Razorback Watch

FIRST DOWN: Enough Blame To Go Around Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino caught reporters by surprise Saturday evening when he accepted the blame for a 35-7 loss at third-ranked Alabama.

Petrino said he didn't get his players to believe they could win, but he's not the only one willing to stand up and take responsibility for the lopsided loss.

"We just didn't get it done, that's my fault. We didn't get it done last week, and I take that all on myself," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Tuesday as the team prepared for this week's game against Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. "I didn't do a good enough job of getting them ready during the week, but we're going to be ready to play this week."

Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus was even more heated about who was to blame for the loss, in which Alabama held the Razorbacks' high-powered offense to only 254 yards and one touchdown.

"The offensive line is costing this whole team right now, so we got to stop. (Quarterback Ryan) Mallett's back there, standing there, getting hit every play and that's on us," Petrus said. "It's not one player; it's a reflection of all of us. That's gotta change. That's unacceptable. This crap happened last year. It's gotta stop."

The Razorbacks returned to the practice field Tuesday, and by most accounts, had a solid practice. Petrino said the offense had a good day "all the way around," with the first-team unit having only one incomplete pass during the 7-on-7 portion.

"We got that (loss) out of our system and then (Tuesday) everybody came to work," Arkansas running back Michael Smith said.


• In a sign that Arkansas might be planning to shake up its secondary, backup safety Elton Ford and cornerback Andru Stewart worked with the first-team defense during Tuesday's practice. Stewart took snaps at junior Ramon Broadway's cornerback spot, and Ford replaced sophomore Tramain Thomas at safety.

Broadway has gotten beat on several big plays over the past two games, and Thomas missed a pair of tackles Saturday that allowed third-ranked Alabama to score its first two touchdowns in a 35-7 win.

• Senior London Crawford, who has been sidelined since suffering a broken collarbone in the Sept. 5 season opener against Missouri State, wore a yellow jersey while practicing with the rest of Arkansas' wide receivers. Though progressing, it's uncertain when he'll be able to play in a game.

"He's not cleared yet, but he's running around and he looks good running around," said Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who also coaches the wide receivers. "He's got those fresh legs. He looks fast."

• Petrino said wide receiver Lucas Miller looked more like his old self Tuesday instead of a week ago when he was still trying to come back from a broken collarbone.

"You could tell he wasn't all the way back last week, and he had his best night by far (Tuesday night)," Petrino said.

INSIDE SCOOP: Offensive Line Changes Arkansas coaches have been hoping to get more out of its offensive line this season, and in the wake of Saturday's loss to No. 3 Alabama, change could be coming.

Starting offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was absent from Tuesday's practice for an undisclosed reason. Whether his absence led to the Razorbacks shaking things up or not, freshman Anthony Oden and junior Zhamal Thomas took snaps with Arkansas' first-team offensive line.

Oden started the Alabama game, but backup Ray Dominguez got a considerable amount of work in the one-sided loss. Regardless of which tackle was lined up opposite Love, the Razorbacks got pushed around, gave up three sacks and continued to struggle with their running game.

"We got some young guys in there playing. We got Oden in there playing right now, but he's playing hard," Arkansas offensive guard Petrus said. "We got to eliminate the mental mistakes."

Thomas, at 6-foot-5, 343 pounds, could replace Grant Cook in the starting lineup. The sophomore, who lined up next to Oden at the start of the Alabama game, has been bothered by injuries and inconsistency this season.

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