide receiver a try – had 3 catches for 27 yards and one carry from tailback for a three-yard loss.

"The last two weeks I guess we moved him strictly to wide receiver," Bielema said. "He's continued to make good strides there. I thought today was a really good day for him. He caught the ball effectively and he's a strong player, you know, when he gets his hands on the ball, he's a big body to bring down."

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Bielema was asked if his defense was better under new defensive coordinator Robb Smith or was it just his offense struggling.

"Well, I know this: the proof is going to be in the pudding next fall," Bielema said. " But just from coaching defense my entire life, I feel comfortable about how they're lining up what they're saying. The ways they're communicating. The swag that they're kind of playing with.

"Those corners were very physical today," Bielema added. "I know it's hard for me to say that, because corners aren't necessarily the toughest guys in the world, but they're playing extremely physical. Which was an affect on the receivers on both of those interceptions in the first half. That's hopefully going to bode well for us in the future."

While things have certainly not gone well off the field so far in his tenure, Bielema did point to an off the field accomplishment when asked about goals for the summer.

"First and foremost, we've got about two weeks of school left and they've got to finish strong," Bielema said. "We've got a chance … we had the highest fall semester GPA in the school history and I think this spring we'll be better than that. I think that's a huge indicator for me if we can do that.

"We've got kind of a unique summer where we have three weeks of discretionary time where they're on their own," Bielema added. "They can't just go sit on the coach and play video games and eat all of mom's cooking. They've got to take a little initiative and report here at the end of May, first week of June in good shape.

"There is a new Ncaa rule that allows us to do some hoganese (meetings) for the first four weeks of the summer that we'll take full advantage of and really stress to those guys when we're not around them as coaches is when they're going to have their biggest growth," Bielema continued. "How they handle themselves when we're not around. How they bring along some of these new players that are going to come in in June for summer school and continue to make strides forward."

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