Practice notes and observations - Oct. 9

Arkansas continued its Kentucky prep Wednesday afternoon outside Walker Pavilion. Here are a few notes from the open viewing window, plus the media session with Chad Morris prior to practice:

  • Earlier this morning on the SEC teleconference, Morris said center Ty Clary would be out of his green, no-contact jersey and full go. Clary continued to wear the green jersey today, as he did yesterday. He has been in concussion protocol since sometime after the Texas A&M game. Senior left tackle Colton Jackson (concussion protocol) was not present at practice today. Morris, who said he wouldn’t have a problem putting Myron Cunningham in his place, was asked about Jackson’s availability should he be able to return by Thursday:

“It all depends on where we are and if we feel he’s confident playing. We’d like for our guys to go through practice as much as possible if we can and get some type of run-through and some type of contact on them. We’re just going to wait and see.”

  • Running back Devwah Whaley was not present on Wednesday. Whaley participated in practice on Tuesday and went through the team period versus the first-team defense. There has been no word on his status, and Morris did not talk about Whaley prior to practice. The senior has run for 148 yards and three touchdowns this season, including one against Texas A&M.

  • Receiver Jordan Jones is “very doubtful” for Saturday’s game, Morris said. Jones (high ankle sprain) was in a green jersey last week and transitioned to a traditional offense jersey Tuesday, but he is not moving around well at all. He was on the field with the receivers, but he did not run routes on air with the rest of the group. I saw him do some light jogging in-between the turf and natural-grass field at this time.

  • Freshman defensive lineman Mataio Soli still has the club on his right hand. There was talk from Chad Morris and John Chavis earlier in the week that he may have that removed at some point before the game. Defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell was the first to say so during the bye week.

  • As running backs and tight ends caught passes out of the backfield from quarterbacks, I saw freshman A’Montae Spivey make a terrific one-handed catch on a badly thrown ball by John Stephen Jones. It was impressive to say the least. You wonder if Whaley is not available on Saturday if Spivey could see the field and attempt to make an impact.

  • Arkansas’ offensive captain this week will be tight end Hayden Johnson, who coaches have nicknamed “The Doctor.” Johnson has not caught a pass this season, but he plays a role on kickoff return, punt return and punt coverage. Barry Lunney has raved about Johnson’s blocking in the running game this season.

  • Morris said he expects freshman quarterback K.J. Jefferson to travel this weekend. He added that he likes to carry young quarterbacks on road trips to expose them to different environments when numbers permit. Arkansas is only allowed to travel 70 players to road games.

  • Treylon Burks and Karch Gardiner worked at punt return during the first period when Arkansas was running through its base special teams alignments.

  • According to Arkansas football’s official Twitter account, the Razorbacks will wear red helmets, white jersey and red pants at Kentucky. This is the first time Arkansas has worn this uniform combination since its 38-3 loss at Auburn last season. It also wore red pants in its home loss to LSU last year.

hate this for Colton, he’s literally never been able to go through a season healthy.

Spivey looked so good on hs film. I’d love to see him play some. Chase Hayden was so dynamic as a frosh, but has not been the same so far since knee injury. we’ve never been able to rely on Hammonds it seems…so far