Coaches did not meet with the media after Saturday's practice. Instead, they headed inside to visit with recruits and their family on one of several junior days the football team has hosted this spring. Players met with the media and the buzz was still about an improved defensive effort in Friday's 131-play scrimmage.
"I think everyone thought we had a good day," cornerback Rudell Crim said. "I think what the coaches want it to be about is this."
Crim pointed to a green wrist band sported by defensive players that says "Tap the Hat." Crim said the defense lived by the wrist band in the scrimmage and earned praise from coordinator Willy Robinson afterward.
"We didn't make mistakes. We didn't leave guys open. We played the run and our ratio of touches on passes in the secondary went way up. We had our hands on a lot more passes. I think the elimination of errors and the physical nature of the way we played pleased the coaches. Coach Robinson said he was proud of us afterwards. He said we ran to the ball. We made hits. We did what we were supposed to do in this defense."
Crim pointed to the solid play of the safeties as an example.
"I think we've got the safeties playing great," he said. "They understand the whole concept and responsibility better. This defense is about alignment and recognition. If you get lined up right, it's going to work. When you are in the right position at the right time, you have the potential for playing like it was yesterday. Alignment and assignment is the key.
"We try to have those days everyday, but yesterday we were just in a groove. Right now we are kinda glad we had that because it's late in the spring and we are more on a push. We have to see if we can keep that going, or fall off like we did in the past.
"So right now, our main goal is to make sure we do that every single day. I think yesterday we touched more passes than we might have in the whole spring period."
Safety Elton Ford drew praise from head coach Bobby Petrino after Friday's scrimmage. He said it was one of Ford's better days.
"I thought our safeties all did a better job with our run fits," Petrino said. "The fits in combination with the linebackers was very good. We did a better job with our tackling at safety. Elton Ford stood out. He made tackles at the line of scrimmage."
Ford was happy to get special mention from the head coach.
"I'm in a battle to try to come back up from the second team, to try to get a starting position, so I'm trying to do all I can to catch his eye, so anytime a coach -- any coach -- notices me that's a good thing," Ford said. "I want them to notice me.
"I felt like I made a few plays, a few good hits. I know he likes to hear the pads pop we made that happen. We just have to keep making that happen and things will escalate to greatness.
"I tried to come out and stay positive and have the energy for my defense and play hard.
"We executed the play call. From that, we ran the ball and made plays.
"For the most part, I reacted to the call. Some of the coverages kinda setup for me. Just reading the quarterback and make plays off that as well."
Was it a good day for the defense? Was it more of an even day between offense and defense after the offense has dominated in some scrimamges?
"Oh, yeah, it was," Ford said. "We just try to feed off each other. I think what you see is each side trying to make the other better. We are feeding off of what they do."
Was it one of the better defensive scrimmages in his time at Arkansas?
"Yes, sir, I'd say it was," Ford said. "I think everyone was excited and it was very physical. We were just out there reacting and going from the play call. We were switching up and giving the offense a lot of different looks."
Joe Adams was not at practice Saturday. The junior wideout missed for the second straight day. Defensive end Caleb Evans struggled with a shoulder injury sustained earlier in the spring.