3-And-Out: Wilson Not Impacted By Offensive Line Shuffling, Robinson Happy With Run Defense

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 7:15 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Saturday’s Arkansas football practice …

I. Revolving Door
Tyler Wilson has come to expect center Travis Swanson and guard Alvin Bailey on the field with him when taking first-team snaps. Who mans the other spots on the line is anybody’s guess these days.

Coaches are working a variety of players at the other guard and two tackle positions. Wilson said it hasn’t impacted his comfort level running the offense.

“It’s something I feel OK with,” Wilson said. “We’ve been able to mix and match our offensive linemen. That’s good too. There are a lot of guys that can contribute. I’ve got a lot of confidence in them.”

Wilson thinks adding more quick passing game plays will help the offensive line’s cause.

“We’ll do some things as an offense to take the pressure off of them,” Wilson said. “We’ll be ready to go.”

II. Good News, Bad News
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson saw a lot of deep passes against his defense when watching film from a scrimmage earlier this week. It wasn’t what he wanted to see.

Robinson did, however, like what he saw from the team’s run defense. He calculated that the defense allowed just 2.47 yards per carry on 61 runs by the offense.

Not a bad showing, though not enough to excuse the deep passes they gave up.

“We played the run game real well. It’s physical. We were flying around extremely, extremely well,” Robinson said. “The thing is we can’t give up the long ball as much as we did. … That’s a great start against the run game.”

III. Back In Action
Senior guard Grant Cook was back at practice on Saturday. He didn’t complete Monday’s practice and had been out of action since.

Getting Cook back is a plus because he’s a fifth-year player and has plenty of playing and starting experience. Quarterback Tyler Wilson said Cook also provides leadership in the huddle and on the field.

“He’s a leader," Wilson said. "He’s a guy that gets in the huddle and he’s been around for a while. He knows what to expect. It’s good having that kind of guy in the huddle. He brings a lot to the table.”

Speaking Out
“Me and [Ronnie] Wingo have a lot to prove. Look on Twitter and people are doubting us. So we’re just going to go out there and prove them wrong and show the world that me and Wingo can run the ball.”
— Running back Dennis Johnson on filling in for injured all-SEC running back Knile Davis



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