FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas closed out its second week of preseason camp with its first scrimmage of the season Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It was also the first time the team had officials and live tackling as they tried to mimic a game-like setting as much as possible.
The 100-plus play scrimmage included first, second and third-down work as well as red-zone situations.
• Sophomore wide receiver La’Michael Pettway shined and was one of senior quarterback Austin Allen’s favorite pass catchers of the day. Pettway twice hauled in deep balls from Allen, who was on target all scrimmage. Pettway had a 65-yard catch to the goal line and later found the end zone on a 67-yard grab. On the day, Pettway totaled 165 yards and one touchdown with five catches. The former four-star prospect from Nashville, Arkansas, will be counted on to produce during the upcoming season, after recording one reception for a 10-yard TD last year.
• Along with Pettway, Allen stood out with 305 yards passing and a TD, while flashing his accuracy, completing 19 of 22 passes at an 86-percent clip.
• Freshman running back Chase Hayden led the way on the ground with 110 yards on 16 carries. He showcased his elusiveness when he fended off tacklers and exploded for a 65-yard run before being forced out of bounds at the 9-yard line by senior defensive back Henre’ Toliver.
• Defensively, junior linebacker Randy Ramsey continued to impress, picking up a a pair of sacks, while redshirt freshman linebacker Grant Morgan was active all day, notching a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive lineman McTelvin Agim was disruptive, logging five tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack.
Other Scrimmage Notables
• The Running backs saw lots of action. Along with Hayden’s 100-plus yards, sophomore Devwah Whaley grounded out 77 yards on 16 attempts, senior David Williams carried 11 times for 52 yards, and freshman Maleek Williams chipped in 21 yards on 11 rushes.
• Fourteen different receivers caught a least one pass. Junior wideout Jonathan Nance had a scrimmage-high six catches. One of his best receptions came early in the day when he turned a short pass into a 19-yard gain with the help of a stiff arm. Freshman Koilan Jackson posted a strong showing in his first scrimmage, catching three balls for 55 yards and a TD.
• In addition to Ramsey, Agim and Morgan, six other defenders recorded a sack, including redshirt freshman Briston Guidry and senior Bijhon Jackson. Redshirt freshman linebacker Giovanni LaFrance was physical all day with several big hits and 3.0 tackles for loss.
• Toliver, freshmen defensive backs Chevin Calloway, Korey Hernandez and Kamren Curl, as well as sophomore linebacker De’Jon Harris broke up passes. Senior defensive back Kevin Richardson almost intercepted a tipped pass.
• Freshman Blake Mazza converted field-goal attempts of 36, 25, 24 and 23 yards, before hitting a 30-yard to end the scrimmage.
The team will participate in Media Day later Saturday afternoon, and will return to the practice field Monday.