The good news that started to leak Sunday night through players' twitter accounts was that Bielema awarded scholarships to four walk-on players. Fullback Patrick Arinze, linebacker Austin Jones, safety Price Holmes, and tight end Alex Voelzke are now officially scholarship Razorbacks.
It's always a very cool thing when a walk-on earns a scholarship. Arinze and Jones, in particular, are likely to see significant playing time this fall. Jones is projected to be a starting linebacker and Arinze, who became a fan favorite after an impressive spring game, is Kiero Small's backup at fullback.
FB Patrick Arinze: "It was just a blessing the coaches saw enough in me, Voelzke, Holmes and Jones to invest in us for the long term."— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) August 20, 2013
WR coach Michael Smith on Demetrius Wilson's knee injury last week: "It was extremely tough. You feel so bad for Demetrius."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2013
More from Smith: "But I try to teach these guys that the next guy in line has to be ready." Mentioned Cowans, Hawkins, Morgan and Hartfield.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2013
And apparently, linebacker Martrell Spaight is making a name for himself due to some pretty violent hits to the point that Bielema joked last weekend they might have to put a green jersey on him.
Couple of defensive personnel notes: DC Chris Ash said Brooks Ellis has gone back to MLB. He's working with the 2s behind Austin Jones.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2013
Ash also said redshirt freshman Brandon Lewis has emerged as the No. 3 defensive end behind Chris Smith and Trey Flowers.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2013
Also, Daunte Carr has gone over to one of the OLB positions. Carr had been working at MLB. So the shuffling continues at linebacker.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE – The third week of preseason practice continued as the University of Arkansas football team met Tuesday morning. Defensive coordinator Chris Ash spoke with the media after practice about the team’s recent scrimmage.
"We started off slow but then settled down and finished strong,” Coach Ash said. "It was the second scrimmage in a row that our ones didn’t give up a touchdown. I thought our tackling was better overall, guys were flying to the ball pretty good. At the end of the day, I was pleased with our ones and the progress they’ve made."
Coach Ash also addressed Chris Smith and his development as a leader on the field.
“He’s been a great leader, not just on the defensive line but the whole defense in general,” Coach Ash said. “He comes to work every day with a great attitude, he’s very enthusiastic. When the ball is snapped he only knows one way to go and that’s full speed. Everyone usually feeds off of that. He’s a playmaker and has been a great leader for the whole defense, d-line and, really, the football team.”
When asked about the ‘dog days of summer’, Coach Ash had some thoughts about heading into the season.
“As coaches, we are ready to transition into the game prep,” Coach Ash said. “I think the players are tired of hitting each other and are ready to transition. Every year I’ve ever been a coach it’s been the same at this point. It gets to be a grind. We’ve got to keep pushing them through, keep being positive and keep working to get them better and to where we need to be.”
FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team continued its third week of preseason camp Monday evening, concluding its second practice on the day and final two-a-day of preseason camp.
Associate head coach and offensive line coach Sam Pittman met with the media after practice and gave his reaction to head coach Bret Bielema saying that the offensive line unit was the team's most improved position group since spring practice.
"Obviously I feel good if your head coach thinks that your group has improved the most," Coach Pittman said. "I think the biggest thing about it is that we have a long way to go. I know that's a coach's cliche and all, but we really do. We have a long way to go and a short time to get there. We'll get there because our kids work. We've got enough talent."
Wide receivers coach Michael Smith also met with the media after practice, as he discussed freshman receiver Drew Morgan stepping up last Saturday during the team's second scrimmage of camp.
"Drew is doing some really good things," Coach Smith said. "(He's) a young guy that's getting lots thrown at him right now and is responding well. We'll decide the game plan and how we want to use him and let him go."