Running game steals the show in Arkansas’ spring game

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Arkansas

Arkansas helped send the SEC out of spring practice with today’s Red-White Game, and 30,000 fans were on hand at Razorback Stadium to call the Hogs, less than last year’s 51,000-plus.

The first-team offense rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Here are four takeaways from Arkansas’ spring game:

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Mr. Marshall: While everybody keeps talking about Arkansas’ running back duo of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams (guilty as charged), it’s clear why Bret Bielema wanted Korliss Marshall on offense: he’s a baller. Marshall stole the show in Arkansas’ spring game, rushing for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Speculation surrounded Marshall possibly moving to safety permanently, because he’s an athletic specimen who could definitely help the secondary, but now we know for sure he’ll stay on offense. Marshall reeled off a 59-yard touchdown that showed pure explosion and burner speed. Instead of a great duo of Collins and Williams, the Hogs will boast a sexy trio that includes Marshall.

Tale of two halves: Brandon Allen just wants you to forget the first half of the game. He finished 5-for-11 for 21 yards and two INTs from deflections off receivers’ hands. Bret Bielema’s initial thought was to get the reserves in the game during the third quarter, but he decided to run his first team back out there because of the poor first-half showing. Allen’s glad he did. He turned things around in the second half and finished the game 12 of 21 for 108 yards, one touchdown and the two first-half INTs. The second-half Brandon Allen is the one Hogs’ fans and the coaching staff hope shows up this fall.

How far behind? The younger Allen, Austin, showed up well today, and he had two very nice throws down the left side of the field. He finished 11-for-17, 139 yards and two touchdowns. Could there be a brother vs. brother quarterback battle brewing? The elder Allen will likely start the season, but could the younger Allen make a move? It’s something to keep an eye on.

The Wise man: Deatrich Wise was a beast and couldn’t be contained. He was credited with eight tackles and five sacks today, with all five coming in the first half. Yes, he was going against the second-team offense, but the 6-6, 270-pound defensive end gives the Hogs another active member in the front four. He totaled 17 tackles, three for loss, and two sacks last season. Maybe he’s ready to become a breakout play and create a nice tandem with returner Trey Flowers.

Notable Stats:

  • RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 78 yards on eight carries for one touchdown.
  • Early enrollee QB Rafe Peavey finished 4 of 9 for 42 yards.
  • Keon Hatcher led all receivers with five catches for 52 yards.
  • WR Cody Hollister caught three passes for a game-high 61 yards and one touchdown.
  • Linebackers Brooks Ellis and Martrell Spaight had a game-high nine tackles each. Ellis also recorded one sack.

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