HOGS’ OF­FENSE not ready to show ev­ery­thing yet.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - By Tom Mur­phy

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs have in­stalled a lot of their 2017 of­fense through eight prac­tices, but they will not have ac­cess to co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos’ full play­book for to­day’s first ma­jor scrim­mage.

“We still have goal-line stuff to in­stall and just some other things,” quar­ter­back Austin Allen said Thurs­day. “Coach Enos has a bil­lion plays he could still in­stall. We’re on in­stall 8, so it’s about 80 per­cent in.

“So we’ve got kind of the full arse­nal, but we still al­ways add stuff dur­ing game weeks and stuff like that. What­ever they see on film, they might put in a play we haven’t run in two years. We’ve in­stalled a lot, and it’s been kind of full go for the past eight days. So I think we’ll be about 85-90 per­cent on Satur­day.”

Tail­back Devwah Wha­ley said the Ra­zor­backs worked on some plays from Enos’ goal-line pack­ages Thurs­day.

“Ev­ery day we’ve just been get­ting bet­ter,” Wha­ley said. “We’re go­ing to keep in­stalling day by day and get ready for Satur­day for the first scrim­mage.”

Be­hind sopho­more Devwah Wha­ley and grad­u­ate trans­fer David Williams at the tail­back slot, fresh­men Chase Hay­den and Maleek Williams are hav­ing a strong com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to their team­mates.

Maleek Williams has the edge from an ex­pe­ri­ence stand­point, en­rolling early and tak­ing part in spring drills with the Ra­zor­backs. But be­cause Hay­den is the small­est, fastest tail­back, he has an edge be­cause he of­fers a dif­fer­ent style than Williams, whose frame and game are sim­i­lar to that of Wha­ley and David Williams.

“Chase has been im­pres­sive,” David Williams said. “He’s sur­prised me with even pick­ing up blocks and all that kind of stuff, and he’s only a fresh­man, so I’m look­ing for big things.”

Fit­ting in

Out­side line­backer Gabe Richard­son, a ju­nior col­lege trans­fer who has been in Fayetteville for three months, said it was about three weeks ago that he re­al­ized he had made it through the sum­mer con­di­tion­ing pro­gram led by strength coach Ben Her­bert and his staff.

He said that ac­com­plish­ment made him be­lieve he be­longed at Arkansas and play­ing in the SEC.

“Those work­outs with coach Herb will change you,” Richard­son said. “I prayed be­fore ev­ery sin­gle work­out that I’d make it.

“I didn’t know if I was go­ing to be a Ra­zor­back or not through those work­outs. But when I made it through, that’s when I re­al­ized I had the tough­ness to con­tinue push­ing. I felt like a Ra­zor­back then.”

Log cab­ins

Tight end trans­fer Jeremy Pat­ton had an in­ter­est­ing sum­mer gig in the sum­mer of 2015 be­fore he started his first sea­son at Ari­zona West­ern Col­lege.

“I spent some time in Ken­tucky … work­ing on log cab­ins, so I’ve been around,” Pat­ton said.

Log cab­ins?

“I was out there with my brother and his step­dad,” Pat­ton ex­plained. “I wasn’t do­ing the tech­ni­cal work. Me and my buddy were lug­ging logs around do­ing heavy work for the guys.”

Bag rules

Arkansas has im­ple­mented a new “clear bag” pol­icy for the 2017 sea­son.

The new pol­icy will al­low fans to bring in one clear bag — ei­ther a 12x6x12inch bag or a 1 gal­lon zip­top — and a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5x6.5 inches for per­sonal items. The bags must be made of clear plas­tic, vinyl or PVC. All the bags will be screened by se­cu­rity prior to sta­dium en­try.

Fans who re­quire med­i­cal sup­plies or de­vices are not sub­ject to the pol­icy but must be screened and tagged.

Fans with ques­tions about the pol­icy can read more de­tails at arkansas­ra­zor­backs.com, which has a story and a link to fre­quently asked ques­tions.

‘Tarzan’ mane

Austin Allen said his flow­ing locks al­ready have paid off by win­ning a bet with for­mer Ra­zor­back and cur­rent San Diego Charg­ers tight end Hunter Henry. The two had a bet last sea­son on who could grow his hair the longest, which Allen said Henry won eas­ily.

Not so this sea­son. “It’s over,” Allen said. “He had to go to that Mackey Award thing and he goes, ‘I can’t have my long hair for that. I’ve got to cut it down.’

“I was like, ‘What­ever, dude, just pay me my $20.’ ”

Allen said he’s not in a hair-grow­ing con­test with any­body this sea­son, although there are other strong com­peti­tors on the team, such as tight end Jeremy Pat­ton and oth­ers.

“Reid Miller’s got some freak­ing Tarzan hair, so he’s the longest hair on the team,” Allen said. “I might be a close sec­ond.”

Hog grads

The Ra­zor­backs will have five grad­u­ates on this year’s team, in­clud­ing two who re­ceived their de­grees else­where.

Quar­ter­back Austin Allen, run­ning back Con­nor McPher­son and safety De’An­dre Coley re­ceived their de­grees from the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville. All are fifthyear se­niors.

Of­fen­sive line­man Jake Rauler­son is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Texas and run­ning back David Williams is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of South Carolina. Both trans­ferred to Arkansas uti­liz­ing the NCAA’s grad­u­ate trans­fer rule, which al­lows grad­u­ated play­ers to trans­fer with­out sit­ting out a sea­son.

Run­ning back Juan Day used the grad­u­ate trans­fer rule to leave Arkansas for Stephen F. Austin this year.

The Ra­zor­backs’ grad­u­ate count is tied with LSU and Ten­nessee for eighth among SEC teams this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Foot­ball Foun­da­tion. Alabama leads the league with 12 grad­u­ates, fol­lowed by Ole Miss (9) and Ken­tucky (8). Mis­sis­sippi State’s two grad­u­ates are the fewest among SEC teams.

Rag­now in

Cen­ter Frank Rag­now was held out of live tack­ling work in the spring against his pref­er­ence, but the pre­sea­son All-SEC cen­ter is ex­pected to be back to the full-speed grind when the Hogs scrim­mage to­day.

“I be­lieve I’m full go. It’s time to start play­ing foot­ball,” Rag­now said.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos’ full play­book won’t be on dis­play to­day dur­ing the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs’ first ma­jor scrim­mage of the fall.

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