Petrino's Father Takes Hard Hit In Practice

FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino's father was accidentally on the receiving end of perhaps the hardest hit seen over the first two days of Arkansas' spring practice.

Bob Petrino, who's in town visiting his son, was leveled early in Friday's practice when he got in the path of a wide receiver who had just caught a pass during a drill.

The elder Petrino was walking across the field at the time, and he got knocked to the ground after colliding with the wide receiver. When Petrino walked to the sideline, a large stream of blood could be seen running down his face from a cut above his right eyebrow.

"I hope he's all right," Bobby Petrino said following the two-hour practice inside Arkansas' indoor facility. "That was a good hit."

Arkansas athletic trainer Dean Weber came over to help Bob Petrino, and the former college football coach returned to practice after getting some treatment. But he made sure to stay on the sidelines.

Afterward, Petrino's father said he was fine and joked about the collision. He said he didn't need any stitches, only a substance like glue to stop the bleeding.

Norton Goes Down

Cornerback Jerell Norton, who's competing for a starting spot, appeared to pull his right hamstring while fielding a punt in Friday's practice.

The junior didn't return, and he walked the sidelines with a noticeable limp. He also had an ice pack wrapped around his right thigh.

It's uncertain if Norton will be able to participate at 10:30 a.m. today when the Razorbacks hold their third spring practice.

"That's unfortunate because he was starting to make some strides," Petrino said of Norton's injury. "Hopefully, he won't be out very long."

The Razorbacks are thin at cornerback, and Norton is the most proven of those competing for a starting job. He led the team with five interceptions last season.

Too Many Drops

Wide receiver Crosby Tuck was disappointed with himself after dropping several passes during the afternoon practice.

Tuck, who missed most of last season with a broken arm, is one of Arkansas' more reliable receivers. He's usually pretty sure-handed, but the redshirt freshman had trouble catching passes during team drills.

"There is not really a good excuse ever for dropping passes, especially some easy ones like I did today," said Tuck, a a Shiloh Christian graduate. "... (I) shouldn't drop passes like that, and hopefully I can come out tomorrow and for the rest of spring practice and improve on that."

Tuck's dropped passes caught Petrino's attention.

"He had kind of a tough time today," Petrino said. "He had a couple of drops, which we don't expect from Crosby because he has very good hands and he can catch the ball."

No More Dial

Weakside linebacker Tim Dial, who was listed on Arkansas' roster earlier this week, has decided to leave the team.

Kevin Trainor, Arkansas' associate athletic director for media relations and communications, confirmed that the redshirt freshman has left the team.

Dial, from Jenks, Okla., wasn't expected to play much of a role on Arkansas' defense this upcoming season.

Guest Appearance

Former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden was among those who watched Friday's practice from the sidelines. The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up spent much of the practice joking with Weber and others.

McFadden, Arkansas' all-time leading rusher, is expected to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft later this month. In the meantime, he has been talking with and working out for NFL teams.

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