Practice Report

FIRST DOWN: Mallett Continues To Improve It's no secret Ryan Mallett was shaky the first week of practice. The quarterback would miss easy throws by tossing the ball in the dirt or over a receiver's head. But the sophomore said he never lost confidence.

"If you know me, you know I don't lose my confidence too easy," Mallett said. "I had a rough stretch at the beginning of camp, but then once I got it going and everything started clicking it just kept me ready to go."

Mallett has responded the past week, bouncing back from an erratic start to string together his best stretch. It started with his 29 of 41 performance in last week's scrimmage and continued Wednesday, when he hooked up with a variety of receivers in practice.

Mallett said the change can be attributed to one thing: His footwork.

"The whole thing was with my feet," Mallett said. "My legs weren't under me at the beginning of practice. I've got my legs under me now. ...

"I'm putting the ball on the money."

The Razorbacks have not officially named a starter, but Mallett is working to with the first-team offense while redshirt freshman Tyler Wilson continues to practice with the second team. His play even earned compliments from Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, who said Wednesday he has been impressed with how "coachable" Mallett has been lately.

Petrino said Mallett is paying attention to details and it is paying off.

"Ryan has to have everything in line," Petrino said of his footwork. "If he's stepping off line or stepping inside too much, then his accuracy goes down. But he's really concentrating and really focused."


• WR Greg Childs turned in another impressive day, catching a handful of passes. The most impressive was an acrobatic touchdown grab. Childs has received more work the past few days because of an injury to London Crawford, who returned to practice Wednesday.

"Greg has definitely turned it on," Mallett said. "He knows the system now. So everything is a lot easier for him to pick up. ... He can be a big-time player now. We've got to give him the football."

• Injury Report: OG Kareem Crowell missed practice because of a shoulder injury. S Anthony Leon, WR Marques Wade and DT Alfred Davis worked off the side because of injuries. DT Zach Stadther and CB Rudell Crim suffered injuries during the workout and couldn't finish the practice. Neither player appeared to be seriously injured.

• Petrino said RB Adrian Moore — who transferred from Oklahoma State last spring — is not academically eligible and will transfer. He doesn't know where Moore is headed, but said it would likely be to a Division II school. Moore has not been on the practice field for more than a week.


Petrino confirmed Wednesday that running back Broderick Green has missed the past two practices because of an illness.

He also confirmed something else: He's "scared to death" of the H1N1 virus and is taking precautions to protect against an outbreak.

"We've been doing a nice job of working hard at making sure we understand everyone's health, what their temperatures are," said Petrino, who added that a couple of Razorbacks have been sick.

There's plenty of reason for concern. Petrino referred to a swine flu outbreak at Duke. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, nearly half of the 99 Duke players have been treated for symptoms.

Ole Miss also has canceled its "Meet the Rebels Day" festivities, according to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, because of the threat of flu.

Petrino credited Arkansas' training staff for its work so far and said a number of players have been tested. All of the tests have come back negative, but Petrino said Arkansas will continue to watch it closely.

"It's a big concern of mine and I think will be, especially when school gets started here (next week)," Petrino said.

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