The Arkansas Razorbacks have a big task ahead of them this spring as they attempt to solidify their shaky defense.

Overseeing that task is new defensive coordinator John Chavis, who came over from Texas A&M this offseason as part of new coach Chad Morris’s staff.

After the Hogs’ first spring scrimmage on Saturday, Chavis said he sees some improvement from the unit, but added that there’s still a lot of work to be done before the 2018 season kicks off this fall (via 247Sports):

“I think we made some progress and that’s the goal, to get better each day,” Chavis said. “Take it one day at a time. I think they are feeling more confident in the new scheme. The more confident they get, the cleaner the play will be.

“There are still mistakes out there. That’s why you have to practice. There’s a lot to learn. We are not shy on effort and that’s the biggest bright spot. We are getting great effort and that tells me we’ve got the chance to move forward.”

The Razorbacks gave up too many points under former head coach Bret Bielema last year, which is something you can’t do in the ultra-competitive SEC West.

Chavis has some talented players returning, so he’ll need to find a way to help the Hogs improve on that side of the ball or it might be another long year in Fayetteville.