The U.S. Open may not start in Flushing Meadow until August 30th, but anybody wanting to see tennis balls flying just has to show up at a University of Arkansas football practice.
One of the drills that the wide receivers and tight ends have been working on to try and reduce the group's number of dropped passes is catching tennis balls fired at them out of a machine.
It's just another way to get a talented group ready for the season - something they are most certainly not as of yet seeing as how there were a plethora of dropped passes in Sunday morning's workouts.
There were, however, several nice catches in team work, including redshirt freshmen tight end Austin Tate hauling in a pair of touchdown passes and true freshman Garrett Uekman another in team work.
Wideout Greg Childs, fellow former Warren standout and tight end Chris Gragg and all four of the Razorbacks' tailbacks also made plays.
Starting quarterback Ryan Mallett and back-up Tyler Wilson got the signal caller duties during the first workout with redshirt freshman Brandon Mitchell set to run the afternoon practice.
The Razorbacks also spent a portion of Sunday's first of two practices working on their kickoff return team.
That allowed senior Alex Tejada and true freshman Zach Hocker to work on their boots with Tejeda having the edge.
Freshman kicker Eddie Camara did not practice on Sunday morning and will handle the kicking duties in the rookies' afternoon practice from 3:30-5 p.m.
The Razorbacks will have their first full-unit practice Monday at 9 a.m. after splitting up the workouts between the vets and rookies (with a few returnees) the first four days of practice.
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