Ra­zor­backs look­ing to learn from mis­takes from loss to TCU.

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Nate Allen

FAYETTEVILLE - If the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs see their 28-7 loss last Satur­day to TCU in their sleep, it wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing.

They’ve seen it three times in four days awake.

Aside from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it first­hand Satur­day at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium, the Ra­zor­backs of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive units sep­a­rately watched the video Sun­day with of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos and de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Rhoads.

Af­ter Mon­day’s NCAA man­dated day off, they broke it down all over again Tues­day with their po­si­tion coaches dur­ing this open date week.

The kick­ing game, four times dis­as­trous last Satur­day with two missed short-range field goals, an open­ing kick­off hold­ing penalty back to the 10, and a fum­bled kick­off that led to TCU’s sec­ond of two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs, also got dou­bly re­viewed, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said be­fore the Ra­zor­backs prac­ticed Wed­nes­day.

“I wanted to drive through the points that ex­isted on film,” Bielema said.

Bielema said the Hogs need to prove you play like you prac­tice.

“I re­ally need them to un­der­stand this: I don't need Su­per­man to show up on Satur­day,” Bielema said. “I don't need some­one to play at a level higher than they've ever played at. I just need them to play what I've seen them do dur­ing the course of the week, and that will lead to good re­sults.”

One of Bielema’s best prac­tice play­ers, ju­nior place-kicker Cole Hed­lund, “95 per­cent” dur­ing the pre­sea­son prac­tices and prac­tices lead­ing into the TCU game, has lost his first­team job into his first two sea­sons and seems apt to lose it again. Hed­lund missed the 23 and 20-yard field goal at­tempts against TCU, prompt­ing Bielema to say postgame: ‘“The two missed field goals were just em­bar­rass­ing. I’m done with this.”

Hed­lund’s chances aren’t com­pletely fin-

ished Bielema said Wed­nes­day, as Hed­lund and walk-ons Con­nor Lim­pert and Blake Mazza com­pete for the place-kick­ing job when the Ra­zor­backs next play Sept. 23 in their SEC sea­son opener against Texas A&M at the Dal­las Cow­boys’ AT&T Sta­dium in Arlington, Texas.

How­ever, Bielema said he takes into heavy ac­count that Hed­lund’s per­for­mances kick­ing in front of the crowds at games haven’t mea­sured to his prac­tices.

“I said I was done with it, I didn't say I'm done with him," Bielema said Wed­nes­day.

“There's been no big­ger sup­porter of Cole Hed­lund than my­self for three years. I gave him the op­por­tu­nity. Be­cause of the re­sults of what I saw Satur­day, the chances of him be­ing our kicker against A&M are very slim.

"But I will re­serve judg­ment to see what I see the next two weeks to make Blake and Con­nor have the best op­por­tu­ni­ties we can to see where they can be on Satur­day. Cole was re­ally, re­ally pro­duc­tive with prac­tice num­bers and ac­cu­racy and per­cent­ages. But when the crowd is live and it's a live game en­vi­ron­ment, ob­vi­ously those num­bers don't re­flect.”

Bielema and Enos were asked about true fresh­man run­ning back Chase Hay­den, who had 14 car­ries for 120 yards and a touch­down in the sea­son-open­ing 49-7 rout of lower di­vi­sion Florida A&M, but only got one se­ries with two car­ries for one yard against TCU.

“As the game un­folded, I was sur­prised he wasn't in there more,” Bielema said. “I had a con­ver­sa­tion with coach (Reg­gie) Mitchell (the run­ning backs coach) about that. I get it, they were bring­ing some pres­sure and we want to pro­tect the quar­ter­back, and as a young player, that's an area that you've got to gain most. But on the same ac­count, I think he gives us a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity when he's got the ball in his hands.”

Enos said Arkansas only hav­ing the ball for 26:08 fac­tored in Hay­den play­ing third fid­dle, but that Hay­den nonethe­less should have been played more.

“We never got in a rhythm and we didn't have a lot of plays,” Enos said. “David (Wil­liams) got a lit­tle hot there and we kept him in. It (us­ing Hay­den just one se­ries) cer­tainly wasn't by de­sign, but a mis­take on our staff, and we're go­ing to get cor­rected. He will cer­tainly play a lot more in our next game and get more car­ries.”

Bielema said he’s pared his pri­mary wide re­ceivers group to se­nior Jared Cornelius, Jonathan Nance, who caught the 49-yard touch­down from Austin Allen against TCU, red­shirt fresh­man Jor­dan Jones of Smack­over, and third-year sopho­more Deon Ste­wart of Hardy.

In part, that’s to ac­com­mo­date more prac­tice reps for Cornelius, the lead­ing re­turn­ing re­ceiver (32 catches) from last sea­son, but side­lined most of spring drills by a pulled ham­string and nearly all of the pre­sea­son with an in­jured back.

Cornelius’ rusti­ness showed, drop­ping an open pass against TCU, so Bielema and re­ceivers coach Michael Smith will up his reps be­fore the SEC opener.

“He did some things un­char­ac­ter­is­tic on Satur­day,” Bielema said. “But I think now he’s 100 per­cent healthy. I'm very ex­cited to get him be­cause he's our lead dog. If he can do that, he's gonna make us bet­ter.”

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