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Chad Morris is set for his first spring game at Arkansas.

Get pumped! One more day ’til a 4-8 Arkansas team plays spring game 3 hours from home!

Eric Bolin
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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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โ€ข Fanfest early before the game Saturday.

โ€ข Fun POV video from an Arkansas grad assistant. They’re prowling the southwest side of campus.

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