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Arkansas Razorbacks Fall Camp Practice Report - August 13th

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Coach Bielema spoke to the media following the end of Wednesday's two-a-day. Here's what we learned.

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Injury updates:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Biggest news tonight: Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise has a sprained knee. Bielema is hoping to get Wise back in time for Auburn week.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/499743218582310912">August 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bielema's "pretty sure" Wise will be ready.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Injury updates for Hogs: DE D. Wise (knee bruise) out for several days; S Alan Turner (eye), LB R.Ramsey (oblique), exp. back this week</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/499741271141801985">August 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Still sounds like nothing major so far. /knocks on wood, throws salt over shoulder, ties fingers crossed, decides never to change socks until after season thereby creating "lucky socks".

To open the Razorbacks’ second practice of the day, Arkansas’ kicking team squared off in a field goal competition. Senior John Henson was perfect and closed the competition with a 50-yard field goal.

Bielema on the kicking game: "The kickers have been a highlight, including the punters. Each kicker has been either 3-for-4 or 4-for-4 almost every single day we’ve been practicing. I always like to put them a bit out of their comfort range and they’ve responded. John Henson has been absolutely fantastic in the field goal department and Sam Irwin-Hill has looked good in the kick-off department, which has been a nice surprise for us."

Interesting. If John Henson (who was put on scholarship over the weekend) is going to be the main field goal kicker and Sam Irwin-Hill ends up doing kickoffs, Arkansas could redshirt Cole Hedlund and, at least in theory, postpone the year when they have to spend a scholarship on a new kicker.

Bielema said the team did "pretty good" in two-minute drill, and hope to pump in crowd noise in the next few days.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema: I told our guys we&#39;re where need to be physically. It&#39;s the mental stuff we have to get better at the next week and a half</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/499738788701413376">August 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bielema also spoke again about his quarterback: Brandon Allen has done a really good job in everything we are doing. He has so much confidence, and showed that by trying to gun one into a tight window during the drill. He has been making every throw and has looked really good in every situation we’ve put him in.

"I think there are factors in him building his confidence in the offseason. First, and the most obvious is his arm strength. It’s so much better this year, he is hitting passes this year he wasn’t last year. He has built up physically to make those throws, and now he is mentally confident enough to make it as well. And another reason is Keon Hatcher. He doesn’t hesitate to throw down the field to Keon this season, because he knows that he will be there to make a play for him."

It sounds like Hatcher has had a really strong camp so far. He should be one to look out for in the scrimmage on Saturday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bret Bielema officially announced tonight that R.Fr. Alex Brignoni has been placed on a medical scholarship. Also working as a student asst.</p>&mdash; Danny West (@DannyWest1) <a href="https://twitter.com/DannyWest1/statuses/499742227820601344">August 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bielema also elaborated on Otha Peters. He said Peters was frustrated with his position on the depth chart and they tried him out at fullback Monday morning. Apparently the practice didn't go to Peters' liking and he decided to transfer. Peters tweeted Wednesday night he planned on going to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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