Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino didn’t hide how lucky he felt returning to practice Tuesday, hours after being released from the hospital following a weekend motorcycle crash.
Petrino, speaking for the first time since his Sunday night accident, arrived at Razorback Stadium wearing a neck brace and with multiple scrapes and red spots showing on his nose and face.
The 51-year-old said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County – about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. State law does not require an adult rider wear a helmet, but Petrino said he plans to wear one in the future.
Petrino, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, said he noticed the sun in his eyes moments before the accident. He also said he broke four ribs in his upper chest and cracked the outside of the C-2 vertebra in his back.
“I’m very fortunate,” Petrino said. “I feel very lucky to be here and be in good health.”
Petrino was released from the hospital late Tuesday morning before heading to work for the start of Arkansas’ already scheduled spring practice. He spoke to the media and answered questions briefly before heading to the press box to observe practice, which his doctors cleared him to do.
GEORGIA: The quarterbacks competing for the backup job should Hutson Mason redshirt as planned didn’t get much of a progress report from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo after the first spring scrimmage.
“Nah, he just tells us continue to work, which I like,” redshirt freshman Christian LeMay said. “To me it doesn’t matter who’s ahead, behind, to the side, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to continue to do what I do and be myself and continue to work hard.”
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound LeMay didn’t have an overly impressive line in the scrimmage: 2 of 7 passing for 44 yards and an interception.
“It wasn’t my best day, but that’s one of the things we’re building off of,” LeMay said.
LeMay hit Justin Scott-Wesley on a touchdown pass on a go route.
Of the interception, he said “That was my fault. That’s something we’re working on.”
Mason, a junior, is still working as Georgia’s No. 2 quarterback in practice, but the plan is to redshirt him this season to create some class separation unless quarterback Aaron Murray is injured. That leaves LeMay, walk-on Parker Welch and true freshman early enrollee Faton Bauta to compete for snaps behind Murray.
PITTSBURGH: Linebacker Carl Fleming has been suspended from the team following his arrest on charges including marijuana possession following a traffic stop.
Fleming, who is charged with marijuana possession for a small bag of the drug police say he tried to swallow before resisting arrest.