FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team continued practice on Thursday in preparation for its season opener on Saturday against Louisiana inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Head coach Bret Bielema spoke to the media after practice about his outlook on the past two days.
"I liked the tempo that they had, especially yesterday," Coach Bielema said. "Today we kind of backed off, went half-pack and went into game rehearse situations both in the kicking game and offense-defense. I thought yesterday, full-padded practice, our last real rodeo where we really grinded and worked, was probably one of our better practices of the year, so that was very, very exciting. I'm excited for Saturday to get here."
Coach Bielema spoke about the anticipated heat on Saturday.
"I don't know if it's going to cause us to play more guys, but it'll definitely force us to play more players early," Coach Bielema said. "We'll meet tomorrow as a staff. We kind of put the process in motion on Wednesday as a group and figured it out who we'd want to rotate in on our second series, depending on how the first one goes, offense-defense, special teams-wise as well. You've got guys that maybe you thought they could handle being an offensive or defensive starter in addition to playing one or two groups on special teams, you know, maybe a kickoff and a punt team. Maybe that's not going to be the case if it's 100-some degrees out there."
Instead of fans yelling during the opponent's third down, it has been proposed that fans start to "woo."
"I hope it works, first off," Coach Bielema said. "Actually, that was suggested to me by a former grad that I think had put some thought into it...I think I've been in so many stadiums that the crowd definitely pays an advantage, and obviously we've got some of the most passionate fans in the world of college football, really in the world of athletics. I'd love to see them having the chance to affect the game because it is a no-huddle offense, so there's a lot of communication at the line of scrimmage. The more difficult we can make it, the better off we'll be."
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be televised by FSN. In addition, the game can be seen online here in areas the game is not available on FSN.
Arkansas Razorback football single-game tickets are now on sale online and can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the two Little Rock games can be purchased at War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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