FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is practicing twice Friday, with the Hogs’ first preseason scrimmage set for Saturday afternoon inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The first practice of the day was for underclassmen only, as the Razorback juniors and seniors were participating in a “Razorbacks at Work” job shadowing initiative.
Some of the Arkansas underclassmen met with reporters between Friday’s two practices. Here is a quick update of what we learned.
Agim is already being treated like an upperclassman
Former five-star prospect McTelvin Agim — one of Arkansas’ most ballyhooed high school signees in years — enrolled early and went through spring practices with the Hogs.
Those 15 spring practices — as well as, obviously, his immense talent — has already separated him from some of the other newcomers. Asked Friday about the value of an underclassmen-only practice, he said he didn’t do much practicing while the juniors and seniors were gone.
“I really just get to watch,” Agim said. “I don’t really get to practice much in these, because I came in January so I’m pretty far ahead. They’re trying to let the other freshman be able to get some more reps. So me being able to watch them and get mental reps has been good for me.”
Agim was ranked as the No. 18 overall prospect nationally in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
What else we learned
- Sophomore cornerback Britto Tutt is mighty confident. Here’s what the junior-college transfer had to say when asked about his relationship with senior Jared Collins: “We play the same side and I like his footwork. If I learn from him … I think I can be one of the top DBs in the nation.”
- Earlier this summer, I wrote about T.J. Hammonds being a total video game nerd, especially when it comes to one particular game involving dinosaurs. Asked Friday how his dinosaurs are doing, he said, “My dinosaurs (laughs) … I don’t know. I haven’t been playing for a while because of fall camp and spending a lot of time on the field and in the meeting rooms. I really don’t have time to be playing video games. That’s something I have to sacrifice for right now until I can get back into it.”
- Freshman running back Devwah Whaley said the hardest adjustment to the college game so far has been the tempo, but that he believes that in another week — and especially after tomorrow’s scrimmage — he will be playing at a quicker pace.
- Freshman linebacker De’jon Harris, who has been mentioned as someone who could contribute immediately on defense, is working with the third team right now as he learns the defense and adjusts to the college game, he said. Harris is currently on all of the special teams units, which is unsurprising considering his size and speed.
- Fullback Hayden Johnson has been perhaps the most talked-about of all the Arkansas freshmen, and might end up playing more than any of the others — at least early in the season. He played defensive line, quarterback, tight end and other positions in high school. “I really love the position,” he said of the fullback spot. “Everything from my past has really led up to me being prepared for this position. I am surprised how much I am getting but I am enjoying it.”
Quote of the day
- T.J. Hammonds, on Hayden Johnson: “Man, that guy is unbelievable. He is a physical guy. He’s got like red marks on his neck and I go, ‘Hey, does that bother you?’ And he goes, ‘No, man. I’m just doing what I have to do.’
“Some people go around thinking it’s hickeys or something like that.”