Razorback Watch

FIRST DOWN: Adams A Spectator At Practice While Arkansas' wide receivers caught passes early in Tuesday's practice, one of their top playmakers stood a few feet away and watched.

Sophomore Joe Adams, who has been sidelined since having what Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino described as a "mild stroke," attended practice dressed in his No. 3 jersey and shorts.

But he was limited to encouraging his teammates and standing a few yards off the line of scrimmage, mimicking a cornerback when the other wide receivers ran passing routes during position drills.

"His spirits are good. Joe's a great kid," said Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who also coaches the team's wide receivers. "He really cares about his team and about his teammates, and he just likes to be around and helping them out.

"His spirits seem real good, real upbeat, and it's great just to have him out there and be around everybody."

Bobby Petrino said Monday that Adams' condition has improved, though the team is preparing for Saturday's game at top-ranked Florida as if the receiver won't be available.

The 19-year-old must undergo more tests, Bobby Petrino said, but it's uncertain when Adams might be able to play in a game.

"We're just evaluating him every day, and it's kind of a day-to-day thing," Paul Petrino said. "And we'll just re-evaluate him each day."



TWO-MINUTE DRILL

• Arkansas running back Michael Smith (hamstring) and wide receiver Jarius Wright took part in Tuesday's practice. They didn't appear to show any signs of being slowed by the injuries that prevented them from finishing last week's 44-23 win over Auburn.

"They moved around good. It was good to see them out there, good to see them dressed out, and I think it's just a day-to-day thing," Paul Petrino said of Smith and Wright. "But they look good."

Wright appears to have made a quick recovery from the concussion suffered against Auburn. Bobby Petrino said Monday that the sophomore wasn't experiencing any headaches.

"I think anytime you hear that word (concussion), you're not sure anymore," Paul Petrino said. "When I was growing up playing, there was really no sure thing. You got your bell rung and got in there the next play.

"But I just go by what the doctors say, and the guys that are out there (I) coach them up and try to get them as good as they can (be)."

• Arkansas tight end Jim Youngblood was throwing passes with the quarterbacks early in practice. The former Camden Fairview quarterback appears to be playing the role of Florida Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow for the scout team.

• The Razorbacks practiced inside their indoor facility because of rain.



INSIDE SCOOP: Offensive Line Comes Together

Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus likes to speak his mind, and he has been critical of his offensive line in the past.

But the senior had nothing but good things to say Tuesday after the Razorbacks allowed only one sack and opened enough holes for the running game to gain a season-high 221 yards in last week's 44-23 win over Auburn.

"We weren't still sleeping around and waiting till the third quarter to get into the game. We came out ready to go, and we really felt that we could run the ball on ‘em," Petrus said. "We ran the ball good on Texas A&M, so we kind of got our composure back."

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said the offensive line graded out well against Auburn. Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino took it a step further, saying that it was the offensive line's "best day."

"They did a good job. They blocked well, and the receivers blocked well on the perimeter," Paul Petrino said. "... All the way around it was our best blocking day as a group."

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