RazorFest Plans Announced

Felix Jones and Dick Butkus to appear at Arkansas spring game as part of RazorFest activities. Admission still free. The Hogs will conduct their spring game April 18.

The annual press conference to announce RazorFest and the UA spring game celebration was held Wednesday in the Miller Room of the Broyles Center. The spring game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18. RazorFest begins at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, once again.

Among the celebrities who will attend are former Arkansas tailback Felix Jones, now playing for the Dallas Cowboys, and former NFL coach and player Dick Butkus. Butkus is traveling the program preaching to high school athletes about the problems with steroid use in what he calls the "I Play Clean" program.

Rick Schaeffer, speaking for Champions for Kids, said that over 60,000 attended RazorFest last year, with 40,000 staying for the game. He said he is hopeful more stay for the game this year.

Jeff Long, UA director of athletics and vice chancellor, repeated that admission is free. He said donations would be taken for the UA mascot Tusk.

UA head coach Bobby Petrino said he is appreciative of the help provided in RazorFest. He said he wants a game-like atmosphere to show his players what a game is all about.

Petrino said the first half would be game-like with the exception of live kicking. The clock will run in the second half to limit the total number of snaps. But he said the emphasis will be on competition.

As far as the first five days of spring, there was not a lot of news in the press conference. Petrino spoke only briefly. His comments were much the same as in his press conference nine days ago before the start of spring that the team has a "long ways to go" but that this spring they are further ahead of last spring.

"Last year, we were learning new schemes and starting from the beginning," he said. "It was all about just memorizing things in the meeting rooms. Now we are getting to the details. We are learning what the other side of the ball is trying to do. We are much further along."

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