FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas held its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday. The Hogs are now through two weeks of practices and will return to the practice field for two sessions next week before spring break.
Coach Chad Morris addressed the media following the scrimmage. Here’s the rundown of the highlights from what Morris had to say:
- Morris opens by saying [Saturday] was all about competing. “Somebody was winning and somebody was losing. The biggest thing we wanted to come out with [Saturday] was how our guys responded to that adversity. It was a great starting point for us.”
- Kicker Connor Limpert, Arkansas’ returning starter, made all 7 of his field-goal attempts, Morris points out.
- Arkansas played nearly all of its quarterbacks some on Saturday. Morris says they’ve been up and down. “We are consistently inconsistent at quarterback right now for the most part.”
- Running back T.J. Hammonds has been really good with the ball in his hands, Morris says. However, Morris feels he must get much better in pass protection. “We can’t put him or anybody else in there if pass blocking is going to be a weakness. Teams will exploit that. But he’s doing some great things running the ball and running hard. I’m excited about him.”
- Three tight ends — C.J. O’Grady, Jeremy Patton and Will Gragg — all caught touchdown passes. Morris says those players have performed well, but their condition needs to improve in order to play as fast as they want to. It’s pretty clear the tight ends will be a major part of the offense.
- Wide receiver La’Michael Pettway stood out for his contributions in run blocking. Morris says his blocks helped spring a couple long runs.
- The offensive line is still searching for its best five players. Morris specifically notes Hjalte Froholdt has been the leader they expect him to be, and Brian Wallace has been a pleasant surprise.
- Defensive end Jamario Bell “keeps showing up,” according to Morris. “We’ve just got to keep bringing him along. We need him to come along and be the player he was recruited to be.” Morris says the fresh start has helped Bell. He also points to McTelvin Agim and Randy Ramsey as standout ends he’s been impressed with so far this spring.
- Morris says Ramsey needs to a write defensive coordinator John Chavis a thank-you note for what he is doing with him in the new defense.
- Kamren Curl seems “comfortable” and “at home” as the starting strong safety, Morris says. Curl started at cornerback as a freshman last season and was recently moved to safety. Morris says he keeps showing up and has had two straight great practices.
- Ty Storey was the first quarterback to play Saturday. Morris says that’s mostly a matter of seniority with him being around longer than any of the others. Morris indicates all of the quarterbacks need to start playing faster.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Daulton Hyatt is someone who can use his speed when he gets on the edge, according to Morris. “He’s processing and swimming in some areas, as they all are.”