Bret Bielema put some spark into this season’s opener between Arkansas and Auburn.
Bielema reminded the Arkansas fans attending its scrimmage on Saturday not to shoot video of the practice.
He then said: “If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right. Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the (expletive) out of them,” according to the Arkansas News.
Arkansas opens the season at Auburn at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 (SEC Network).
Bielema, entering his second season, is looking for anything to fire up the Razorbacks and their fans after last season’s 3-9 record, which included nine consecutive losses to end the season and going 0-8 in the SEC.
They play seven of the eight SEC teams ranked in the AP’s Preseason Top 25 this fall, including the opener at sixth-ranked Tigers, who apparently are close to naming a starter at quarterback for that game, since Nick Marshall won’t be available at the beginning of it.
Backup QB Jeremy Johnson told AL.com: “If I’m called upon, I’ll be ready. I really don’t feel any pressure. I’ve just got to do what I’ve been coached to do and everything will pan out right.”
Playing mostly against Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina in 2014, Johnson threw for 422 yards and six TDs with two interceptions in 2014.
He thinks Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy, despite not starting the opener.
“He led us to the national championship, and we were 13 seconds away,” Johnson told AL.com. ” And this year he got better at passing, better at running, better at making reads. He’s become a leader on this team, and I’ve never seen him so amped at practice every day the way he is, the way he comes out. So, I know for a fact he’ll win the Heisman.”