FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Following work on the practice fields Wednesday, Arkansas’ defense dominated a scrimmage in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, which consisted of about 60 plays.
“We had an hour and 15 minutes of fundamental work and some group work, then we put the ball down again for the scrimmage,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “This will be the last time we scrimmage before Saturday. We’re going to draft teams (Thursday) and we’re going to make it as game-like as possible. This will be the closest thing to a Red-White Game. We’re going to play four six-minute quarters. We’re going to go really hard and it’s going to be very competitive, as thin as we are right now. It should be fun.”
The defense had the most fun Wednesday. The offense scored five touchdowns in 16 possessions, but two of the scoring drives started at the defense’s 10-yard line and another at the 20.
“Our defense has really improved,” Nutt said. “Coach (Kacy) Rodgers has done a real good job with them, but we have to get better. We have to have a sense of urgency and create some depth. That’s where Pervis Osborne, Jayson Johnson and James Johnson come in. It hurts when Jermaine Brooks isn’t in there. We really need another body. Hopefully the guys we have now will step up.”
Brandon Holmes and Kyle Dickerson scored on seven-yard runs on the 10-yard drives for touchdowns while Dickerson scored from a yard out to cap the 20-yard drive.
Two of the possessions ended in lost yardage while one, the first series of the scrimmage, resulted in a defensive touchdown with Tony Bua scooping up a fumble and ran 38 yards for a touchdown.
The offense made a few big plays with the biggest coming when Sparky Hamilton took a Tarvaris Jackson screen pass 61 yards for a touchdown. On another series, Matt Jones drove the offense 55 yards for a score. Jones’ 31-yard keeper was the big play and then he hit Sam Breeden in the right corner of the end zone on a fade pass for the score.
Overall, the offense was held to 63 rushing yards on 37 carries and the quarterbacks completed just 11 of 24 passes for 186 yards. Jones was the top rusher with 32 yards on three carries while Brandon Holmes had 21 yards on five carries. Jackson completed three of seven passes for 91 yards and a score. Hamilton had two receptions for 92 yards and the touchdown.
Defensively, Jeb Huckeba had seven tackles and Gavin Walls and Jackson Purcell five each. Raymond House had two sacks while Walls had two tackles for losses.