Practice notes and observations - Nov. 14

Arkansas stayed inside Walker Pavilion again on Wednesday for its second practice under interim coach Barry Lunney Jr. A few notes from that and a 6-minute interview with him:

  • Sophomore linebacker Bumper Pool was absent from the workout. He was in a yellow non-participation jersey on Tuesday. Asked about Pool’s status, Lunney said he has a “little bit of a regular muscle injury.” The staff thought it would be wise for him to rest and recover during the open date.

  • Lunney was asked how Arkansas’ quarterbacks looked in Tuesday’s practice. He provided some generic coach speak about guys running around and throwing the ball, then added that he has a “pretty clear” idea of what the staff plans to do at the position for the LSU game. He won’t divulge that information, though. Lunney joked and said his son asked him at breakfast Wednesday who the starting quarterback will be.

“It’s not locked,” he added. “It’s not dialed in completely, but we’ll have that more finite on Sunday.”

  • When quarterbacks worked with running backs and tight ends against air, KJ Jefferson and Ben Hicks were the first two in the pecking order. Nick Starkel and John Stephen Jones followed. Jefferson, as he did yesterday, was first up with the first-team offense to begin work against the scout team defense.

  • No change in the offensive line from Tuesday. Lunney gave an update on left guard Kirby Adcock, who remained in green Wednesday. If Arkansas played this week, odds are Adcock would not be available, he said. Adcock has not been ruled out for the LSU game at this point, and Lunney said he will provide another update middle of next week.

  • Arkansas practiced without music again Wednesday. Lunney called it “a small, petty thing,” but felt it worked well Tuesday and increased communication.

  • A reporter also asked Lunney if he had had any conversations with Chad Morris following his firing. Morris called him Sunday and they had a great conversation. Morris encouraged Lunney and they had a heart-to-heart talk, he said, and he was grateful for that.

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FWIW, Morris has reached out to members of the staff and parents.

What would he have to say to parents?

I don’t think Chad Morris should have contacted parents! His son de committed and isn’t coming here so what could he say positive? He also has no business talking to the team.
He needs to go look for a job as a OC or a car salesmen!

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It was all positive.

What a classless post.

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I am pleased that Chad reached out. I am doubly pleased that he waited until he could provide a favorable closure to his time at UA.

I will never forget Mike Anderson’s classy exit “goodbye”. That is how you do it. Of course, his exit was probably less contentuous for HY than was Morris’.