Bailey Learning to Excel

Alvin Bailey is a preseason All-SEC selection, but he's toiling on the second team at offensive guard this camp. Why?

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith didn't back down from the question concerning offensive guard Alvin Bailey, an All-SEC preseason pick working on the second team early in fall camp.

"We want to see his summer grades," Smith said at media day Saturday morning. "We want him to be more demanding of himself in the academics.

"We want him to show the other guys that he's going to be here."

Bailey is a fourth-year junior from Broken Arrow, Okla. He's started the last two years at strong guard. He's made several All-SEC teams in the summer. He's been a solid performer against the SEC's best defensive tackles.

But he worked with the second team throughout spring drills and nothing changed in that regard through the first two days of camp.

Smith said because of his ability and experience, more is expected of Bailey than some others.

"He's feeling that," Smith said. "It is a situation where he's may be more talented. He may be asked to do more than some others. He's learning that."

Bailey was invited to the media room on Thursday night. Smith stopped to greet his big offensive guard at the door after the coach finished his visit with the media.

"Are you doing everything perfect?" Smith said.

Bailey responded, "Yes, sir. I am."

Smith replied, "No mistakes, no missed assignments? Are you getting everything right?"

Bailey said, "Yes, sir. That's what I'm doing."

Smith slapped Bailey on the back and headed through the door. Both were smiling.

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