Hogs Prep for First Major Spring Scrimmage; Du
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas donned shorts and shoulder pads inside the confines of the Walker Pavilion on Friday as the Razorbacks got in their final preparations before their first major spring scrimmage.
The Hogs were forced indoors after Northwest Arkansas was hit with a mixture of rain, snow and temperatures dipping into the 40s.
Forecasts for bad weather on Saturday will force the Razorbacks inside again on Saturday for the 100+ play scrimmage. Because of the limited sideline space in Walker Pavilion and safety concerns, the scrimmage will be closed to the public.
“I hate that because we are inside we aren’t going to be able to open the scrimmage to the public,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We would love to have them here, but for safety reasons we just can’t fit everyone in here and ensure nothing will happen. We just don’t want anyone to get hurt. I hope our fans will come out next weekend for our spring game.”
While the Hogs’ spring game is slated for next weekend at Noon, Nutt says Saturday’s scrimmage is also an important gauge of how some positions might be manned next fall.
“This is one of the scrimmages that we look at on film over the summer,” Nutt said. “We have a lot of good position battles going. We want to look at guys at free safety or guys that might be in the defensive line rotation. There is also some good competition at tight end.”
Junior Matt Jones and redshirt freshman Cedric Washington continued to work both at quarterback and wide receiver during Friday’s workout. Nutt says the two signal callers will split time again in Saturday’s scrimmage. In addition, senior Ryan Sorahan and redshirt freshman Rhett Lashlee will get stints behind center. “All four quarterbacks will get some snaps,” Nutt said. “We will decide tonight what percentage of snaps will be split between Matt (Jones) and Ryan (Sorahan). Matt and Cedric Washington will also work at wide receiver.”
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