State of the Hogs: Summer

By the time you read this, the media will have gotten a taste of Bobby Petrino’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. We are to be at Walker Pavilion at 7:20 a.m. Friday for our one and only glimpse this summer.
I will be there, but don’t have to see it to know what’s going on there. No doubt, it’s tough and difficult. Players are challenged on a daily basis to get better. It would be safe to assume that if the winter program was brutal, the summer workouts can’t be easy.

Petrino told us during his tour of Razorback Clubs that his philosophy is to find out “who can win when you are tired.” That was the purpose of opening spring ball with grinding workouts on four straight days.
“Attitude under pressure determines if you are special or not special,” Petrino said. “Attitude determines if you are going to have a good day, a bad day or a real bad day.”
Toughness — both mental and physical — are being stressed. Again, I know that even before I head to Walker Pavilion.
Still, I can’t tell you if the lifting and running program at Arkansas is better than others in the SEC. Perhaps they are just staying even with the likes of LSU, Auburn, Alabama and the rest. I can’t imagine that any of those others are taking it easy this summer.

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6/27/08