Lighter and Quicker

Arkansas sophomore defensive tackle Dequinta Jones (6-5, 280) is not as big as last season, but does think his quickness will be a benefit to him in the SEC next season.

It's hard to call a 275-pound defensive linemen light, but that is the way University of Arkansas defensive line Dequinta Jones was being described coming into spring practice.

Since he had played at 305 last season as a true freshmen, his frame was noticeably different.

"I was just working hard to knock a couple of pounds off and instead took off a lot," Jones said. "But I am back at 280 now so it is getting back up there. It's not a big problem and I am working hard every day to get that back up there and be ready to bust my butt to be better on the field this season."

Jones, who had two sacks of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow among his 24 tackles while starting three games, has an idea of what he should play at during the 2010 season.

"I want to play at about 295 at the most, " Jones said. "As of right now I am back up to 280. I know I am a little lighter, but I am also quicker. As I throw my weight back on, mostly through body mass, I think it is all going to pay off pretty good."

Jones, Lavunce Askew (6-3, 290) and Zach Stadther (6-1, 295) give Arkansas three guys who have been running through first-team reps this spring.

"We have got a three defensive lineman rotation working there on the inside and I think that is going to do a great job for our defense to help keep guys fresh and make big plays," Jones said. "I think that is a great thing to have a three-man rotation on the front."

There is also some additional depth in senior Patrick Jones (6-1, 309) and redshirt sophomore Alfred Davis (6-1, 326).

"I think all are going to be big contributors in the middle," Jones said. "I think our hard work is going to pay off."

After having the offense get the best of them in previous scrimmages, the defense made a stand of sorts during last Friday's scrimmage.

"I think we did a great job the last scrimmage," Jones said. "All of the coaches recognized it and told us we did a great job. We are just trying to keep working hard and do all the little things right to be a great defense."

With two practices left and the Red-White on Saturday, Jones is happy with the way the defense has progressed during spring workouts.

"I think we have done a great job overall," Jones said. "All of these practices have been going along pretty good so far. Hopefully in the spring game it will all pay off."

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