FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas held its fifth practice — the first in pull pads — of fall camp Tuesday. The Hogs started outside, then had to move into the indoor facility because of lightning.
Many things to love about today, but best is.. #FullPads practice. Football at its finest moment when we play as those that came before us!
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) August 9, 2016
What we learned
- Today’s starting offensive line was as follows: LT Dan Skipper; LG Hjalte Froholdt; C Frank Ragnow; RG Zach Rogers; RT Brian Wallace. The big change was Skipper switching from the right side of the line to the left side, with redshirt freshman Colton Jackson working as the second-team left tackle.
- Despite being in full pads today, nothing really changed in terms of tackling. When the Hogs were in shoulder pads and helmets, they hit but didn’t take players to the ground, and that stayed the same today. As running back Rawleigh Williams III said, “The only difference between full pads and half pads is knee pads.”
- Speaking of Williams, he continues to be the first running back in drills and team sessions. It certainly appears at this point that he’s the favorite to be the lead ball carrier once the season starts.
- Sophomore Rafe Peavey is still looking pretty clearly like the No. 2 quarterback behind Austin Allen.
- During an open portion of practice when the Razorbacks were working on kickoff returns, senior receiver Dominique Reed was the deep guy, with fellow senior receiver Keon Hatcher in front of him.
- Via the Shreveport Times: Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz announced Tuesday that starting quarterback Ryan Higgins will not start the season opener at Arkansas on Sept. 3. He was arrested for DWI last week. Holtz added, though, that Higgins could still play against Arkansas; he just won’t start.
Quote of the day
- Williams, on if he had any second thoughts about being tackled considering his scary neck injury from last season: “Nah, no second thoughts at all. I’m 100 percent in.”