All eyes for Arkansas' spring practice are on the quarterback battle. Presumably, Austin Allen is the leader in the clubhouse for the starting spot but it isn't set in stone. Even with the competition Allen has a pretty level mindset going into the spring. The pressure of stepping into the same spot your brother played, and had one of the best seasons in Razorback history for a quarterback, is not easy. So far he is saying all the right things and sounds prepared to take the spot, but it won't be given up without a fight from the other quarterbacks.
One guy who wants to come in and compete immediately is Cole Kelley. If you don't know much about the incoming freshman there is good info here. He has great size and arm strength that the Razorback receivers have already grown fond of. He still has a lot of developing to do and him seeing the field this season is a real long shot. Despite that, Bret Bielema and Dan Enos both sound very complimentary and optimistic about the future Kelley could have with the program.
Now that non conference play is wrapped up for baseball save for some midweek games, expect Dave Van Horn to lean more on the upperclassmen to get the job done. That doesn't mean the contributions the freshman have made less important. This article highlights some of the better play we've seen from newcomers this year. Grant Koch and Eric Cole have done well in spot duty. However the real standout freshman is Barrett Loseke. After his solid start in the bullpen he earned a spot in the weekend rotation just in time for conference play.
And if you are still a bit behind on the transfer news from this week. Check out our coverage on Jimmy Whitt leaving the basketball program, as well as the arrival of the amazingly named JUCO cornerback Britto Tutt.