OK, really, who is winning this Arkansas quarterback job?
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One of the best things a person can do when it comes to making a decision, they say, is to list all the pros and cons. Take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and one one side write down all the positives of making that decision. On the other side, list all the negatives.
In this case, as it applies to Arkansas football, coach Chad Morris needs two pieces of paper.
Pros and cons of Cole Kelley.
Pros and cons of Ty Storey.
Actually, coach, I’ll save you the work. Let’s do it right here, right now. There is no other place I’d rather be.
First, the likelier candidate, Kelley. He has played before, first of all. He started a handful of games in 2017 while Austin Allen was nursing a knee (read: whole body) injury. Arkansas actually won two of them. That’s half. Granted, those games were against Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss by a grand total of two combined points. But still. Kelley has a cannon for an arm, better than anyone to come through Fayetteville since Ryan Mallett. He also showed he is a competent, if not dangerous, runner and his size makes him a difficult player to bring down.
He also is a bit of a so-called gunslinger. Kelley made more than a few bad decisions last season going through his reads. He can stare down receivers. He can fail to go all the way through the options. Kelley also lacks touch. Not completely, he is an SEC quarterback, but it’s not deft.
Then, there is Storey. He’s older by a couple years and has played in real, live football, too. Garbage time, mostly, admittedly. He was 4-star recruit compared to Kelley’s 3-star status, which suggests either more upside or more right-now ability. No one has ever knocked his intelligence, either. He’s known as a “smart” quarterback, for what that’s worth.
Storey is also known as slow. Snail-like slow. This isn’t necessarily knocking his foot speed when he takes off and runs. It’s more his decision-making. You can almost see the synapse sparking when his brain decides to do something, then watch as it travels to his arms or legs. Molasses. Or it has been in the past. Happy feet, too.
See? Pros. Cons. No one in the SEC is scared of what Arkansas has at quarterback in 2018. Not right now. Give it a spring with Morris, who has coached some good ones at the position, and offensive coordinator (and former Division I quarterback Joe Craddock) and maybe it impresses.
But this thing just seems like it’s going all the way to the fall.
Nothing like beating Texas, eh?
Sure, it was late at night — 9:55 p.m. to be precise — when Arkansas dispatched Texas on Tuesday. But the couple thousand who stuck around past my bedtime at Baum Stadium to watch received a treat.
The Diamond Hogs absolutely curb-stomped their old Southwest Conference rivals, 13-4. Gave those who voted Tuesday for the Longhorns being Arkansas’ biggest rival some joy. More importantly, it showed Arkansas’ bats can come alive against good teams.
At least, for now Texas is a good team. The Horns were ranked last week. Losing three of four to Stanford knocked them out of the poll, but only barely. Still, they’re 9-8 overall. Not exactly becoming.
Regardless, for an Arkansas team that’s been below average against teams in the top 100 RPI-wise, it was a good offensive night.
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- Looking at the big picture, Arkansas has more to worry about this summer with football. Morris and Co. have a big summer planned, though.
- Several weeks back, I wrote how tight ends in Morris’ offense wouldn’t be used as much as they were in Bielema’s. Still true, even if they are a big part of the passing offense right now.
- Speaking of Texas, I posed the question late Monday night and into Tuesday: Who is Arkansas’ biggest rival? Is it the Horns? It is LSU?
- Women’s track assistant Chris Johnson was named 2018 National Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year on Tuesday. He’s in his sixth season as associate head coach for the second-ranked Razorbacks.
- Missed this in Breakfast on Tuesday because of the hour, but Arkansas softball came back to reality after a hot start. The Razorbacks dropped a pair of one-run games to Georgia on Monday. They’re still a team that should be in contention to make the NCAA Tournament.
Tweets and the like
• Football was rooting on its baseball brethren on Twitter on Tuesday night.
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) March 14, 2018
• Dominic Fletcher has a cannon out in center field. Arkansas fans learned that last season. His glove isn’t half bad, either.
— Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) March 14, 2018
• NFL teams are going want to see this. Frank Ragnow was commonly called the best center in college football last year when he was healthy, if not the best offensive lineman, period.
— Frank Ragnow (@KNARFWONGAR) March 14, 2018
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