Bret Bielema Monday updates
The top-paid state employee is Bret Bielema, head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
-Bielema lauded guard Denver Kirkland and tight end AJ Derby for their play against Auburn.
-Arkansas came out of the game "relatively healthy."
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-Bielema said coaches didn't want John Henson attempting field goals longer than about 42 yards Saturday, resulting in two punts inside the 35-yard line.
-Bielema said Arkansas was in a good situation until late in the third quarter at Auburn. "We were knocking on the door," Bielema said. "I'm not going to settle for anything other than the win."
-After watching film, Bielema said the poor tackling was in part a result of several new players playing their first game in a tough environment.
-Despite several drops, Bielema said he isn't worried about the confidence of his receivers. He said he was happy with the unit's blocking, which led to some of the long first half runs.
-Assessing his defense, Bielema said Arkansas' players are continuing to struggle having their eyes in the wrong place on the field and not watching their assignment. He said there were too many missed tackles and too many yards after contact. "We have to make our opponents earn everything they get," Bielema said.
-Bielema said asking Brey Cook to play a complete game is "too much," indicating he will rotate at right tackle moving forward.
-Bielema said he was "beside himself" Saturday night, but the more he watched the film, the more he believes the positives from the game will lead to wins later this year.
-Several freshmen will play more against Nicholls State, Bielema said.
-The secondary began to play hesitant after Auburn hit a couple of passes in the first half, Bielema said. He noted once again that players' eyes weren't in the right place.
-Brandon Allen played well and there were very few teaching moments for him, Bielema said. "He was in control and engaged...," Bielema said.
-Bielema said Nicholls State has won three games against FBS teams since 2004, so he doesn't expect the team will be intimidated at Arkansas.
-Bielema said Arkansas has a "tremendous opportunity" with three consecutive nonconference games before SEC play begins again later this month.
-Bielema confirmed cornerback Will Hines is redshirting this season.