FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema announced dates for his team’s 2017 spring football schedule — and the Red-White Spring Game — during a Saturday news conference.
The Hogs’ spring schedule will be pushed back a little later than usual. Arkansas will begin practices on Tuesday, March 28 and end with the Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 29.
Before the spring schedule begins, Bielema said his team will go through a full eight weeks of winter conditioning that begins Sunday and runs until late March when the University of Arkansas closes for spring break.
Arkansas will be extra motivated this spring following a disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2016. The Razorbacks blew huge halftime leads in their final two games of the season, losing at Missouri and in the Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech.
It’s still unclear exactly what the Arkansas coaching staff will look like when the team returns to the practice field in March. Defensive coordinator Robb Smith left the staff and was replaced by defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads, but that still leaves one spot open on the coaching staff.
Bielema implied Saturday that more changes to the staff could come after National Signing Day in early February.
In terms of players, the Razorbacks return starting quarterback Austin Allen and running backs Rawleigh Williams III — the SEC’s leading rusher in the 2016 regular season — and Devwah Whaley. The Hogs also return four of their five starting offensive linemen, including standout center Frank Ragnow, who briefly considered leaving school and entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
Defensively, Arkansas must replace several key players like defensive linemen Taiwan Johnson, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Deatrich Wise Jr., and JaMichael Winston; linebacker Brooks Ellis; and cornerback Jared Collins.
Here is a quick glance at the Hogs’ 2017 spring schedule as it stands today.
- Tuesday, March 28
- Thursday, March 30
- Saturday, April 1
- Tuesday, April 4
- Thursday, April 6
- Saturday, April 8
- Tuesday, April 11
- Thursday, April 13
- Saturday, April 15
- Tuesday, April 18
- Thursday, April 20
- Saturday, April 22
- Tuesday, April 25
- Thursday, April 27
Red-White Spring Game
- Date: Saturday, April 29
- Time: TBD
- Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium