This story trips my bullshit detector.
The Arkansas safety was accustomed to serving as a defense in name only during the skeleton scrimmage portion of practice, a time when the offense had its way under former coach Bobby Petrino.
Then one night during an early August practice, Rasner’s instincts took over and he knocked the ball away from a receiver. Afterward, he paused and waited for criticism he said he had become used to in his three seasons under Petrino.
All he heard were cheers.
Is Petrino an offensive-minded coach. Yeah. Was he more focused on that side of the ball in practice? No doubt. Were there exercises in practice to work on timing and patterns that didn’t require disruption by defensive players? I’m sure there were. Was there constant criticism of defensive players for playing defense? Schwiingg! There goes the bullshit-o-meter.
But, hey, if that’s what he wants to believe, so be it. All I know is that Petrino must have done something right. And if the Hogs want to depart from that…
“The defensive guys aren’t afraid to make plays out there, where in the past you might lay off a receiver and not break up a pass because …” Rasner said, trailing off. “We were an offensive-minded team, there’s no doubt about that, but with coach Smith coming in … he’s a defensive coach, so there’s a definite change already.”