Arkansas Football Reports For Camp

FAYETTEVILLE -- Laid-back in a gold T-shirt and red mesh shorts, 316-pound Robert Felton looked stress-free Thursday afternoon.


After all, the fifth-year offensive lineman is as experienced as any Arkansas Razorback at going through football orientation. Behind Felton, though, a couple of incoming freshmen entered a room on the bottom level of the Broyles Athletic Center, surely with higher blood pressure.
Inside the room: The first team meeting for the 2007 Arkansas football team and the first of many firsts for the 21 scholarship newcomers who reported for preseason camp Thursday.
"This isn't my first rodeo," Felton said. "For the true freshmen, they don't know what to expect. I know what to expect, they really don't know."
Beyond acclimating newcomers, the Razorbacks used the day to both reminisce and look forward. Among the 105 players who reported for camp Thursday, several spoke with the media.
Senior linebacker Weston Dacus talked about taking over a leadership role for the defense. Senior Robert Johnson spoke of building off a 10-win season, and of the benefits of a full offseason at wide receiver. Junior quarterback Casey Dick sounded excited about the numerous positional competitions that will be waged in the near future.
Running back and Heisman hopeful Darren McFadden breezed right by, accompanied by running back Felix Jones, exempt from media obligations. And Arkansas coach Houston Nutt talked mostly about his newcomers. Arkansas originally signed 27 players in its class of 2007.
Three didn't report on time. Three won't at all after not qualifying academically.

Paperwork is still being finished on two junior college transfers -- safety Walner LeAndre and running back Brandon Barnett -- and high school wide receiver/cornerback Greg Gatson, Jr. Nutt said that LeAndre and Barnett would report "in the next two, three or four days," but that Gatson could take longer.

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