FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Chad Morris addressed the media prior to the Hogs’ practice Thursday.
It is the Razorbacks’ final practice session before the spring game Saturday. Arkansas will begin the game at 1 p.m. CT from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Here are the highlights from what Morris had to say Thursday:
- Arkansas will have an alumni event April 13. It will include a golf tournament and a fish fry. Morris says he’s looking forward to it and has really enjoyed getting to know the former players and coaches.
- Morris says even though the coaches can’t have any contact with recruits Saturday, he’s excited about the ones that are coming to the spring game. He looking forward to the recruits who attend seeing how much support Arkansas’ program has across the whole state.
- Offensively, Morris says going to attempt setting a record for the number of plays you can run in a spring game Saturday. He adds it’ll primarily be the base offense without much of the playbook installed just yet. The staff did not expect to get anywhere near all of the playbook installed this spring.
- Arkansas will have some special teams activity Saturday with kickoffs, punts and field goals. Most of it won’t be fully live, but Morris wants to get all those things on film heading into the summer to see what he has on special teams.
- Morris will meet with parents of the current players after the spring game. “I’m going to meet with them, shake their hand and have them meet my family. That’s important to me. I haven’t had a chance to do that yet.”
- The spring game will being with the first-team offense vs. the first-team defense. “That’s what we’ve done all spring. We’re not going to change that now.”
- The scoring system will award points to the offense in the traditional sense. Points will be awarded to the defense based on stops, defensive touchdowns, turnovers, etc. “We’re putting the score up there just to keep it up there. It’s really just about getting better and this is an opportunity to do that.”
- Arkansas players will have individual meetings with position coaches next week at the conclusion of spring practice. Morris says that will serve as a time to go over what specific areas players need to improve over the summer heading into fall camp.
- Morris says the linebackers have stood out more than any position group on either side of the ball this spring. He also mentions defensive backs Ryan Pulley, Kamren Curl and Santos Ramirez as individuals players who have been exceptional this spring.
- Ideally, Morris says all three incoming offensive linemen signed in the 2018 class will redshirt next season. However, he’s not sure they have enough depth in that unit to be able to do so.
- Defensive lineman McTelvin Agim will not be at the spring game. He has a funeral to attend following the loss of a family member, Morris says.
- Defensive tackle Austin Capps will be with the team, but will not play Saturday. He had surgery just prior to spring practice. He has returned, but has been primarily in a green, non-contact jersey this spring.
- Morris is excited about going to War Memorial Stadium because of the history there and the ability to connect with the entire state as a result of being in Little Rock.
- Offense will wear white and defense red on Saturday. The defense will be on the home sideline.