Arkansas’ football team went through its first practice of training camp on Friday. Here are some notes and observations from the first 20 minutes of the workout:
• Players in green no-contact jerseys: Offensive lineman Marcus Henderson and defensive back Jacorrei Turner. Sam Pittman said Wednesday that Turner would begin camp in the green top after suffering a shoulder injury this offseason. Why Henderson is in green is unknown at this time.
• Wide receiver Jaquayln Crawford, a transfer from Oklahoma, was on the field and appeared to be full-go coming off an injury this spring. It was announced in the spring that Crawford broke a leg during spring break and had a rod inserted as a result.
Crawford can bring another speed element to the Razorbacks’ group of receivers when healthy.
• I came away impressed with tight end Trey Knox’s appearance. He is carrying well the weight added since the end of last season, and he looks barrel-chested. Knox looked smooth at tight end and was the clear leader of the group.
• Another tight end who flashed in a short time was freshman Ty Washington. He already looks the part and carries himself well. He did throughout the spring. Catching passes down a sideline from tight ends coach Dowell Loggains, he made a nice one-handed grab, and later fluidly caught an over-the-shoulder ball in the corner of the end zone.
• What I could glean from position group drills. Offensive line (L–>R):
1 – Luke Jones, Brady Latham, Ricky Stromberg, Beaux Limmer, Dalton Wagner
2 — Devon Manuel, Jalen St. John, Josh Street, E’Marion Harris, Ty’Kieast Crawford
No real surprises with the first group on the offensive side. The top three receivers were Jadon Haselwood, Ketron Jackson and Warren Thompson. Knox was at tight end, Rocket Sanders at running back, KJ Jefferson at quarterback.
The second team was led by Malik Hornsby, then AJ Green at tailback, and Matt Landers, Jaedon Wilson and Bryce Stephens. The six receivers listed the names Pittman listed at SEC Media Days last month. Nathan Bax was No. 2 at tight end.
Biggest play of the team segment was from Wilson, who caught a ball from Hornsby roughly 35-40 yards downfield, beating second-team corner LaDarrius Bishop.
• Here is how the top three defenses lined up:
DE: Jashaud Stewart
DT: Isaiah Nichols (wearing No. 33)
DT: Eric Gregory
DE: Zach Williams
LB: Chris Paul Jr.
LB: Bumper Pool
CB: Hudson Clark
CB: Malik Chavis
S: Simeon Blair
S: Jalen Catalon
Nickel: Myles Slusher
DE: Landon Jackson
DT: Terry Hampton
DT: Cameron Ball
DE: Eric Thomas
LB: Jackson Woodard
LB: Jordan Crook
CB: LaDarrius Bishop (wearing No. 11)
CB: Dwight McGlothern
S: Jayden Johnson
S: Latavious Brini
Nickel: Trent Gordon
DE: Dorian Gerald (wearing No. 23)
DT: Marcus Miller
DT: Taylor Lewis
DE: Jordan Domineck
LB: Kaden Henley
LB: Mani Powell
CB: Keuan Parker
CB: Khari Johnson
S: Anthony Brown
S: Zach Zimos
Nickel: Jaylen Lewis