Practice Report

First Down: Rediscovering Williams Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams has 14 catches this season. Coach Bobby Petrino said Monday it's a good indication that the on-the-field relationship between the junior and quarterback Ryan Mallett is lagging.

That may be, but Williams wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday: He's not holding any grudges.

"Everybody's trying to make it personal between me and Mallett," Williams said. "It's not like that. It will come around. I know it will."

Arkansas continued to work on getting one of the team's most consistent offensive weapons more involved Tuesday. Williams, who led the team in receptions with 61 in 2008, hasn't caught a ball in two straight games. He is catchless in three total.

But Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said the Razorbacks are serious finding him.

"We tried to make that happen a lot in practice (Tuesday) actually," Petrino said. "In our seven-on-seven, we scripted a lot more plays for D.J. and we've got to try to almost start forcing that a little bit."

Mallett said Williams has been one of his favorite targets, but the connection hasn't shown up on game day. However, he said Arkansas will keep working.

"He's one of our playmakers and that's what we're focusing on — trying to get him the ball," Mallett said.

Two-Minute Drill

• Jerell Norton and David Gordon lined up with the first-team defense at cornerback during Tuesday's practice. Rudell Crim (hip pointer) practiced, but was limited. Ramon Broadway (hamstring) and Andru Stewart (unknown reasons) were not on the practice field during the portion open to the media.

• Paul Petrino said the Razorbacks have started to cut down on practice time, something they typically do at this point in the season. Tuesday's practice was several minutes shorter than usual, but Petrino said the Razorbacks practiced well after the Ole Miss loss.

"Like one of my old buddies said in Montana, if you fight enough you're going to get your butt whipped once in awhile," Petrino said. "But you've got to jump right back up and do it again."

• Receiver Joe Adams (stroke) continued to participate in practice. Arkansas had no news regarding his return, but Bobby Petrino said Adams will visit doctors in Little Rock today.

"He's got a smile on his face, bounce in his step," Paul Petrino said. "When he's running around out there, he looks like the fastest guy on earth."

Inside Scoop: Forgetting the Drop

Receiver Jarius Wright called it a "young mistake."

The sophomore knew he was all alone and would probably score. But when the ball got close to his hands, Wright did exactly what receivers are taught not to do: He lifted his head and started running.

"I just tried to run with the ball before I actually caught it," Wright said. "As soon as I felt it hit my hands I went to turn and run. I ended up throwing it."

Wright's drop on a deep ball could've been the big strike Arkansas needed to get back in Saturday's game. Instead, the receiver said he is putting the dropped pass in the past. So are the rest of the Hogs.

Arkansas dropped several passes against the Rebels and they were costly. But Paul Petrino said he doesn't want his crew lamenting the mistakes any longer.

"Playing receiver is kind of like being a good shooter," Petrino said. "You don't see Michael Jordan quit shooting when he misses a few. Or Kobe (Bryant). So if you drop one you drop one. You've got to come back the next play and play your butt off."

Wright said that's exactly what Arkansas did during Tuesday's practice. He said the receivers won't hinge on the mistakes, but are working on sharpening their fundamentals so costly drops don't happen again.

"I don't feel like I should be making that mistake any more," Wright said. "I feel like it really hurt my team."

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