FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas football team continued practice on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's annual Red-White Spring Game. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith was available to the media after practice and spoke about the status of the Razorback defense.
"In our opinion, when we got started the one thing we wanted to do was develop a more physical mentality," Coach Smith said. "I think our guys have embraced that. We're certainly not where we want to be from that standpoint, but it is an emphasis with our players and they've really worked hard to bring that mentality each and every practice. There are no days off in this league. You've got to be able to line up, buckle the chinstrap and play physical football week in and week out. We're starting to embrace that mentality on the defensive side of the ball."
Coach Smith also talked about his expectations for the Red-White Spring Game.
"It's the first time I've been around them in a gameday situation," Coach Smith said. "We're walking through like we would be in a normal game so we'll see how they react from that standpoint. We want to make sure they've made strides throughout the spring in terms of our technique and knowing the package. The most important thing is that we're swarming the football and that we tackle better. We want to keep developing our ball disruption and going after takeaways as well." The Razorbacks will wrap up their spring practice sessions with the Red-White Spring Game on Saturday. The Red-White Spring 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.