Plans called for two practices Thursday in what was to be the final day of two-a-days in fall camp. That turned out false when Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino canceled the afternoon workout, instead splitting the team into three groups for some community service.
That was after wide receiver Lucas Miller was injured in the morning workout. Miller, coming back from ACL surgery to his knee, went down in the morning workout in Walker Pavilion (heavy thunderstorms kept the Hogs inside) when he dove for a long pass down the middle.
Miller broke his collarbone on the play and will undergo surgery Friday. He is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with the injury.
It was quite an eventful practice, some of it not so good. There were two altercations that broke out during a heated goal line segment that featured several nice stands by both the first and second defense. They did make plenty of stops. There were probably some touchdowns, too.
Ryan Mallett appeared to score on outside runs, but it wasn't altogether clear whether or not the defense was free to make contact on his runs. There were several fumbles on the goal line, some of them on exchanges between Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis.
The first altercation wasn't as big as the second. There was a delay in the goal line work when Wade Grayson and perhaps another offensive lineman continued to spar with Dede Jones after the whistle.
The second was quite an event when well after the play with both units heading back to the huddle Tenarius Wright and DeMarcus Love exchanged words, then came together for quite a sparring session. Other players joined in and tangled, too.
Bobby Petrino then stopped the goal line scrimmage to line up all players on the sideline for a long session of running, perhaps 10-15 minutes. Love and Wright were not allowed to finish the last hour of practice, instead spending time on the sideline doing lifting, situps, pushups, lifting rocks, etc.
There were no interviews after the practice, since on two-a-days they are saved until after the second practice.
There was a fresh running back at practice, 240-pound Garry Grace a freshman from Alphretta, Ga. He was a high school teammate with Elton Ford. He was invited to walk-on and added to the 105 list, apparently to replace Adrian Moore. Moore has not gotten academic clearance and would appear to be a casualty at this point.
Grace was in shorts. He'll have to go through the mandatary two practices in shorts, then two with shoulder pads before he can add full pads, per NCAA rules.
Still missing from practice was running back Broderick Green. The sophomore transfer has missed most of the workouts this week with a stomach virus.
Ray Dominguez, hobbled with an ankle injury for most of the last week, worked without a limp in practice. He was with the first team for most of the workout at weakside tackle, although Grant Freeman did spell him at times. Freeman moved to strongside tackle with the first unit during the second half of the practice with Love working on the sidelines.
As per the usual over the last week, there were long sessions on special teams and several long 11-on-11 sessions to polish the run game, blitz pickups and the passing game.
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