Arkansas hit the field for Day 2 of preseason practice on Saturday. Here are a few notes, takeaways and observations from the 20-plus minute open viewing period:
• Got a good, long look at the offensive line in its work with Cody Kennedy this afternoon. Players definitely know what needs to be corrected or what they did well during a rep, because Kennedy is vocal and consistent with his feedback.
The first-team offensive line, from what I saw, looked like (L–>R) Myron Cunningham, Brady Latham, Ricky Stromberg, Ty Clary and Dalton Wagner. Found it interesting that Latham slid in at left guard to begin the day. He received a lot of praise from Sam Pittman in the preseason in 2020, but Luke Jones was thought to be No. 1 at the position entering camp after a solid spring. Jones still got the second-team reps at left guard.
Second-team offensive line looked to be (L–>R): Jalen St. John, Luke Jones, Shane Clenin, Beaux Limmer and Marcus Henderson. Also should note that Henderson and Wagner kind of split right tackle reps with the first team in position drills. The third team consisted of Drew Vest, Dylan Rathcke, Austin Nix, Ryan Winkel and Ty’kieast Crawford. Pittman monitored the group’s work for at least half the time we were allowed to take in practice.
A little later, Limmer and Clary played right guard and right tackle, respectively, in some deep red zone/inside drill work. It may be the first time I’ve seen Clary get any action on the right end.
• During the inside drill, running back Rocket Sanders bounced one off the left edge and got into the end zone from five yards out. Linebacker Chris “Pooh” Paul filled a gap on one play and made a solid stop that drew some praise from teammates and staff in the area. Also saw John Ridgeway moving some offensive linemen around. I think he’s been as physical as advertised so far.
• Koilan Jackson, who moved to tight end last season but has been hampered with injuries for much of his career, was on the field in a helmet and catching passes from a member of the training staff. He worked a lot in the indoor facility on Friday. Jackson is wearing a brace over his knee and did several knee-strengthening exercises before planting on the knee and running a short route.
It was good to see him out on the field in any capacity, but he appears to be a bit away from getting into the swing of things with his teammates and the tight ends group.
• In some of the 1-on-1s between receivers and defensive backs, which is probably one of my favorite portions of practice to take in, freshman quarterback Lucas Coley completed a nice ball to Jaquayln Crawford along the sideline. Crawford beat Joe Foucha on the play. Landon Rogers, another freshman quarterback, threw a wobbly, underthrown deep ball intended for TJ Hammonds with Jalen Catalon in coverage. Hammonds, I thought, played solid defense on the play to ensure Catalon didn’t come away with a pick.
On Rogers’ next pass, defensive back Myles Slusher made a nice play to force an incompletion. Rogers’ ball was intended for Ketron Jackson.