Razorbacks begin fall football practice Thursday

One of the most common utterances by any fan of the Razorback football team last year was, “Just wait until next year.”

With a new coach, a new offense, and right after losing three NFL-caliber running backs in Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis, a lot of fans chalked up the 5-7 season to rebuilding, and began hedging their bets for the 2009 season.

“Next year, we’ll have Ryan Mallet.” We said.

“Just wait until these freshman have a chance to learn Petrino’s system.”

“Next year, we’re gonna be much better.”

It’s hard to believe, but “next year” is fast approaching, and in fact, as far as I’m concerned, “next year” becomes “this year” starting today when all 105 of the 2009 Arkansas Razorbacks report to campus. Practice begins tomorrow. Football!

Coach Petrino announced on Monday that all outdoor practices will be open to the public beginning Thursday, August 6th through game week on Friday, Aug. 21.

Practices held inside the Walker Pavilion will not be open to the public due to space constraints.

Practice times are subject to change, but below is the probable practice schedule for this fall. For now, rejoice Razorback fans. It’s officially football season.

Razorback Football Fall Practice Schedule

Thursday, August 63 p.m. (Freshmen) – 6 p.m
4 p.m. (Veterans) – 6 p.m.
Friday, August 73 p.m. (Freshmen) – 6 p.m.
4 p.m. (Veterans) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 83 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 99 a.m. – Noon
Monday, August 109 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 119 a.m. – 11 a.m.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 129 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 13 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, August 149 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 159:45 a.m. – Noon
Monday, August 179 a.m. – 11 a.m.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 189 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 199 a.m. – 11 a.m.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m
Thursday, August 209 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 219 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

The Rules

  1. Fans should sit in designated seating areas
  2. Due to the terrain of the seating areas, no lawn chairs will be allowed
  3. The use of cell phones is prohibited
  4. Any photography or video taping of practice is prohibited with the exception of media outlets during the first 20 minutes of the workouts
  5. Children should not be left unattended at practice
  6. No pets may be brought inside the practice field gates
  7. No autographs will be allowed inside the practice field area