By Robbie Neiswanger
Arkansas News Bureau • firstname.lastname@example.org
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas begins its first preseason camp under coach Bret Bielema when players report today.
What should the Razorbacks expect? Bielema made his intentions clear, posting a motivational poster called the “Arkansas Way” on his Twitter page last week.
“We approach success one detail at a time,” the Arkansas poster read. “Just as every championship is won 1 game at a time, individual games are won 1 play, 1 possession, and 1 quarter at a time. Similarly, practice is won 1 drill at a time and every workout is won with each and every rep; 1 at a time.
“In order to expect championship results, you must first be able to attack any opportunity to improve yourself as if your entire career depends on it. Playing on Sundays does not come without success on Saturdays, and success on Saturdays only comes with victories each and every day of the week.”
The poster was meant as recruiting tool with “#BeUncommon2014” at the bottom of the four-paragraph message. But it is fitting for the Razorbacks who are beginning preseason practices now, meshing the “1-0” theme Bielema has used throughout his career with Arkansas’ goal of winning a championship.
Bielema has said since arriving he plans to lead the Razorbacks to their first SEC title. He said via Twitter the “Arkansas Way” is “simply a path. Not hard to figure out but only the disciplined and consistent can follow!”
“That starts by developing fundamentally sound players and molding mentally strong men,” the Arkansas poster read. “We need men that are willing to work to become the best student athletes they can be. Whether it be in the classroom, in the community, on the practice field, or on gameday, we need men that are willing to win at each and every opportunity they get. 1-0, every time.”
Preseason practice typically means sweltering heat. And with temperatures projected to be in the mid-90s this week, Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said he and the rest of the staff “must be smart.”
He said it’s especially important for the coaches who worked at Wisconsin or other northern schools, where the heat wasn’t typically quite as intense as the south.
“I grew up in Florida, but I’ve been north for 23, 24 years or whatever it is,” Partridge said. “We have coaches that have come down need to be smart about the heat ourselves. We’ve got to be smart and really rely on our athletic trainers and their true medical knowledge about how to handle things and when to pull back.
“We’ve had long conversations. But when the bullets are flying, we’ve got to remember what we talked about in a calm setting. Let’s make the right decisions.”
Body By Herb
Arkansas players have credited strength coach Ben Herbert for getting them prepared for preseason practice with his offseason program. Some of them have used social media to show exactly what they’re talking about.
Offensive guard Brey Cook and fullback Kiero Small were among the Razorbacks to show off their before and after pictures in the past week. Both sets of pictures show the two players – who are shirtless – in January when the winter conditioning began and again last week after completion of the summer program.
Both Cook and Small are noticeably bigger in their after photos.
“Clean eating and hard work #campready,” Small posted on his Twitter page.
Tickets on sale
Single-game tickets for Arkansas’ 2013 home games go on sale this week.
On Monday, all active members of the Razorback Foundation will be able to purchase tickets online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Members must log in by using their eTicket account, according to Arkansas.
On Wednesday, all season ticket holders – in addition to Razorback Foundation members — will be able to purchase tickets online. Online single-game ticket sales then will be open for anyone beginning Thursday.
Single-game tickets will be available for purchase at the Razorback Ticket Center, online, or by calling 800-982-HOGS on Friday. Tickets for the two Little Rock games (Samford and Mississippi State) also can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office beginning Friday.
ARKANSAS FOOTBALL KEY DATES
Today — Razorbacks report for preseason practice
Monday — Preseason practice begins
Aug. 11 — Arkansas media day
Aug. 18 — Arkansas fan day (Bud Walton Arena)
Aug. 23 — Football Kickoff Luncheon (Springdale)
Aug. 31 — Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Razorback Stadium)