Bret Bielema had to be reminded where he was for lunch today (Kickoff Luncheon), and fought back yawning several times. Looked exhausted.— Scottie Bordelon (@ScottieKnows_) August 24, 2013
Bret Bielema: Just finished up fall camp. We're giving the guys tomorrow off. It's been a Bielema tradition. No new injuries last few days— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) August 23, 2013
Did Arkansas have injury issues in camp with 4 guys down for extended time? Bret Bielema: "It really wasn't that bad."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 23, 2013
Bielema: What we did was a pretty extensive mock game. Started with meeting in old facility, out to field for mock game— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) August 23, 2013
OC Jim Chaney, TE coach Barry Lunney, Jr., DC Chris Ash and several GAs upstairs in the coaches box during game— Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) August 23, 2013
Offensive lineman Reeve Kohler is going to redshirt this season. Bret Bielema said he dislocated his kneecap two weeks ago.— Matt Jones (@NWAMatt) August 23, 2013
Bielema said there were plans for a third live scrimmage in camp that would've been open. But the team was "too banged up" to do it— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) August 23, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team wrapped up its final day of preseason camp on Friday, first hosting its fifth annual Arkansas Razorback Football Kickoff Luncheon and then following later in the day with practice.
A sellout crowd of nearly 1,100 greeted Head Coach Bret Bielema, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and the Razorback football team and staff at noon Friday in the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. ESPN analyst and Arkansas graduate Jimmy Dykes emceed the event, as fans in attendance had the opportunity to meet and interact with Arkansas football personnel and student-athletes.
Coach Bielema spoke at the event and shared his impressions of the Razorbacks, as the team closes in on kickoff against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Aug. 31.
"Why I know that we'll have success is because of the guys sitting at your tables," Coach Bielema said of his players. "The guys that are sitting at your tables have carried themselves in a championship manner. They give me a great indication that once we get to playing football everything is going to be alright."
@BretBielema also shared his excitement over the growth and work that the team has displayed thus far in preseason camp.
"I guarantee you this, there isn't one person that is going to go out and practice this afternoon that has gotten worse since we've been here," Coach Bielema said. "Everybody continues to take steps forward. Some guys have taken huge steps forward."
The University of Arkansas and the entire Razorback football staff thanked all those that attended the event and their continued support of both the university and athletic program.
Coach Bielema also spoke with the media Friday afternoon following practice and summarized his parting thoughts about the Razorbacks after enduring preseason camp.
"I never had to get on these kids about their intensity (or) their attitude," Coach Bielema said. "Now, taking it to game series, there have been times in the past as a head coach where I'm like, 'Are they into it? Are they engaged?' There is no question about this group."