Like Tuesday, we got to watch about 45 minutes worth of Arkansas’ practice. Here are a few notes and takeaways from that open-viewing window:
• Ketron Jackson walked off the turf field and onto the sideline and was being tended to by a trainer for a blister on one of his feet. Sam Pittman walked over to make sure he was OK. He then asked me how much practice access we had gotten in the past, which was usually around 15-20 minutes. It’s been nice to get to see some team work this week rather than only position drills. “Everybody’s excited about spring ball,” he said.
• Jackson is wearing a brace on his left knee, and Trey Knox had a fairly big wrap over his left thigh. Both guys were full go. Sticking with receivers, Kendall Catalon made a few really nice catches on air from quarterbacks. He got some work in with the 1s, as did Tyson Morris. Jaquayln Crawford has great burst.
• Right in front of me, Arkansas worked special teams and getting on and off the field in an efficient manner. A support staffer was timing the groups each time. George Caratan, Sam Loy and Reid Bauer were lined up at punter, but we didn’t get to see them kick at all.
• The offensive line has been steady to this point. Henderson and Wagner have worked at tackle, Latham and Clary at guard and Stromberg over the ball. Limmer has been working with the second group from what I can tell.
• Something else I noticed that I might try to ask about, whether it’s to players or Pittman, is defensive backs had tape over the upper-outside part of their facemasks, like a blinder. I didn’t see that on the facemasks of players in any other position group.
• KJ Jefferson and Malik Hornsby threw the ball really well again. Both guys completed nearly every pass against air, which is what you want to see. I was impressed with Hornsby’s arm strength when making throws from the right hash to the left sideline. Both guys can spin it and have live arms. Eager to get the chance to see them in some live action.
• Zach Williams was working one of the end spots in the open periods on Tuesday, and today Mataio Soli slid into that spot. Along the D-line, Jalen Williams has a strong lower half and looks powerful. Can’t wait for the guys on both lines to get after each other soon.