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Arkansas will begin practices on Monday with 105 players reporting for the start of the Bobby Petrino era. Quarterback Casey Dick said some newcomers have had standout summers.

Arkansas had 105 players report as expected Sunday afternoon as the Bobby Petrino era begins with the start of fall practice on Monday.

The theme among players Sunday night was "everything is brand new" as they met in the Raymond Miller Room of the Broyles Center for a team meal. The players were reminded by Petrino, beginning his first season as UA head coach, that they would be voting for team captains later in the evening when they would meet in the team room.

Several players were made available to the media, among them senior quarterback Casey Dick, the obvious leader this spring and summer as Petrino introduced a new offense. Dick has been the leader this summer as the team worked in 7-on-7 situations with veterans and newcomers.

Dick told the media Sunday night that the newcomers have worked well this summer and said one of the standouts has obviously been Little Rock freshman Joe Adams. Dick said Joe Adams and Greg Childs have "looked very good" in workouts throughout the summer.

"We are excited and ready to get started," Dick said. "It's going to be fun. It's great to be starting fall camp, hanging out with the guys. I'm ready. We are ready to get started."

What's it going to be like with an expanded playbook?

"It is a bigger playbook," Dick said. "What we know is we have to study, study, study. We've got a bigger playbook, but the main thing is that there are a lot more options at the line of scrimmage. You have to know what those opportunities are and what to do."

Dick was asked if he was excited about the potential for more throwing.

"It's a lot of fun, and exciting," he said. "We've got a lot of great players around me. There is a great offensive line. We've got great tight ends, receivers, backs."

What has taken place in the summer?

"We've made huge strides as a team," Dick said. "We've gotten closer.

"The new guys have come a long way since the first of the summer. We've got some real speed. Joe Adams and Greg Childs are very talented. They've done a great job of coming along and learning the playbook.

"Our team has made a lot of progress this summer. We have become a lot quicker with everything and a lot more crisp."

Coaches did not visit with the media Sunday. No specifics on the players on hand or availability to practice were released Sunday. No injury updates were provided, but linebacker Wendell Davis, who injured his hand earlier this summer in an off-field incident, was not sporting a cast, or any other brace at dinner.

No rosters were released by the UA sports information office, but Kevin Trainor confirmed that the reporting number was 105. Practices begin with newcomers at 3 p.m. Monday with the veterans joining them on the field at 4 p.m. Practices are open to both the media and fans, according to Trainor.

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