London's Calling

UA freshman wideout London Crawford (6-3, 205) joins linebackers Weston Dacus and Ryan Powers and defensive end Anthony Brown in getting their first recent practice time during Monday's short workout.

London Crawford didn't participate in Saturday night's Pro-Style Tempo Thud, but the true freshman wideout had a ringside seat for both it and University of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt's blowup in the meeting room afterwards.

Crawford was back at practice – along with defensive end Anthony Brown and linebackers Weston Dacus and Ryan Powers - for the first time in week or more on Monday and took time to share his views on what his head coach labeled "ridiculous" and "embarrassing."

"Honestly I can't say whether it was offensively or defensively, but I do know that we are a team," Crawford said. "Where one side of the ball messes up, the other side has to take the same blame because we are all one. We just didn't play to the point that we were supposed to and they let us know it."

Quizzed about whether his team was angry enough at USC's embarrassment of the Razorbacks last season to be ready to play the Trojans again and be successful on Sept. 2, Crawford went a different direction.

"I am never mad because if you go into a game mad, you are not going to get anything out of it," Crawford said. "All the guys out here are happy and ready to go play. It is a joy to us – like going to church on a Sunday is a joy."

Crawford, who switched his commitment late from LSU to Arkansas, was certainly happy to be back on the field Monday night after missing a couple of practices due to dehyrdration and then injuring his knee in a workout a week earlier.

"I think I went up to jump for a pass and it felt like I left the bottom of my leg stayed on the ground and at the same time I twisted it," Crawford said of the injury. "But I feel like I am coming along. I feel like it is something I am going to have to fight through and – as you know – I have went through a lot of things my whole life. It is not a pain where I can't fight through it so I will be out here."

He is learning how it works in college when it comes to rehab.

"It was hurting a lot worse than it is now," Crawford said. "But it is like Coach Nutt said, you have got to get up there to the training room and get treatment on your time and whenever you can – just get there, get there. That is what I have been doing and that has gotten me a lot better. I can't fight through this."

As for the injury itself, it has Crawford perplexed after he at first thought he thought he had twisted something inside the knee, but now the diagnosis is headed another way.

"We are not really sure, but we think in the end it is tendonitis," Crawford said. "We have great, great trainers and I am listening and doing everything they tell me to do. It is working and it is making me better."

Like most freshman, he is learning to play through the pain.

"At first I really didn't want to run too hard and mess myself up, but it seems like the more I try to baby my leg up – which I never have done to an injury – the more it hurts," Crawford said. "But when you are going through it and you've got the adrenaline pumping and everybody is pushing you and your are pushing them, you kind of forget sight of what the injury is. Afterwards it might hurt, but that is what treatment is for."

Crawford hasn't exactly been told that he has fallen behind in the wideout rotation by receivers coach and UA offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, but he knows that missing practice time put him at a disadvantage.

"He doesn't have to tell me anything about it," Crawford said. "It's like if you are working hard and you stop for a minute, a lot of guys will pass you up. I am a competitor, but I kind of fell back a little bit, but I want to be a winner so I am going to have to fight for my spot back."

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