Razorback Report: This Is It, People – The Spring Game


FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team continued practice on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s annual Red-White Spring Game. Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith was available to the media after practice and spoke about the status of the team’s defense in this Razorback report.

“In our opinion, when we got started the one thing we wanted to do was develop a more physical mentality,” Smith said. “I think our guys have embraced that. We’re certainly not where we want to be from that standpoint, but it is an emphasis with our players and they’ve really worked hard to bring that mentality each and every practice. There are no days off in this league. You’ve got to be able to line up, buckle the chinstrap and play physical football week in and week out. We’re starting to embrace that mentality on the defensive side of the ball.”

Jim Harris discusses what to look for from the Razorbacks in the Spring Game here

Smith also talked about his expectations for the Red-White Spring Game.

“It’s the first time I’ve been around them in a gameday situation,” Smith said. “We’re walking through like we would be in a normal game so we’ll see how they react from that standpoint. We want to make sure they’ve made strides throughout the spring in terms of our technique and knowing the package. The most important thing is that we’re swarming the football and that we tackle better. We want to keep developing our ball disruption and going after takeaways as well.”

There are many events this weekend surrounding Saturday’s culmination of spring practice with the annual Red-White Spring Game. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Admission to the game is free. This year’s game will also be aired in high definition on CST and on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area. It also can be heard on the radio via the Razorback Sports Network or online for RazorVision subscribers. Posters will be given away upon entry to the stadium, and fans can also see the new 2014 uniforms on display outside of Hog Heaven in the South end zone concourse.

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This year’s game will feature offense and defense starters on the Red Team against the rest of the roster on the White Team. In addition to points scored during the course of the game, a kicking exhibition will be held at the end of the first and third quarters for another way to add points.

In conjunction with the Red-White Spring Game, Champions for Kids will host RazorFest in Lot 44 and the East and South Concourses of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. RazorFest, which is also free to the public, includes a fun zone, games, music, mascots, giveaways and an autograph session with many Razorback greats. For more information about RazorFest, please visit www.championsforkids.org.

8 a.m.
The Broyles Center Museum will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for fans.

9 a.m.
The Hog Heaven store located in Bud Walton Arena will open at 9 a.m. Fans who make purchases at Hog Heaven on Saturday can bring the clear checkout bags from Hog Heaven into the stadium.

9:30 a.m.
Tusk scheduled to arrive near Gate 12 at 9:30 a.m.

10 a.m.
Gates 1, 12, 15 and 16 open for Razorfest entry at 10 a.m.

Hog Heaven store in South end zone concourse opens at 10 a.m.

10:50 a.m.
The team is scheduled to arrive for the Hog Walk at the top of Lot 44 at approximately 10:50 a.m.

11 a.m.
The Arkansas volleyball team holds its Red-White Game in Barnhill Arena at 11 a.m. Admission is free, and entry is available via the East entrance off Stadium Drive as well as the South ticket entrance.

11:30 a.m.
Gates 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16 open at 11:30 a.m. for stadium entry. The lower bowl of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be open for seating.

1:05 p.m.
The 2014 Red-White Spring Game begins at 1:05 p.m.

4:05 p.m.
The Arkansas baseball team hosts Auburn in a doubleheader to conclude the team’s three-game series. For tickets, click here.

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Bag Policy
“Except for bags required for child care or medical conditions, all bags, back packs, fanny packs, camera and binocular cases or other similar items and purses larger than 14″ long (side-to-side) x 10″ wide (front to back) x 10″ deep (top to bottom)  are prohibited.  All purses allowed into the stadium will be searched.  Containers measuring 14″ long x 10″ wide x 10″ deep will be placed at each entry to Donald W.  Reynolds Razorback Stadium, shuttle pick up locations and selected parking lots. Purses that do not fit into the container will not be permitted inside the stadium.”

Lot 44, Lot 44G, Lot 59, Lot 67 and a portion of Lot 56 will be restricted parking. All other parking areas near the stadium will be available and first come, first serve. The traditional game day shuttle routes will be available to the general public beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Silver Route shuttles will pick up in Road Hog Park and Baum East lots and drop off at Gates 1 and 8, while the Gold Route will pick up in Lot 56 and drop off at Gates 1, 8, 13 and 16. After the game, the Silver Route will pick up at Gate 1 to go back to Road Hog Park and Baum East for one hour, while the Gold Route will pick up at Gate 16 to return to Lot 56 for one hour. Normal traffic flow will occur during the day before the game, but after the game the regular post-game traffic pattern will be followed with one-way access going South on Razorback Road.

ADA Parking
ADA parking is available on a first come, first serve basis in a designated area in Lot 56, located on the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. (6th Street) and Razorback Road. Overflow ADA parking is available at Baum East. A state-issued license plate or hang tag will be required to enter the designated ADA parking areas in each lot. A shuttle is available from both lots and drops off/picks up at Gates 1 and 8 (both on the west side of the stadium) and Gates 14 and 16 (both on the east side of the stadium). Because of the high demand for the shuttle service from Lot 56 and Baum East, ridership is prioritized by those patrons who have a disability and one caretaker for riders needing additional assistance. There is no fee to ride the shuttle.