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Hogs Set to Throw Curveballs For New DC Smith

Some Razorback defenders are finding themselves in unusual situations during the team's spring practices.
Media visitors watching Thursday's spring football practice in the University of Arkansas' Walker Pavilion noticed safety Allen Turner charging through the middle of the Hogs' offensive line a few times during eleven on eleven action.

"What's it like battling in there, getting hit by the guards?" Turner was asked following the workout.

"It's a little different," the 201 pound Turner admitted. "I just got to make sure I come in low because they're big guys and if they get ahold of me it can go all wrong."

New defensive coordinator Robb Smith admits he likes to toss in a few curveballs from time to time when it comes to pressuring opposing quarterbacks and running backs. Smith was asked about the presence of safeties like Turner in areas of the defense normally populated by linebackers.

"We like to mix it up," Smith responded. "If we can do some things to dictate to the offense by what we do with our personnel, hopefully it'll give us a little bit of an advantage."

Smith has also adjusted the focus of the Hogs' linebackers from last season's emphasis on alignment and gap responsibility.

"He's given us more freedom to run around and make plays," junior Otha Peters told the Razorback Nation. "He really tells us to just fly around and be physical and if you do those two things you should be good to go."

Arkansas' cornerbacks held their own in a spirited session against the quarterbacks and receivers. "I think the most important thing is our guys are competing," Smith stressed. "You're going to win some reps. You're going to lose some other ones but I like our attitude at this point in time."

On Saturday Razorback fans have a chance to see the team in action for the first time this spring during an 11:45 am scrimmage at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"I want to see how our guys react. We're going to play football a little bit," Smith said of the upcoming scrimmage. "We'll see where they are from a football I.Q. standpoint."

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