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Arkansas Football Spring Practice Report: 4/11

Defensive Coordinator Chris Ash spoke to the media after Thursday's practice.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/coachchrisash">coachchrisash</a> said today: "It's all starting to come together. I'm happy with where we're at. Long way to go, but the improvement …"</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/status/322493761479376897">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: We are ahead of schedule (conceptually). Now it's about fine-tuning things. The improvement has been outstanding.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/322484197824540672">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: We haven't blitzed a whole lot this spring. We've done a lot better job up front rushing the passer with 4 guys.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/322484409867595776">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash said Arkansas had to slow down installation earlier in the spring. But Hogs are back on schedule. May even be ahead a little bit now.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/status/322483994555977728">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: Depth is a concern... Is there a drop off at certain positions? Yeah, there is.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/322484898013270016">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>more from @<a href="https://twitter.com/coachchrisash">coachchrisash</a>: … "from day 1 to practice 11 has been outstanding." He said LBs have really picked things up last 3-4 practices</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/status/322493908019978240">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash called LB Braylon MItchell the "most improved player" on the defense so far this spring. He said Mitchell is working with first-team.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/status/322484836285681666">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>AJ Turner back on the field. Ash: "He's been cleared to get back out there. He was able to get out there and get some reps, which was good."</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/status/322483542493908993">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: Eric Bennett has had an outstanding spring. When we started practice, I didn't know what we were going to get out if him.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/322483850833973249">April 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Here's the recap from UA:

FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team continued spring practice on Thursday with a workout inside Walker Pavilion.

After practice, defensive coordinator Chris Ash spoke to the media. He talked about the overall progress that the defense has made during spring practice.

"There were a lot of positives shown during the scrimmages," Coach Ash said. "We did some red zone today and the guys have just gotten it. I’m definitely happy with the progress"

Coach Ash also talked about positional improvements, individual performances, and the goals for the defense moving forward.

"We are ahead of schedule," Coach Ash said. "I’m happy about that. Now it is about fine tuning things. There’s still a long way to go, but the improvement has been outstanding. Hopefully we’ll continue to trend upward."

Practice continues this Saturday, and the spring practice period wraps up next week with three workouts. Arkansas' spring practices culminate in the Red-White Spring Game, sponsored by Cox, on April 20 at 2 p.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Admission to the game is free.