Red Posts 14-6 Win in UA Spring Football Game
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior quarterback Ryan Sorahan connected on five of eight passes for 64 yards including a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout George Wilson to help lead the Red squad to a 14-6 win over the White in the annual University of Arkansas Spring Football Game on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Red team did most of its damage on the ground, however, racking up 119 yards on 18 carries. Senior Cedric Cobbs earned 75 yards on six carries including a 41-yard to set up a touchdown in the third quarter. Sophomore Dedrick Poole took it in from 14 yards to culminate an 83-yard drive and give the Red the final 14-6 margin. Poole finished the day with 36 yards and a touchdown on four totes.
“I was really proud of the enthusiasm and attitude,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It was a good day. No one got hurt seriously. Now we can get back to school, lifting weights and really concentrating on academics. We want to get them out of here healthy and then it will be here we go again.”
Junior Steven Harris was the game’s leading receiver after hauling in three catches for 116 yards in a losing cause for the White team. Matt Jones was four of 11 passing for 117 yards. Junior David Carlton provided the only scoring for the White team with a pair of field goals. Carlton connected from 36 yards in the first quarter before nailing a 43-yard effort in the third quarter.
“Steven (Harris) has to stay healthy,” Nutt said. “With Steven and (wide receiver) David Thompson, they need to stay on the field. We know that they are good players. Steven has excellent speed and has made some big catches before when he has been healthy.”
Saturday’s spring game marked the end of spring practice for the Razorbacks. Nutt praised his team’s effort throughout the spring, but was especially encouraged by the performances of a variety of players that tried their hand at new positions.
“I think the biggest thing was that every person that made a switch did a nice job,” Nutt said. “Jeb Huckeba is a playmaker. I think he is going to take off where Gavin Walls left off. That was a big move for us in the spring. I think Jimarr Gallon and Vickiel Vaughn have shown signs. We are still unsure exactly where everyone is going to be when (Tony) Bua gets back, but at least this is the time in spring when we can answer some questions. I thought we did that for the most part.”
Much of the focus this spring was on the Razorback quarterbacks. Junior Matt Jones is the returning starter, but spent a good portion of practice snaps at wide receiver this spring. That opened up opportunities for Sorahan and redshirt freshman Cedric Washington.
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