Practice Report

FIRST DOWN Arkansas is counting on Broderick Green to be the big back the Razorbacks' offense sorely missed last season.

But after Arkansas' first full contact practice Monday morning, coach Bobby Petrino said the 248-pound Green didn't look like it. Petrino said he was "upset" with Green after Arkansas' practice. His complaint: the Little Rock native wasn't running tough enough.

"He's got to run with more power," Petrino said. "He's a big man. He's got to lower his body and explode through (defenders) and finish runs."

Green is one of several running backs competing for playing time this preseason. He came to Arkansas last winter after transferring from Southern California and was awarded immediate eligibility by the NCAA on July 30.

And the Razorbacks are hoping he will help solve the short-yardage and goal-line problems that plagued the offense last season.

Green suffered a slight hamstring injury during Sunday's practice, but it didn't keep him off the field. So running backs coach Tim Horton said Green must learn how to play through some pain.

"At this position, at this level and in this league, you're not always going to feel perfect," Horton said. "We just need Broderick to step up and on those days when he's got bumps and bruises and pulls. You've got to fight through that and be the kind of player we know he can be."


• Petrino remains unhappy with the play of quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson. He said both need to "be much better."

"I think they're seeing the rush some and their focus should be downfield," Petrino said. "They've thrown a lot of balls in the last five days. So they're not as accurate as they need to be."

• DE Jake Bequette rejoined the team after missing Sunday's workout with an injury. Damario Ambrose continued to work with the first-team at defensive end, but Bequette participated in contact work.

• Freshman WR Cobi Hamilton got his first chance to return punts, replacing CB Darius Winston in the four-man group. Petrino said he wants Winston to concentrate on his role with the defense after struggling the first four days. He liked what he saw in Hamilton, too.

• Injury report: WR Marques Wade, DE Robert Salinas and RB Brandon Barnett did not participate Monday. Also, RB Adrian Moore missed practice because of an academic issue.


Arkansas linebackers Jerry Franklin and Wendel Davis will likely start side-by-side in the season opener against Missouri State on Sept. 5. But if Monday's practice is any indication, the Razorbacks are serious about making sure the returning starters earn their spots.

Franklin and Davis spent part of practice in an unfamiliar place, working with the second-team defense. Youngsters Bret Smith and Tenarius Wright held the first-team roles ahead of the veterans.

Petrino was asked about the changes after practice. His response?

"We're going to be competitive," Petrino said. "You've got to come out and practice hard every day and do what you're coached to do, run to the football. If not, then the guy behind you is going to move up."

Franklin may have gotten the message, having a hand in plenty of tackles during run drills. On one in particular, Franklin slipped through a crease and tackled running back De'Anthony Curtis in the backfield.

Was it enough to regain his first-team spot today? We'll find out.

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