Get pumped! One more day ’til a 4-8 Arkansas team plays spring game 3 hours from home!
Honest: I texted SEC Country colleague Trent Shadid on Thursday after my son’s blastball practice, “What time is the game, even, on Saturday?” That’s actually a good thing.
The hype for Chad Morris’ first spring football game at Arkansas is reasonable. But in just more than 24 hours the entire state of Arkansas, and the world of college football, will get an opportunity to see how the Razorbacks look now that Morris has been at the helm for just about five months.
This time Saturday, Interstate 40 is bound to be packed (OK, not packed, more “littered with”) SUVs and pickups sporting Hogs’ flags. They will surely be on their way to Little Rock for the Arkansas spring game. What they see there, though, is anyone’s guess.
Morris said Thursday before the final practice ahead of Saturday how he was going to handle it. The game will be first-team offense versus first-team defense. Offense will score traditionally. Defense will score based off a number of factors, including stops and turnovers. The score won’t, really, matter. And he’s excited. Can’t forget that part. A whole new experience.
We know, too, that defensive linemen McTelvin Agim and Austin Capps won’t be playing. Agim is excused for a funeral. Capps is nursing an injury. Other than that, however, the roster is more or less full go. With the new-old four-man front, and those two out, it will be curious to see how defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coaches John Scott Jr. and Steve Caldwell work the rotations.
Keep an eye out, too, for the rotation at wide receiver. Arkansas has eight guys who could conceivably catch 20-plus balls this year. Not all eight will be in the same season, but the talent is so deep, four or five could reach that mark. The question is which four or five.
Perhaps most importantly, watch the quarterbacks. Morris said he isn’t naming a starter until fall. Ty Storey and Cole Kelley are expected to split the majority of reps. Daulton Hyatt should see some reps as well, the third-string guy can compete for the gig.
Watch. Enjoy. Learn. Forget the score.
Here is how much Arkansas basketball is losing next year
It’s going to be rough out there.
Arkansas basketball in 2018-19 will be without 80 percent of its scoring, 81 percent of its field goal attempts, 65 percent of its rebounds, 90 percent of its assists, 91 percent of its steals and 80 percent of its minutes from 2017-18.
That is ridiculous. Ridiculously high. It was already going to be a more difficult season just with the loss of Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford, Anton Beard, Dustin Thomas and Trey Thompson. Those seniors were going to be gone regardless. Things became more difficult when guard C.J. Jones and forward Darious Hall announced earlier this week they would be transferring.
It leaves Arkansas with a grand total of three scholarship players who have played minutes for Mike Anderson. Even with the return of All-SEC freshman Daniel Gafford, the chances of the Razorbacks making the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons are small. Not imperceptibly small, but it’s quite unlikely. And good luck finding a single soul in the media outside the Natural State that is going to pick them to do it.
But Anderson has proven before he can overachieve. Look at this last season as example No. 1.
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- Now, I don’t follow recruiting like Shadid does, but, man, it sure enough seems like Morris is at least in on more 4-star recruits than his predecessor.
- More to the now, when will Morris land his next 2019 commit? Shadid has an idea.
- Arkansas baseball is back to SEC play. The Diamond Hogs are hosting Auburn for three games starting Friday at Baum Stadium.
Tweets and the like
• Don’t ask the Arkansas baseball account about the weather.
On Deck: Top-15 @SEC Matchup at Baum this weekend!*
*𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘈𝘳𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘴' 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳. 𝘞𝘦'𝘳𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 & 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭. pic.twitter.com/CCkxFWgqNc
— Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 5, 2018
• Fanfest early before the game Saturday.
Join @ArkRazorbacks for the Red & White Spring @RazorbackFB game on Saturday at 1pm. Plus, come check out FanFest for FREE from 9-12:30pm in Lot 5. Bring the family & come have some fun! pic.twitter.com/IKfGvhmg8J
— War Memorial Stadium (@WMStadium) April 5, 2018
• Fun POV video from an Arkansas grad assistant. They’re prowling the southwest side of campus.
— Kelvin Bolden (@_kbolden) April 5, 2018
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