FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas football team held the first open scrimmage of the spring practice session on Saturday afternoon inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Head coach Bret Bielema was available to media after the scrimmage and spoke about the team's work that afternoon.
"I think going into our first scrimmage obviously I always have concerns about how everybody is going to handle the big moment and handle everything," Coach Bielema said. "I thought we started exactly how we practiced. We worked on first down all we could the first practice. We moved to first down, second down (during) practice number two. Practice number three, we did a little review of everything. This week on Thursday we put on third down, which involved a couple new packages on offense and defense and multiple snap counts, which we had some issues with today. We just practiced that for the first time on Thursday."
Coach Bielema also spoke about positive developments he saw during the scrimmage.
"There's a lot of positives," Coach Bielema said. "I thought we caught the ball as well as we have since I've been here as far as guys just throwing and catching, which goes a long way, these guys that are open and being able to throw the ball and being able to catch and advance it a little bit. I thought there were some nice runs after the catch. Overall, I thought our ball security went fairly well and our defense has been practicing stripping it as hard as possible, so I thought that was a glowing positive. I thought certain guys at certain positions really have made games and showed up again out there today."
Saturday's scrimmage was the sixth of 15 spring practices allotted by the NCAA. The Razorbacks will wrap up their spring practice sessions with the Red-White Game on April 26. The Red-White 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.