They may be a Band of Brothers, but University of Arkansas tailback Broderick Green is tired of seeing his brothers.
He wants to see somebody else's brothers and he'll get to do so Saturday night when Tennessee Tech rolls in for Razorbacks' 2010 season opener.
"I'm so excited," Green said after Tuesday's practice. "We get a chance to face a different team instead of my team – who I have been playing against in the spring, summer and fall camp. Now it is time to go against the other teams. Everybody is ready to hit somebody else."
That's the same sentiment expressed by Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett.
"It's so time," Mallett said. "I can't wait until Saturday."
The Razorbacks went through a closed scrimmage Friday night – one that apparently was a bit uneven according to the coaches.
"It was good," Mallett said. "We did some good things, we did some bad things. We are just trying to work those out and get ready for the first game now."
One of the highlights of the scrimmage was a 99-yard run by Broderick Green, on the same play that he did so last season against Eastern Michigan.
There was also another long run by Knile Davis – giving the backs at least two long scoring plays they had not been providing enough during preseason camp.
"We all really struggled and haven't really been breaking any home runs," Green said. "Coach has just kept preaching to us about separating ourselves and doing things to out-compete one another. We all came out and ran hard and blocked and did our assignments and just had fun."
Mallett said the biggest negative from Tuesday's practice was the pace, something that should get revved up as the week goes along.
"We have got to push the tempo more," Mallett said. "I didn't like our tempo today. It's a Tuesday and we've got four days to get ready. Each day we will get better and better. We are going to just keep working toward Saturday."
Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee noted that all three freshmen wide receivers – Maudrecus Humphrey, Javontee Herndon and Julian Horton – had put themselves in position to play.
They seemingly join defensive tackle Byran Jones, defensive end Chris Smith, cornerback Eric Bennett and kickers Zach Hocker and Eddie Camara as good bets to play as rookies.
"I really like Maudrecus Humphrey," Mallett said. "When he gets the ball, he can make a lot of moves and I am ready to see what he can do in a game."
Mallett has one main goal on Saturday and some specifics on how to get there.
"First of all, we are looking for a win – that's obvious," Mallett said. "What we have to do is get to our technique and play Razorback football. That's what we are doing this week, really getting into our rhythm."
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