Efficient day for QB Brandon Allen, 59-yard FG highlight ARK scrimmage
Arkansas held an open scrimmage of more than 120 plays Saturday, highlighted by kicker Cole Hedlund and quarterback Brandon Allen.
Hedlund drilled consecutive field goals of 55 and 59 yards at the conclusion of practice and left the field on the shoulders of his teammates. The Razorbacks are holding a kicking competition that should continue in the fall.
Allen, who completed a career-high 56 percent of his passes last year, unofficially was 17-of-23 on Saturday with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.
As the team looks to replace Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise made three sacks during Saturday’s scrimmage.
But afterward, Bielema said Wise is second-team for now, using the analogy of a full buffet plate and suggesting that Wise is trying to do too much by being a member of the track team, participating in a fraternity and trying to keep up with his academics.
“That’s where he’ll stay (second-team) until everything gets in order,” Bielema said.
The team held running back Jonathan Williams out of the scrimmage. Alex Collins, recovering from an appendectomy, participated in situational work and then left after tweaking his ankle. Denzel Evans (groin) did not participate Saturday, and Juan Day recently tore his ACL. The team dismissed last year’s third running back, Korliss Marshall, so Kody Walker got the majority of the carries.
Walker ran 20 times for 69 yards in situational work and during the scrimmage.
“Kodi probably is one of those unsung heroes. He’s a workhorse,” Bielema said. “Really good in short-yardage situations. Getting his pads downhill. We’d like to use him a little more at fullback, but because we were so deleted (sic) at tailback today, we probably didn’t get as much work out of him there.”
Jeremy Sprinkle (four catches for 77 yards) and Keon Hatcher (three catches for 39 yards) performed well Saturday as the team looks for a way to spark the downfield passing game with new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Cornerback Santos Ramirez (flu) also did not participate in the scrimmage.
Arkansas also picked up a commitment from three-star athlete T.J. Hammonds, who had scholarship offers from Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, TCU, Vanderbilt and others. He played running back, receiver and defensive back last season.