Arkansas went through its 12th practice of the preseason on Thursday, splitting time in the indoor facility and the grass field outside. Here are some notes and takeaways from the 20-minute period open to the media:
• Players in green no-contact jerseys: Jalen Catalon, Kevin Compton, JT Towers, Ricky Stromberg and AJ Green. Catalon has been in green three of four days this week. Green was back in the mix after missing three consecutive days.
• Did not see Trelon Smith, TJ Hammonds or Ryan Winkel today. Dalton Wagner was present and ran with the first team at right tackle in the Fastball Start, but he got some extra stretching in with a trainer as the offensive line worked with Cody Kennedy afterward.
Ty’Kieast Crawford, a guy who Sam Pittman said after last weekend’s scrimmage would be in the 2-deep at tackle, bumped up to first team during position drills while Wagner was being tended to. Marcus Henderson backed up Crawford.
• A scout/rep from the Minnesota Vikings was in attendance today. That pushes the number of teams represented during camp to at least 12.
• Here is a look at how the depth shook out 1-3 during the quick start to practice:
John Stephen Jones
De’Vion Warren/Jaquayln Crawford
Jalen St. John
Notes: No need to be alarmed about Treylon Burks and Trey Knox not participating. Jefferson threw incomplete on all three of his attempts. He missed high for Jaquayln Crawford on his first pass then had a deep ball broken up by Simeon Blair. Warren was the target on a slant on the second attempt. Sanders carried once between the tackles for no gain.
Hornsby went 1 for 3, completing a swing pass to Stephens. It would have been blown up by Hudson Clark in a full-contact setting. Trent Gordon broke up a pass intended for Stephens, and a slant for Jackson sailed high. Oglesby carried up the middle on the first play for a short gain.
Jones kept the ball on an RPO once for a short gain, bobbled the ball on the exchange with Green then completed a short pass to the freshman tailback for a modest gain — maybe the biggest of the segment. Green had one rush for a short pickup.
Eric Thomas Jr.
Eric Gregory/Taurean Carter
Notes: Defense looked pretty standard today minus the third-team defense switching to a 4-down look after the top two units went 3-man. No changes of note in the secondary. Edwards was back for the second consecutive day after missing the first two practices of the week. Eric Thomas got some more work with the third team. Jashaud Stewart, who I figured would factor into the rotation at end, has not participated in the Fastball Start the last two days.