A few notes after attending Razorback football practice on Saturday morning.
As you might expect, Razorback Fan Day festivities brought out a good crowd to Saturday’s final open practice inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium. We were only able to attend the first hour of practice so make sure and check out the other practice reports linked below. Only 14 more days until kickoff!
After the changes made this week at linebacker for the Hogs, we were watching closely how former safety Anthony “Juice” Leon looked at linebacker. Well…so far…so good. In fact, based on how he looked on Saturday, moving Leon might be THE move of fall camp.
It’s a crash course for Juice at outside linebacker, where he obviously doesn’t know the position well enough yet to “play fast” the way Bobby Petrino wants on every play. But you see flashes…like when he broke cleanly and nearly intercepted Ryan Mallett on the first play of 11-on-11 drills on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Leon gets in the first two non-conference games.
It was good to see defensive end Tenarius Wright back out on the field again. Even though Wright returned to practice earlier this week after dealing with back spasms, Saturday was the first chance we’ve had to see “The Tank” this fall and he looked good. While freshman Chris Smith has an impressive speed rush at defensive end, the veteran Wright looks even quicker and more disruptive. Get ready for more sacks this year, Hog fans.
There seemed to be extra emphasis by the quarterbacks on making the proper pre-snap adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was changing defenses frequently during the early 11-on-11 session. In response, Ryan Mallett was making blocking adjustments and calling audibles as needed. Backup quarterback Tyler Wilson was doing the same, although he seemed to be a bit slower than Mallett at reading the defensive positioning.
Bobby Petrino was preaching one thing over and over to the offensive line on Saturday: “Get up! Get down! Get off!” As in (we think): 1) Break the huddle and get up quickly to the line of scrimmage; 2) Get down into your stance; and 3) Get off when the ball is snapped. Easy to remember, huh?
- Brandon Marcello: Hogs focus on special teams, offense near end zone
- Robbie Neiswanger: Notes and Observations From Saturday’s Practice