FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas held another spring scrimmage Wednesday evening. It was the final scrimmage before the spring game April 7 in Little Rock.
Following the two-hour scrimmage session, coach Chad Morris addressed the media. Here’s the rundown of highlights from what he had to say:
- It rained nearly the entire scrimmage. Morris said he was really disappointed it wasn’t raining harder. “I was really hoping for a downpour to see how our guys responded. There was absolutely no way we were going indoors.”
- There were some minor scraps between players during the scrimmage. Morris says he loved to see that. “When we’re on that field, it’s iron sharpening iron. At the end of the day, we all come back together and we’re Razorbacks.”
- The defense was the better side of the ball during the scrimmage. Morris says the staff is really pleased with where they are on that side of the ball.
- Quarterback Cole Kelley — Arkansas starter in four games last season — has had three really straight really good practices, Morris says. He is locked in a battle with Ty Storey for the starting spot. Storey got most of the time with the first team Wednesday.
- McTelvin Agim played a lot of nose tackle Wednesday. He had been playing end previously this spring. Morris says they are looking at him more on the interior defense line because Gabe Richardson has really come on at end. Morris feels he can play Agim at either end or tackle.
- The aggressiveness on defense is standing out to Morris. He mentions linebackers Dre Greenlaw and De’Jon Harris leading the way. He also says Randy Ramsey is becoming a force as a rush-end. “He’s got the total package.”
- Morris says Kamren Curl really looks at home playing safety. Curls started 11 games at cornerback last season and was moved at the beginning of the spring.
- Running back T.J. Hammonds has gotten a lot better with his pass protection over the past few practices. That is the main key to his development at this point. Morris also brags on Chase Hayden and Devwah Whaley. “We’re pleased with what we have at running back,” Morris said.
- Tight end Jeremy Patton did not practice due to what Morris called a “stinger” he sustained Monday. Wide receiver Brandon Martin was also out with a foot sprain.
- Morris says they need 15 or 16 scholarship offensive line and only have 10 right now. That is requiring them to put some offensive linemen at positions they wouldn’t otherwise play, such as Shane Clenin working with the second team at tackle. Arkansas will bolster that group through recruiting going forward.
- With Arkansas’ spring game being in Little Rock, the coaching staff will not be able to personally meet with recruits in attendance or have them on the sideline. Morris says he hopes a packed stadium and the passion from fans will help sell the programs to recruits who do attend. But those recruits will simply be there amongst other fans.
- The spring game will be first-team defense against the first-team offense. Morris says he hasn’t yet ironed out the specifics of the scoring system. He will limit some players by design because he already knows where they are on how much they can contribute in the fall. He wants to give a lot of the young guys a chance to show what they can do.
- Morris says close to 850 high school coaches have been on campus this spring. “We welcome them every day. We opened our doors and say, ‘Come one, we’re going to talk ball.’ We’ve got some that come back every day and some that are coming once a week.”
- Morris will not name a starting quarterback this spring. He anticipates not doing so until fall camp. He says Storey started out well while Kelley started slow, but that it’s a wash at this point.