3-And-Out: Small Practices With Razorback Linebackers, CBS Has Petrino Mic'd Up

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 8:00 am  

(Photo by Ryan Miller)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Wednesday’s Arkansas football media availability….

I. Mic’d up
Offensive Paul Petrino is one of the more vocal coaches on the Arkansas football staff. He’s also has one of the more, let’s call it, colorful vocabularies.

Those qualities make him both a perfect and risky choice for CBS College Sports to have mic’d up during practice. Petrino spent the final half of practice wearing a lapel microphone during practice as cameras rolled for part of CBS’ seven-part series on the Razorbacks.

Asked if he felt uncomfortable or needed to change things up with the mic on, Petrino drew a laugh.

“I forgot I had it on at times,” Petrino said before adding, “Hopefully there’s a beep.”

Quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t notice any changes. Petrino was himself with cameras rolling.

“He always coaches the way he coaches,” Wilson said. “We’ll see what they put on there.”

II. Small Linebacker
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino understands why defensive coaches want to see Kiero Small at linebacker. He gets why they had the tough, hard-working Small in a white defensive jersey for all of Wednesday’s practice.

“He gives you everything he can every play,” Petrino said. “He’s smart. So for the team it’s great.”

Those same reasons are why Petrino would like to keep Small on offense during 11-on-11 work. Small isn’t a guy you want to be matched up against on the field and Petrino is hopeful by Saturday’s scrimmage the senior will be at fullback fulltime.

Arkansas needs bodies at linebacker, though. So Small is getting a look on defense, a spot he played while in junior college. Top options Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright are out, so talk about Small getting a look at linebacker is now more than talk.

“I’m selfishly wanting him back there on my side of the ball, but we’re doing what’s best for everybody right now,” quarterback Tyler Wilson said. “I think it’s helping out on defense right now with a couple of guys injured. So we’ll get those guys back, maybe get Kiero back in the backfield and maybe knock some more heads.”

III. Johnson Out
Running back Dennis Johnson missed practice on Wednesday with a family matter. Petrino said he didn’t feel comfortable elaborating, but running backs coach Tim Horton posted to his Twitter account that Johnson’s grandmother is in the hospital.

Also missing from practice were Highsmith, Wright and safety Eric Bennett.

Speaking Out
We went back and watched the film last night and today. ... The feedback was, well, obviously it was our first scrimmage, there were a lot of things you need to work on. That’s something we’ve really got focus down on and just get better at.”

—Offensive lineman Brey Cook on critique of the line’s first camp scrimmage.



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