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Arkansas Razorbacks Spring Practice Report - April 19th

Bret Bielema met with the media following practice on Saturday. Here's what we learned.

Brandon and Austin Allen prepare to throw to their receivers in drills.
Brandon and Austin Allen prepare to throw to their receivers in drills.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Korliss Marshall was back at practice this week. Bielema said his Tuesday practice was a &quot;freak show.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/3w8bxmnWZC">http://t.co/3w8bxmnWZC</a></p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/457599797072248832">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Is there any player on the team more intriguing than Korliss Marshall? Not to me. Can't wait to see what he can do in the fall.

AJ Derby continues to get rave reviews at tight end.

"The kid is talented," Bielema said. "The transition has been as seamless as I can imagine. It amazes me how well he catches the ball, it absolutely blows my mind because that’s not an easy thing to run full speed in traffic and catch it. He changes our offense, literally overnight."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A.J. Derby had the play of the day with a one-handed TD catch. Here&#39;s Bielema on Derby&#39;s impact. <a href="http://t.co/3tAOCktg1e">http://t.co/3tAOCktg1e</a></p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/457605317610987520">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Derby was always a great athlete, which is why I was disappointed he never really tried to utilize his mobility when he played quarterback. He was never a traditional drop-back passer. He was a 4* recruit out of high school - as an athlete. I'm glad he'll get a chance to display that this season. He won't replace Hunter Henry on the depth chart or anything, but we all know Bielema would run with 11 tight ends on the field at one time if he could.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema said Horace Arkadie is no longer part of the program. No specifics regarding his dismissal.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/457595309527273473">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema: Says Horace Arkadie&#39;s situation is &quot;out of his hands.&quot; In school but no longer with the team. Looking at options</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/457594892277927936">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Sounds strange, but okay.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema said left guard and center are wide open right now.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/457593318956740608">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Brey Cook, Denver Kirkland, and Dan Skipper seem to be pretty intrenched in their spots. The rest? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bielema on injuries: Tevin Mitchel &quot;popped his hammy&quot; and won&#39;t be ready for R-W game. Mitchel elected to Hog Council</p>&mdash; Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMurphyADG/statuses/457591236740644865">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>DE Brandon Lewis will have knee surgery when spring practice ends. Bielema said he should be ready for fall camp.</p>&mdash; Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWARobbie/statuses/457593955291373568">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Here are Bielema's plans for the spring game. WHO ARE THE SPECIAL VISITORS???? IT'S A MYSTERY!!

"What I am going to do is just ones against the world," Bielema said. "I think we’re at a point now where I want our ones to play together consistently. That will be pretty much the first half. Then the second half we will rotate some guys through. We will have some kicking at the end of the first quarter and third quarter. We have some special visitors that might take some reps with us from the line of scrimmage. It will be fun for everyone involved. I’ve talked to some people involved and this is one of the few times a year where we can involve some interaction without penalty and we will take advantage of it. Saturday is all about us getting better and I want the fans to show up. I would love to have a great crowd. It will be a good recruiting day for us. The reason I go ones against the world really is just so those guys have some continuity of playing together. I want our one defense to be on the sideline when our one offense is out there and realize when they drive the ball and score, they have to go out and shut them down and vice versa. I want them to feed off each other."

Here's video of Bielema's entire press conference.

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Clay Jennings spoke with RazorVision after the practice.

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