Arkansas hit the official start of two-a-days Tuesday morning with a two-hour workout in the stadium. Practice was moved up 30 minutes to avoid as much heat as possible on a scorcher of a day. They'll avoid the heat altogether in the afternoon practice by moving to Walker Pavilion. Because of space limitations that practice will be closed to the public.
Early in the practice, the Hogs did their first live hitting of the fall with one-on-one tackling drills for linebackers and defensive backs. The intensity was high for that session, but later in the workout head coach Bobby Petrino asked for a little more octane during a 11-on-11 session. Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was also into his players for not running to the ball on a consistent basis, a theme the staff seems to be intense about so far in fall camp.
During a 10-minute break midway through practice players could be heard urging their teammates in an effort to pick up the pace. Petrino has praised the leadership of the captains and older players throughout the start of fall camp and in summer interviews. That leadership form seems to be strong.
Offensive tackle Anthony Oden returned to practice Tuesday after missing Monday's workout because of a court appearance. He was arrested this summer. Marquel Wade, freshman wide receiver, returned to practice after sitting out Monday's workout. Freshman tight end Brad Hefley continues to work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff.
The defensive backs seem to be tightening coverage as the camp progresses. There have not been a lot of open receivers deep so quarterbacks Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell continue to work the short routes. Safety Elton Ford deflected one deep route pass and safety Rudell Crim took advantage of another deflection for a pass interception. On the interception, Petrino seemed to find fault with wide receiver Cobi Hamilton's late reaction to the ball.
Tight ends D. J. Williams, Garrett Uekman, Ben Cleveland and Chris Gragg seemed to be the top targets of the quarterbacks Tuesday and all had fine days. Ronnie Wingo and Dennis Johnson appeared to have solid days out of the backfield and were also frequent targets.
Travis Swanson took some snaps with the first team at center. The redshirt freshman received a lot of praise on Monday from line coach Chris Klenakis. Seth Oxner also took snaps with both the first and second unit at center. Wade Grayson appeared to get most of his work at guard. He's also worked at center in camp.
Several true freshman received time in 11-on-11 sessions with the second team. That group included tackle Byran Jones, end Chris Smith along with linebackers Braylon Mitchell and Jarrett Lake. Those four did not log all the time with the twos, just a few selected snaps.
The Hogs worked on kickoffs and kickoff returns. On kickoffs, true freshman Zach Hocker seemed to hold a distance edge on returnee Alex Tejada. Hocker hit several kickoffs about six or seven yards deep into the end zone.
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