Arkansas went through practice No. 13 of the preseason Friday morning, splitting time in the indoor facility and on the grass field outdoors.
Here are some takeaways from the 20-minute period open to the media:
• Freshman running back AJ Green looked to be full-go. He was not in a green jersey, moving around freely and with good burst. He did not participate in the Fastball Start. Trelon Smith, TJ Hammonds and Ryan Winkel were again not present.
• Center Ricky Stromberg, back in a limited capacity following an MCL injury earlier in camp, was in green again. He was the only present offensive lineman in the no-contact top. Sam Pittman said last weekend that he would be “kind of shocked” if he wasn’t back for this weekend’s scrimmage. We’ll see just how much work, if any, he gets Saturday — two weeks out from Game 1.
• While quarterbacks were finishing warmup drills with Kendal Briles, wide receivers were on the far end of the indoor facility running routes on air. Kenny Guiton, the first-year receivers coach and former Ohio State quarterback, was throwing to them. He’s still got a good arm, and he zipped passes to each player.
• The Razorbacks began the day with their Fastball Start. Here is how depth played out 1-3:
John David White
Jalen St. John
Notes: The best play of the segment from the offense came from Cole, who once he got the ball in his hands on a pitch, made a defender miss with a nice cut up the field for what would have been a 10-plus yard gain. White also caught a pass on a slant from Hornsby after beating Hudson Clark. You’d obviously like to have Smith getting reps at tailback right now, but what his absence is allowing is Sanders to grow more and more comfortable with the top unit. Other plays:
Jefferson took a high snap from Clary and ran for a short gain, Sanders ran twice between the tackles for short gains then Jefferson hit Sanders on a swing pass near the right sideline.
Hornsby kept the ball and ran left for a few yards, completed a pass to Hunt for around 5 yards then checked down to Hunt on the right side of the field.
Coley ran left for a short gain, Buckner ran left for a minimal gain then Coley threw incomplete for Wilson on a deep ball with Zach Zimos in coverage.
Eric Gregory/Taurean Carter
Notes: The third-team defense went with a 4-down front again after the top two units worked a 3-down look. Gerald and Nichols moved up to the first team today, replacing Utsey and Ridgeway, who had consistently been getting first-team reps. Everything else was about as expected.