Practice notes and observations - 8/23

Arkansas went through its 15th practice of the preseason on Monday, again splitting time in the indoor facility and on the grass field outdoors. The turf field outdoors has essentially been designated for kickers, punters and specialists.

Here are some notes and observations from the 20-minutes open to the media:

• Players in green no-contact tops: TJ Hammonds, Trelon Smith, Jalen Catalon, Blake Kern, AJ Green, Ty Clary, De’Vion Warren, JT Towers, Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan and Kevin Compton. Kern went through the Fastball Start in a standard offensive top then flipped to green for position drills.

Monday was the first time we had seen Smith and Hammonds since before the first scrimmage of the preseason. Smith was the first-team tailback in the quick start. He ran but did not look full go. It was good to see him running around with the team again.

Ricky Stromberg came out of his green jersey and was in a standard offense top. That is good news.

• Warren was not wearing a brace on his previously injured knee. He tore his ACL in Arkansas’ loss at Florida last season and had been wearing the brace all preseason. Sam Pittman said over the weekend that he is now dealing with a hamstring issue.

• Tre Williams, one of the standouts of camp, I would say, on the defensive side of the ball, came up a bit gimpy after a rep in the Fastball Start. He ran with the first team, as he has much of the last two weeks.

• Here is how the depth shook out 1-3 in the early team work:


KJ Jefferson
Malik Hornsby
John Stephen Jones

Trelon Smith
Raheim Sanders
Dominique Johnson

Blake Kern
Hudson Henry
Nathan Bax

Ketron Jackson
Kendall Catalon
John David White

Jaquayln Crawford
Bryce Stephens
Harper Cole

Tyson Morris
Warren Thompson
Jaedon Wilson

Myron Cunningham
Jalen St. John
Devon Manuel

Brady Latham
Luke Jones
Cole Carson

Ricky Stromberg
Shane Clenin
Austin Nix

Beaux Limmer
Drew Vest
Terry Wells

Dalton Wagner
Ty’Kieast Crawford
Marcus Henderson

Notes: The first-team offense ran Trelon Smith on play No. 1 and he was stopped at the line. KJ Jefferson then completed a play-action pass to Blake Kern in the right flat, then Jefferson had a pass dropped by Smith. Jefferson again targeted Smith on a check down for a decent gain on the left side.

Raheim Sanders had a carry for a short gain to begin the second-team reps, Malik Hornsby then kept twice for short gains then a pass intended for Kendall Catalon was broken up.

Dominique Johnson ran twice up the middle, Harper Cole carried right for a minimal gain then John Stephen Jones threw the ball away facing pressure. White had perhaps the wow moment of the third team’s reps, wiping out linebacker Jackson Woodard with a big block.


Dorian Gerald
Jashaud Stewart
Eric Thomas

Markell Utsey
Isaiah Nichols
Marcus Miller

John Ridgeway
Eric Gregory
Taurean Carter

Tre Williams
Zach Williams
Mataio Soli

Grant Morgan
Andrew Parker
Jackson Woodard

Hayden Henry
Bumper Pool
Deon Edwards

LaDarrius Bishop
Devin Bush
Nick Turner

Montaric Brown
Hudson Clark
Khari Johnson

Greg Brooks
Trent Gordon/Myles Slusher
Jacorrei Turner

Jalen Catalon
Simeon Blair
Malik Chavis

Joe Foucha
Trent Gordon/Myles Slusher
Jayden Johnson

Notes: Devin Bush had one of the top plays for the defense in the Fastball Start. He broke up the Hornsby pass that was intended for Catalon. Bush has consistently run with the second team at corner the last couple of weeks. I think he’s found a home there and has a chance to get some meaningful snaps this season.

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Sorry if I missed it but I do not see Trey Flowers listed here. Injuries or not playing as well as those listed?

Trey Flowers? I assume you mean Trey Knox, he’s out there, just not running with the top units.

Yeah Trey Flowers is still in Detroit.

That Defensive Line is ridiculously deep this season.

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that injury report is starting to look serious, when is the last time we STARTED a season without key injuries?!?


I think they dodged serious injury this camp. Bumps and bruises, yes. Serious injuries, no.

Two more days of knocking it around. Then it’s on to Rice on Thursday.

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What about Burks? I hope he’s not bad. I would rather sit him until 9/11

He will be ok.

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Burks’ has a deep heel bruise, about the only thing to get it better is to rest. He’ll be ready for Rice, unless they decide to hold him out, he played with a broken wrist/arm, and torn ACL in high school in different years, he’s tough.

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Thanks, brain cramp I guess. Surprised to see Knox at this point after spring practice.

It would be very good if one or more of our defensive ends did a “Trey Flowers” and went from a 3-star recruit (that we stole late from GaTech) to an NFL star.

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