Practice #5 on the books and had good tempo all day. Introduced 3rd packages and will scrimmage first time live on Saturday! #bigboyfootball— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) March 28, 2013
DC Chris Ash said safety Defonta Lowe is not with the team. He wouldn't elaborate on his absence.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) March 28, 2013
Ash: Myke Tavarres has a long way to go to learn the fundamentals he needs at this level. But he's coachable and he works hard.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 28, 2013
Chris Ash: on Sleepy McKinney "We're just trying to evaluate and see where he can help us. Good height, long arms and legs and he can run.— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) March 28, 2013
Ash: "We've gone very slow with our installation." He said it's not about volume this spring, but being good at what is thrown at them.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) March 28, 2013
Ash: The defensive line is probably going to be one of the strongest position groups on the team.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 28, 2013
Ash: I've been very pleased with the safeties... We talk about safeties being the generals of the defense, and they have done that so far.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 28, 2013
Ash on Randy Shannon: "I wanted Randy Shannon because he’s a great teacher. He’s a great coach, great mentor for those young linebackers."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) March 28, 2013
Ash says he emphasizes effort, alignments, and finishing in live tackling situations.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 28, 2013
Ash: The depth chart is a work in progress. It changes everyday... It's about guys that we can trust to be in the right spots consistently.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 28, 2013
Here's the report from UA:
Fayetteville – The University of Arkansas football team continued spring practice Thursday afternoon inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
After practice defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chris Ash spoke with the media about how this week’s practices have been going.
"This week we are getting better," Coach Ash said. "We just finished practice five and I have seen a lot of improvement each day we go out there. We are really stressing daily improvement and I think they are following."
Coach Ash also commented on things that the coaches are really trying to emphasize during the spring season with the defense.
"One, if we are going to get better on defense, it will start with the effort that we play with," Coach Ash said. "Every day we go out there the number one thing that we are trying to coach and critique is the effort. We are also making sure that our alignments are correct and consistent. If we don’t have mental errors and beat ourself we will have a chance to win some more games and be a lot better team on defense."
Practice continues this week with workouts scheduled for Saturday. Arkansas’ spring practices culminate in the Red-White Spring Game, sponsored by Cox, on April 20 at 2 p.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium. Admission to the game is free.