The Razorbacks scrimmaged for a little over 100 plays Saturday in Razorback Stadium in front of the media and a few fans. It was practices 10 and 11 of fall camp for Arkansas. Here are a few of the highlights:
The biggest takeaway for most everyone who attended the scrimmage was Devwah Whaley’s play. The highly recruited freshman rushed for nearly 100 yards on just 14 carries. He busted a couple of runs of 20 yards or so, and to cap his day, scored from 11 yards out after breaking a few tackles and running over a defender. He looked great.
Here’s what Bielema had to say afterward:
Devwah Whlaey finished around 100 yards for the scrimmage today. Bielema on him: “Today you saw that gear I saw on his high school film."— Arkansas Fight (@ArkansasFight) August 13, 2016
Rawleigh Williams also returned to the field for full contact for what Bielema says is the first time since his scary neck injury against Auburn last season. He ran the ball 14 times as well for 67 yards. He also scored while the team ran through its red zone session. Bielema said he’d have been lying if he said he wasn’t waiting for the day Williams returned to the backfield, took some contact and had success.
As far as the quarterback play, Austin Allen (14 of 19, 151 yards) appeared confident and aware. Bielema said he liked the way Allen distributed the ball, finding multiple receivers during the scrimmage. Ty Storey received some praise from Bielema in the post-scrimmage press conference, mentioning how much he likes his intangibles. Rafe Peavey was limited and is only going one practice per day as he’s recovering from back surgery.
Cole Kelley has the biggest arm on the team. He took a couple of deep shots during play, connecting with a reserve WR for a score on a miscommunication defensively. He’s a huge kid, as you know – every bit the size of tight end Jeremy Sprinkle. Ricky Town didn’t get any reps with the first or second teams today. He’s likely going to be the fifth quarterback on the depth chart.
Storey 5 for 5, 62 yds, incl. 9-yard TD to O'Grady; Peavey 3-3, 27 yds; Kelley 5-12-1, 116 yds, threw INT to Britto Tutt on last play— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) August 13, 2016
Arkansas’ first team offensive line today: LT Dan Skipper, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Frank Ragnow, RG Zach Rogers, RT Jake Raulerson.
- Kody Walker “popped a bit of a scar tissue” the other day and was pretty limited. He did have a nice run for a first down, though, early on. T.J. Hammonds tweaked his knee early in the practice. Bielema says it should be nothing serious.
- Bielema said he thought the receivers caught the ball well. I was impressed with Keon Hatcher, personally. He and Allen linked up a couple of times for nice gains. One of the only drops I can remember came from Dominique Reed, who apparently rolled his right ankle and watched from the sideline the rest of the day with it heavily taped.
- Jordan Jones, who coaches were raving about last week, was out dealing with a fever of 102, Bielema said. Dan Skipper, late in the practice, went down with a left leg injury, but came back about five plays later and seemed to be fine.
- Arkansas superfan Canaan Sandy was in attendance.
- Music was blaring from field level during the practice. Among the artists who were played: Taylor Swift, Eminem, N.W.A., Young Jeezy, A$AP Ferg. In case you were curious.