Razorbacks Two-Minute Drill: Grayson Injured as Arkansas Puts On Pads

by Jimmy Carter  on Friday, Apr. 2, 2010 10:09 pm  

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas' first practice in pads may have produced the Razorbacks' first major injury of the spring when starting offensive guard Wade Grayson was carted off the field after injuring his left leg.

The senior went down during the first team session and needed assistance to get to the sideline, favoring his right leg. Grayson did climb into the cart under his own power, but no update was immediately known on his status.

Redshirt freshman Alvin Bailey replaced Grayson on the first-team offensive line for the remainder of practice.

"If something was wrong, [Bailey] would be all right," Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. "Alvin is a really good offensive lineman. He was in competition for the position anyway."

Bailey practiced with the second team last fall, but graduating senior Mitch Petrus started all 13 games and was never injured, allowing Bailey to redshirt. McGee said the 6-foot-5, 323-pounder would still have to earn the starting job if Grayson were seriously injured.

"It's not like Alvin moves into the slot and Alvin's there," McGee said. "We've got a bunch of linemen that are big and can move around. It's still going to be a competition at every position."

The offense finished its third day of spring inside the Walker Pavilion following a rain-soaked afternoon. McGee said the team's attitude was good, even if its execution was off with the combination of installing new plays and playing in pads for the first time this spring.

"Today was interesting," McGee said. "It's just the way it works when you continue to install offense and the defense is installing defense. You mix them together and add the full pads, add the distraction of going inside and there were mistakes there.

"The attitude is right. This is a different team. These kids are about the right stuff nowadays and I'm pretty pleased with them. We've got to get our execution right, but our attitude's right."

Junior receiver Greg Childs said the Razorbacks had some cobwebs to shake off, playing in full football attire for the first time in three months.

"We're a little rusty right now because we just got our pads on, so we weren't going to have the best day we could," Childs said. "We're installing new plays that we're all trying to get down and learn. With the new plays, we're making more mistakes. We've got to study more and get it down pat."

The Razorbacks will have a half practice, half scrimmage Saturday starting at 10 a.m. McGee said the first scrimmage of the spring bears no extra weight than the Razorbacks' other 13 spring practices, but he does want to see toughness from the offense.

"I'm looking for mental and physical toughness, meaning when they get tired they can still execute our offense and execute their fundamentals," McGee said. "When I evaluated our season last year, that's where we're lacking. Having the ability to snap right back and move on to the next play when things go wrong is going to be important."

 

 

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