FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker coach Randy Shannon met with the media after the football team wrapped up the second of two Friday practices.
“I always tell the guys, every time you step on the football field you have the opportunity to impress the coaches,” Shannon said. “I want them to go out and have fun, execute…, cut down on the mental errors and play the game like you’re supposed to. Play it physical, have fun, but also take control of the game. As a linebacker, you have to be the key of the whole defense. Make sure guys are lined up and bring excitement to the game.”
Shannon also spoke about how impressed he was with his fellow coaches and players.
“I’m having fun,” Shannon said. “I’m enjoying myself, I’m having a great time with the staff we’ve assembled. The head coach is unbelievable and the players are unbelievable. What more could you ask for?”
“We have the best strength coach in the country, we believe that and know that,” Pittman said. “You can see, Brey (Cook) posted something on Twitter where he had before and after and his six month transition was incredible. He’s done a great job with us. Our kids will work and we have a great guy to work for. I think he’s doing a great job there in the weight room.” (You can see the transformations and philosophies of Herbert in our post on the subject here.)
Pittman also spoke to the progress of the offensive line and how they’ve improved throughout camp so far.
“We’re starting to see things a little bit better before they happen,” Pittman said. “I’ve been real pleased with the progress. We had a nice practice today. As long as we keep going forward, we’ll be okay before the time Louisiana comes in.”
Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Charlie Partridge addressed the media about the role of special teams in the upcoming season.
“Our style of football is to do everything we can to not beat ourselves,” Partridge said. “Controlling the clock, playing good defense, all of that goes out the window if your special teams isn’t clean. We’re certainly working hard to teach these guys and emphasize that every single day. We’re doing a lot in terms of teaching special situations and it’s going to be critical for us to have the kind of year we want.”