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Arkansas Razorbacks Fall Scrimmage Report: August 10th

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After a week of practices, the Hogs finally put themselves on display for the public in their first fall scrimmage on Saturday. Here's what we learned.

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Stats

UA doesn't provide official stats for scrimmages, but here's what a couple of reporters estimated on their own:

http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2013/aug/10/first-fall-scrimmage-stats/

http://arkansasnews.com/blog/robbies-hog-blog/scrimmage-stats-august-10.html

Media Twitter Commentary

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Arkansas just wrapped up a 107-play scrimmage. QB Brandon Allen was very sharp, completing 16 of 17 for 204 yds and a TD</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/366329017445519362">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Oh, and the lone incomplete pass thrown by <a href="https://twitter.com/BrandonAllen_10">@BrandonAllen_10</a> today was a straight up drop, right in Julian Horton&#39;s hands</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/366338457410338816">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Top rusher was Alex Collins, 12-40, 1 TD. Julian Horton 6-63, Cowan 4-54, Herndon 2-64, TD</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/366330374428700672">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bielema: Swanson, Small, Hatcher &amp; Byron Jones missed with minor injuries. Rohan Gaines may miss a week.</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/366332337451048960">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Former OL Jeremy Ward is now working at DT and worked with the third team today per Coach Bielema.</p>&mdash; Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dedsports/statuses/366333128899444736">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bielema believes 10 freshmen will play. Includes Skipper, Koehler, Kirkland, Collins, Morgan, Henry, Dean, Ellis. The 2 QBs also have chance</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/366339608977481729">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Scrimmage takes:&#10;B.Allen was almost perfect. Alex Collins is as good as advertised. D-Line is too. Offensive line is better/stronger...</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/366351330748530688">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>..WRs will be fine. TE&#39;s are deep. A lot of newcomer talent. Collins, Henry, Spaight, Ellis, Oline freshman. Hocker boomed 2 huge punts..</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/366351963887116289">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>..and kicked a 57 yd FG. Linebacker still the big question, but they seem to have some newcomer talent. A. Allen has chance to be #2 QB</p>&mdash; Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTalkwBo/statuses/366352825074204673">August 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>TEs Jeremy Sprinkle and Hunter Henry are both big targets that have had nice catches today early in the Arkansas scrimmage</p>&mdash; Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dedsports/statuses/366314322177167360">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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And by the way

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>MeKale McKay has been released and has transferred per Coach B.</p>&mdash; Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dedsports/statuses/366332764489920513">August 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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So that's that.

UA Recap (Bielema Quotes)

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team held its first scrimmage of preseason camp inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday. Head Coach Bret Bielema commented afterwards on the energy and play from the Razorbacks.

“I liked what went on out there,” Coach Bielema said. “I couldn’t be happier with their football IQ growth. That’s something that we’ve really been stressing. It’s one thing to be a football player, but it’s a better thing to be smart football players.”

With Saturday’s scrimmage marking the end of the first week of preseason camp, Coach Bielema expressed his satisfaction with the consistent and continued growth of the Razorbacks.

“Just taking everything a little step at the time,” Coach Bielema said. “Now we’ve taken a certain amount of steps to get ourselves in position. I think you only get good at football by playing football. It’s a very unique sport, in that manner.”

The Razorback receiving corps was a position group that stood out to Coach Bielema during the scrimmage.

“One great thing is we have three senior receivers,” Coach Bielema said. “Obviously with the departure of seniors from a year ago, it’s their chance to step up. I thought our receivers today did an exceptional job competing for the football. It’s something we’ve been stressing. Our guys are just competing for the football that much more.”

The work of the offensive line, specifically in the running game, was another area of play that Coach Bielema praised.

“I think any time you lose your starting center and (then) to have the composure our [first-team] offense had in the run game--I was very excited,” Coach Bielema said. “I thought Grady Ollison did very well. He was blocking Chris Smith. Brey Cook is playing very, very well and I thought some others did some good things.”

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