But don't think offensive coordinator Paul Petrino had any trouble in the first two days of practice. Petrino, who coaches the wideouts, said after Friday's second day of Arkansas football practice it is just fine to spread the work load with big lines as long as it's in practice.
"A lot of times it seems like you have a lot (of players)," Petrino said. "Then you get into camp and a guy gets a ding here and a ding there. With as much throwing as we do in practice it's a good thing. They all get plenty of work and come off the field with a lot of reps. I don't think right now it's a hard thing, but when it comes to game time, that's when they have to start working at who is going to get the time. At practice it's a great thing because a lot of guys get a lot of reps."
The only problem Petrino faces now is making sure senior Lucas Miller isn't wearing down after missing spring with ACL surgery to his left knee.
"We have to be careful with Lucas and not try to do too much," Petrino said. "We are watching him."
Miller said he sat out the team portion of Friday's workout. He cramped Thursday night after the first workout, a practice that probably taxed his conditioning.
"I think the first practice got to me a little bit," Miller said. "I hadn't been through that in a while. It was kinda rough. But my knee feels great. I probably am not trying to use everything I have just yet. I think I have a burst that I probably haven't ever had and I haven't used all of that out here just yet."
There was a twinkle in his eye as he joked about the burst. That's never been his forte. He's more of a route runner and sure man over the middle.
"Lucas is someone we all look up to," wideout London Crawford said. "He was someone who did a good job of leading us, including me, last year when we were kinda down. He picked us all up. I'm trying to help him do that this year. We've got some young ones and we have to help them make it through the workouts. They can be a grind and are pretty tough."
Both Miller and Crawford thought the wideouts improved in the second day.
"I think it was a better day today for all of us," Miller said. "I know it was easier for me. I think we got better. We picked up things a little better today. I think we did what the coaches wanted better today."
Crawford said, "This was better. Quite a bit better. I think we knew what to do a little better. I think the younger guys picked it up better. Those guys have some talent, they do. They have a world of talent."
What did the wideout coach think of the second day of practice?
"I think that [practice] was pretty good," Petrino said. "I think that we improved in the first part of practice. I think that in the individual part we came out and did the things that we tried to work hard on and get better at. Our blitz pick up period was better. I thought we did some nice things as a team."
What are his thoughts about the freshmen wide receivers?
"I think that [the freshmen] are working hard," Petrino said. "It is hard for them the first two days because we go out for an hour with them before everyone else comes out. I actually think that they will show up a little more over the next couple of days because they are out doing drills. They definitely have talent."
There were no major injuries. Defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones missed a few snaps in the team portion of the practice with what appeared to be a sore knee, but he returned quickly. Zhamal Thomas, offensive lineman, had trouble with knee braces, perhaps with blisters or abrasions. But he didn't miss any time.
Paul Petrino was asked if the offense improved after the defense seemed to "get after them" in Thursday's first practice.
"I might disagree with you that the (defense) got after us yesterday," he said. "I thought we had a decent day yesterday. I thought we improved today. It was a good practice. We did pretty well in the early part of practice."
The team stayed late for some conditioning.
"Some of it was conditioning, some of it was just working on some things we didn't get to the first two days," Paul Petrino said. "Just putting things in."
A third straight afternoon practice is scheduled for Saturday. First, the Hogs will conduct media day in the morning with head coach Bobby Petrino scheduled to handle a group interview around 8:15 a.m. Paul Petrino and Willy Robinson will do interviews with the media at lunch time. Practice is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. The only practice Sunday will be at 9 a.m.
The Hogs still haven't worked on the new turf in the stadium. That might come in the cool of the morning on Sunday. Miller and Crawford can hardly wait.
"I think everyone likes it," Miller said. "I do. I think it's a little softer. It's easier on you. I really like it."
Crawford said, "That will be good to get out here in the stadium. We had a 7-on-7 practice without the coaches a week or so back in the summer. You get the same feel on all cuts. And, it doesn't seem to cut your arms up like the other one. I know it's a little softer. I think it will be a good surface for practice."
Lucas Miller hauls in a pass in practice.
Anthony Leon works in an early drill.
QB Brandon Mitchell lets fly.
Punter Briton Forester follows through.
Punter Dillon Breeding stretches his leg.
Cobi Hamilton weaves through a drill.
DeQuinta Jones works on a scoop drill.
Ryan Mallett sets up for a throw.
Tyler Wilson readies to fire.
Photos by Marc Henning