Arkansas went through its fifth day of preseason practice on Tuesday. It was 93 degrees in Fayetteville with a heat index of 100. Here are some notes and observations from the open portion of practice:
• Fairly active practice today for the Razorbacks’ tight ends group. I did not see Hudson Henry on the field and I did not see Levi Draper, who moved to the position from linebacker over the weekend. Henry has dealt with injuries throughout his brief career at Arkansas, and you hope this isn’t another instance of that. If he is healthy, he is Arkansas’ top dog in the room.
Dominique Johnson, who began training camp as a running back and worked there all throughout the spring, was at tight end Tuesday. At the end of spring, Sam Pittman said he thought Johnson would have to factor in at running back on account of him being one of the few bigger-bodies backs in the group.
Koilan Jackson was on the field with tight ends coach Dowell Loggains and his teammates going through position drills for the first time this preseason. Jackson has had knee injuries pop up during his time here. I thought he looked pretty good cutting and running, though we didn’t get to see him stretch his legs and run full speed. I will say that he, by far, has the quickest feet in the room.
• The Houston Texans, New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals had scouts/reps at practice.
• Right tackle Dalton Wagner was wearing a tan wrap around his lower back. Could be one of the reasons why Marcus Henderson has been getting a good amount of reps at right tackle the last couple of days.
• Wide receivers and defensive backs did their 1-on-1s today. The ball was snapped from the 7. A number of the top plays we saw:
KJ Jefferson threw incomplete for Trey Knox with Montaric Brown in coverage. Jefferson also threw incomplete looking for Jaquayln Crawford against Greg Brooks, who is having a solid camp to this point. Crawford later had a drop in the corner of the end zone against Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan. Lucas Coley put the ball on the money.
Malik Hornsby hit Treylon Burks and Kendall Catalon for scores on his first two throws. Burks beat Simeon Blair and Catalon beat LaDarrius Bishop. Safety Joe Foucha had the only interception during this drill, picking off John Stephen Jones as he looked for Chris Harris, a walk-on.
John David White caught a pass on an out route and dove for the pylon with Jalen Catalon in coverage. Coley hit Warren Thompson for a score, beating Hudson Clark. Landon Rogers found Ketron Jackson for a score with Devin Bush in coverage.
Myles Slusher did a great job breaking up a Kade Renfro pass in the back corner of the end zone intended for Burks. I really like what I’ve seen out of Brooks and Slusher so far. Both guys are tough and play with an edge.
TJ Hammonds had a score from Hornsby, putting his shoulder into the chest of Nathan Parodi near the goalline to create a good bit of separation. Freshman Bryce Stephens also caught a touchdown pass from Renfro after beating Zach Zimos.