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Arkansas Football Spring Practice Report: 4/18

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

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Chris Ash to the media: I don't want to tell you that we're ready to play an SEC game. But we're improving.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325024505800056832">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Red-White set up - ones vs. ones, two vs twos - defense can get points with stops or forcing field goal</p>&mdash; Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dedsports/status/325025114854940674">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: The biggest thing is that we haven't been able to see our kids in front of fans... We want to see how they handle that situation.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325025151701897216">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash on going good-vs-good in the spring game: I wouldn't have it any other way... To me it's the only way you can get better.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325025317607596033">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Braylon Mitchell, Daunte Carr and Jarrett Lake have been the No. 1 linebackers and will be with the first team on Saturday</p>&mdash; Hawgs Illustrated (@HImagazine) <a href="https://twitter.com/HImagazine/status/325024875985137666">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: The three linebackers they have been first-team guys have all never really played. But it is a brand new start for all of them</p>&mdash; Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dedsports/status/325025489347571712">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash on Daunte Carr playing mike linebacker: When you look at the linebackers, we had to put somebody there.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325025701231214592">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: Daunte Carr happen to be the biggest of the linebackers and we looked at him as the best fit with what we wanted to do</p>&mdash; Hawgs Illustrated (@HImagazine) <a href="https://twitter.com/HImagazine/status/325025772169469952">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash on juco early enrollees: Have they improved? Yes. But are they where they need to be? No.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325026413126225920">April 18, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ash: We know who can line up, who can communicate, who puts their face on somebody. Depth is a concern, and how are those 3 LBs going to be?</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/status/325026719713087488">April 18, 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 improvement of the team throughout spring practice.

"From the first day we practiced until day 14, we have made a ton of improvement," Coach Ash said. "We have made a lot of improvement and I am pleased with that. That is the only thing that we can control is our improvement and we have done that."

Coach Ash also talked about playing in front of fans at Saturday's spring game.

"We haven't seen our players with fans out there," Coach Ash said. "We are hoping for a great crowd. We have to give our kids a chance to play in front of a crowd and get juiced up."

Arkansas' spring practices culminate in the Red-White Spring Game, presented by Cox, on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Admission to the game is free.