The mood was electric at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville where Saturday’s season opener has been anticipated for eight months now. But the way this off season has gone, it’s felt like an eternity.
If you think the off season was long for fans, just think how the players feel. Fall camp was grueling enough, and Arkansas player got tired of hitting each other day in and day out.
“We’re excited to play someone other than our own teammates,” said Arkansas center Travis Swanson. “This has been anticipated for a long time ever since the Cotton Bowl. So I know we’re all excited.”
Before kickoff Saturday, Head Coach John L. Smith said: “We’re very thankful to be getting into a game, tired of camp. Kids get like this, and coaches get excited about playing their first game.”
Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton said: “After everything that happened… We’re committed to each other,” said wide receiving Cobi Hamilton, referring to former Coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired this spring for not disclosing an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. “We’re going to stick together no matter who’s coaching us. Whoever’s coaching us the players don’t change. That’s what we said at the beginning, and that’s what we’re riding through.”
The last time the Hogs took the field for an actual game was the Cotton Bowl last January against Kansas State.