Practice notes and observations - 8/31

Arkansas went through its second practice of game week on Tuesday, continuing preparations for Rice on Saturday. Here are some notes and observations from the 15-minute portion of the workout open to reporters:

• Players who were in green no-contact tops: TE Blake Kern, DB Zach Zimos, S Jalen Catalon, DB Myles Slusher, DB Kevin Compton and DB Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan. Sam Pittman sounded optimistic that the players in green would be available this week, particularly the top-tier guys.

• Dominique Johnson, who has seen time this month at both running back and tight end, was a tight end with the No. 2 offense in the Fastball Start. But when position drills began, he worked with the tailbacks group. Sticking with that room, Trelon Smith looks like he’s running much better and with greater burst than last week. He has battled turf toe this preseason.

• Hayden Henry, who I did not see at practice on Monday, was back and wearing a standard defense jersey. He did not take part in position drills, though. He is listed as an OR this week with Bumper Pool to start at linebacker alongside Grant Morgan.

• Following the quick-start team work, Pittman got on his offensive line to “finish at the second level.” He stood and watched the group go through position drills for a couple of minutes to make sure his point got across in the players’ work.

• Here is a look at how the depth shook out for the No. 1 and 2 offense and defense in the Fastball Start:


KJ Jefferson
Malik Hornsby

Trelon Smith
Raheim Sanders

No. 1 offense did not use a tight end, instead running with 4 receivers
Dominique Johnson

Kendall Catalon (ran with the 1s and 2)

De’Vion Warren AND Jaquayln Crawford
Bryce Stephens

Tyson Morris
John David White

Myron Cunningham
Jalen St. John

Brady Latham
Luke Jones

Ricky Stromberg
Shane Clenin

Ty Clary
Beaux Limmer

Dalton Wagner
Ty’Kieast Crawford

Notes: Smith carried and got to the edge for what would appear to be a good gain before the play was blown dead. Jefferson threw incomplete over the middle intended for Warren. Jefferson then completed a ball to Morris on the left side for a gain of roughly 15 yards. Trey Knox was present. I would imagine the staff is allowing him to sit for this section of the workout to allow others to get reps.


Zach Williams
Mataio Soli

Markell Utsey
Eric Gregory

Isaiah Nichols
Taurean Carter

Jashaud Stewart
Morgan Hanna

Bumper Pool
Andrew Parker

Grant Morgan
Deon Edwards

LaDarrius Bishop
Devin Bush

Montaric Brown
Hudson Clark

Jalen Catalon
Malik Chavis

Joe Foucha
Simeon Blair

Greg Brooks
Trent Gordon

Notes: Foucha made the best play we saw from the defense in the six-play segment. He broke up a Jefferson pass intended for Warren. Foucha, a New Orleans native, was named a team captain over the weekend, and I believe he could be in for a leap in production in his second year under Barry Odom, who not only leads the defense but the safeties bunch.

The only defensive lineman I didn’t see at practice was John Ridgeway. He is doubtful for the season opener. It also appeared the coaching staff was looking to get some other linemen, like Soli and Stewart, some work in hopes of further improving depth. It was good to see Gordon back on the field. He was not present on Monday.

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