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Razorbacks showcase ‘thuds’ indoors – WholeHogSports

FAYETTEVILLE — Considering the day began with a major audible, the University of Arkansas football program held a relatively successful “spring showcase” Saturday.

The Razorbacks went through a modified scrimmage in their 12th spring practice, including live tackling for the third unit, before a large crowd of prospects, parents and invited guests inside the Walker Pavilion, with live coverage on the SEC Network-Plus.

Morning rain and anticipated stormy weather around the 11 a.m. start time caused school officials to call off the “HogFest” activities and change the venue from Reynolds Razorback Stadium to the indoor pavilion, where stands were in place on the east side for parents and family members.

Raheim “Rocket” Sanders was the most productive skill player with seven carries for 66 yards, including a long touchdown run early in the workout.

Third-year Coach Sam Pittman said the “thudding” work has gone so well that spring practices have felt more physical, even without much tackling.

“In a normal spring we would’ve had … another 75-80 plays of live tackle than what we did this spring,” Pittman said. “But I do believe we’re thudding a lot better than we ever have.

“I thought it went well for roping off the end zones. … I thought we got it accomplished.”

The defensive units continued to show the good, quick pressure they’ve created much of spring, so the overall passing numbers were muted. Transfer linebacker Drew Sanders’ speed and pursuit flashed for the defensive starters, as did safety Jalen Catalon’s work in a green no-contact jersey, which included a key pass break-up. 

Defensive end Zach Williams had a “sack” as the Hogs’ defensive front pushed the line of scrimmage back on occasion.

Among the reserves, cornerback Keaun Parker, linebacker Jordan Crook and defensive lineman Jon Hill all had impressive days.

The Razorbacks sustained at least a couple of injuries. Defensive tackle Taurean Carter came out early with a left knee injury and receiver Warren Thompson was pulled for precautionary reasons after his helmet hit the artificial turf.

Pittman said he didn’t think Carter’s injury was major, but upcoming tests will confirm the extent of the ailment for a defender who has made a significant move this spring.

Pittman said he thought moving the practice inside wound up being the right call.

“I didn’t think we particularly threw the ball well or anything of that nature,” he said. “I thought the kids protected pretty good, think our runners ran hard. But it’s thud. You don’t have an opportunity to break a tackle or tackle a guy and knock the ball out. But I think we did the right thing, I guess is what I’m saying. I feel like we did the right thing.”

KJ Jefferson completed 8 of 14 passes for 63 yards while directing one scoring drive in regular move-the-ball conditions and another score in red zone work. Malik Hornsby had three of his passes dropped while going 4 of 14 for 47 yards. Cade Fortin went 4 for 9 for 62 yards and a touchdown during live-tackling work with the third team.

Raheim Sanders navigated through traffic over the left edge on the fifth play of the scrimmage and burst through for a 54-yard touchdown. The sophomore also scored a 6-yard touchdown in red zone work after Jefferson’s 12-yard completion to tight end Trey Knox.

“Just being able to get the signal and line up quick, he knows what’…….

Source: https://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2022/apr/17/razorbacks-showcase-thuds-indoors/

FAYETTEVILLE — Considering the day began with a major audible, the University of Arkansas football program held a relatively successful “spring showcase” Saturday.

The Razorbacks went through a modified scrimmage in their 12th spring practice, including live tackling for the third unit, before a large crowd of prospects, parents and invited guests inside the Walker Pavilion, with live coverage on the SEC Network-Plus.

Morning rain and anticipated stormy weather around the 11 a.m. start time caused school officials to call off the “HogFest” activities and change the venue from Reynolds Razorback Stadium to the indoor pavilion, where stands were in place…….

FAYETTEVILLE — Considering the day began with a major audible, the University of Arkansas football program held a relatively successful “spring showcase” Saturday.

The Razorbacks went through a modified scrimmage in their 12th spring practice, including live tackling for the third unit, before a large crowd of prospects, parents and invited guests inside the Walker Pavilion, with live coverage on the SEC Network-Plus.

Morning rain and anticipated stormy weather around the 11 a.m. start time caused school officials to call off the “HogFest” activities and change the venue from Reynolds Razorback Stadium to the indoor pavilion, where stands were in place…….

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