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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema was available to the media on Friday afternoon and spoke about the progress the team has made during the first week of spring practice.

"I'm excited to get done with practice number three," Coach Bielema said. "I thought yesterday was a great culmination of a couple days of work. Obviously, the first two practices are limited to helmets only with the NCAA rules, so to get out there in pads yesterday was awesome."

Bielema also addressed the personnel changes on defense.

"I think our kids have been very, very responsive to (defensive coordinator) Robb (Smith)," Coach Bielema said. "I think (defensive backs) Coach Jennings has been a huge hit. If you ask me, probably two or three of the biggest surprises of the spring would be Tevin Mitchel, Carroll Washington and Jared Collins. Those guys have been pretty stout for these first three practices. I'm excited to watch them play."

The Razorbacks will break for the university's Spring Break next week before continuing spring practices leading up to the Red-White Game on April 26. The game will be held in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and broadcast live on CST. Game time is 1 p.m., and admission is free.

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