Q&A with Arkansas writer Neiswanger 

June, 5, 2012
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Each week at TideNation we will speak with a writer who covers one of Alabama's 2012 opponents. Today, we spoke with Arkansas beat writer Robert Neiswanger of the Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media.

[+] EnlargeJohn L. Smith
Beth Hall/US PresswireNew Arkansas head coach John L. Smith will have to get his players meshing quickly for 2012.
How have players reacted thus far to a tumultuous offseason and an unexpected coaching change? And how would you gauge their response to John L. Smith?
Robert Neiswanger: The good news for Arkansas is this team has plenty of veterans. Especially on offense. There’s no doubt the spring has been challenging for everyone, but by all accounts guys like Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis haven’t let it become a distraction. And players really do like John L. Smith. They’re happy to see him back. In fact, defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell told us the players gave Smith a standing ovation when he walked into the team meeting room after being named Arkansas’ coach.
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Austin Ward and Brian Bennett wrap up Sunday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where Cardale Jones was the topic for both teams, particularly the fact that so much of his play is still unknown from his lack of game time.
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