Sam Pittman laments offensive struggles in 2nd spring scrimmage that 'defense seemed to win'
Coach Sam Pittman tried to navigate around the spring break schedule at Arkansas as the Razorbacks moved along in their spring workouts.
But he admitted to reporters on Saturday that an eight-day layoff contributed to struggles on offense. He hoped that the sluggish play that he feared wouldn’t materialize.
“I felt like it showed in our offense, with accuracy of throws, hanging on to the ball, jumping offsides, and we didn’t play very smart football today on the offensive side of the ball,” Pittman said. “But some of that I expected it, we’re certainly not sitting here going we’re happy that it happened.”
QB KJ Jefferson was 13-for-20 for 90 yards passing with a touchdown and an interceptable pass, according to Whole Hog Sports. Malik Hornsby was 9-for-22 passing for 115 yards, and interception and 2 interceptable passes. Lucas Coley was 4-for-6 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown, while John Stephen Jones was 7-for-9 passing for 81 yards.
Pittman also reported that more than 40 players received a COVID-19 vaccine this week, and that might’ve been a reason for the sluggish play.
“I’m understanding that there might be a reason for some of the sloppy play, not tolerating it,” Pittman said.
Some positives are Arkansas was injury free and it has six more practices this spring.
Pittman also applauded the play by several members of the defensive secondary who made pass breakups throughout the scrimmage.
“They’re able to take what they’re doing in individual each day … and they’re starting to do that in a game setting, in a team setting,” Pittman said. “Any time you can do that, you’ve turned yourself into a fine football player and the secondary’s doing that right now.”
Here’s Pittman’s full press conference: