Notes from Wednesday Media Briefings

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema along with coordinators Dan Enos (offense) and Robb Smith (defense) met with the media after the first of two practices Wednesday. Among the big takeaways was a wide-open race for the backup quarterback job. No one has stepped forward through six practices.

“We don’t have a backup quarterback right now,” Enos said. “They are all getting reps. All have had ups and downs. We would have liked to have had some separation. We hope to have that soon.”

Bielema said the offensive line stayed the same for the second straight day with Dan Skipper at left tackle, Hjalte Froholdt at left guard, Frank Ragnow at center, Zach Rogers at right guard and Brian Wallace at right tackle.

“We’ve had Skipper at left tackle for two and a half practices,” Bielema said. “Zach is so dependable at guard. When he’s out there, it’s like having two centers in that both can communicate, know the calls, Zach and Frank.”

Bielema said Texas transfer Jake Raulerson has worked at right guard, center and left guard and is still learning the offense.

Wallace seems to taking hold at right tackle, probably the place he’s most comfortable.

“He’s genetically gifted,” Bielema said. “When he knows who to block, he does a good job. We have to put him where he’s most comfortable.”

Among the highlights has been the development of Hayden Johnson at fullback. A true freshman, Johnson appears to have won the first team job.

“Hayden is going to play and play well,” Bielema said. “He did some great things in inside run blocking against our ones yesterday. He catches it well and is playing well.”