Ra­zor­backs re­port

Se­nior CB gets beat by 1 hand

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Arkansas cor­ner­back Ryan Pul­ley

FAYET­TEVILLE — Fresh­man re­ceiver Koilan Jack­son did some­thing Sat­ur­day that no­body could pull off last sea­son: He caught a deep-ball touch­down pass against Arkansas Ra­zor­backs cor­ner­back Ryan Pul­ley in man cov­er­age.

Pul­ley was run­ning stride for stride with Jack­son on the play but did not get his head around in time to de­fend Car­son Proc­tor’s per­fectly thrown ball, which Jack­son squeezed with only his right arm for a 45-yard touch­down dur­ing the Ra­zor­backs’ 140-play scrim­mage at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium.

“I saw Pul­ley, he was flat-footed, so I at­tacked his in­side and gave him a lit­tle move and went deep,” Jack­son said. “Car­son, he threw a per­fect pass. It re­ally couldn’t get much bet­ter than that. It fell right in the bread­bas­ket like they say.

“He had my left hand so I think it was one-handed. I re­ally don’t re­mem­ber. I don’t re­mem­ber much of it.”

Pul­ley got up and gave Jack­son a hand­shake af­ter the big-play score.

“You get one on me, you should be happy be­cause that’s the only one I’m gonna give up,” Pul­ley said.

“It was a very, very nice play,” re­ceivers coach Michael Smith said. “Car­son Proc­tor dropped a dime on him. He was run­ning hard and made the play.”


Left guard Hjalte Fro­holdt was pulled out of a series af­ter com­mit­ting a false start penalty on a third­down play. Af­ter Fro­holdt got to the side­line, he took his hel­met off and pounded it against his head.

Quar­ter­back Austin Allen, who was in the hud­dle, didn’t see the self­pun­ish­ment.

“I be­lieve that,” Allen said. “He holds him­self to a high stan­dard. No one holds him to a higher stan­dard than him­self. He knows he can’t make that mis­take on third down. He’s go­ing to learn from that and get bet­ter.”

Asked whether he’d ever bonked a hel­met against his own head, Allen said, “No. I’m not a psy­chopath like Hjalte.”

Added of­fen­sive line coach Kurt An­der­son, “Yep. Well, he’s a Vik­ing. That’s prob­a­bly par for the course. I’ll have a lit­tle talk with him. We don’t need him dam­ag­ing him­self on the side­line.

“He’s his harsh­est critic. He’s al­ways been that way. He was that way last year. He was ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed in him­self to go through a ca­dence like that and have a twitch.”

Sat­ur­day dings

Sev­eral Ra­zor­backs, in­clud­ing start­ing line­backer De’Jon Har­ris, suf­fered in­juries Sat­ur­day, although none is ex­pected to re­sult in a long-term loss.

Har­ris was rolled up from be­hind and down for a few sec­onds be­fore walk­ing gin­gerly off the field.

“I think it’s go­ing to be all right, just a cou­ple of days into next week,” said Har­ris, who was hav­ing a good scrim­mage. “Just a sprained MCL, no lig­a­ments torn, so I’ll be fine.”

De­fen­sive end Ar­mon Watts suf­fered a bruised left el­bow late in the work­out and did not re­turn.

“Just a lit­tle bruise,” Watts said. “I think I’ll be all right.”

Nose tackle Dy­lan Hays had his an­kle rolled up, Coach Bret Bielema said.

Line­backer Josh Har­ris had to come out with a lower leg in­jury.

Held out

Mul­ti­ple Ra­zor­backs were held out of the scrim­mage while heal­ing from in­juries that are not con­sid­ered se­vere.

Line­backer Dre Green­law, who is com­ing back from foot surgery, also had an up­per thigh is­sue in camp. Line­backer Karl Roesler (ham­string) said he ex­pected to be back Mon­day. Re­ceiver Bran­don Martin (lower back) is ex­pected back soon. Kicker Cole Hed­lund (groin) said he planned to be back early this week.

Tight end Will Gragg missed the work­out due to a con­cus­sion suf­fered last week, and tight end Jeremy Pat­ton, who bruised a hip flexor Wed­nes­day, did not play.

“I’ve been re­hab­bing it like four hours ev­ery day,” Pat­ton said. “I feel like I’m go­ing to be good to go early next week, maybe be­fore what Coach B[ielema] was say­ing. He was think­ing Tues­day-Wed­nes­day, and I’m hop­ing Mon­day I’m ready to go.”

Line­backer depth

Red­shirt fresh­man in­side lineback­ers Grant Mor­gan and Gio­vanni LaFrance showed the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville might be build­ing qual­ity depth at a thin po­si­tion.

Mor­gan, a walk-on get­ting first-team snaps with starter Dre Green­law rest­ing, had 8 tack­les, in­clud­ing 3 for losses of 12 yards.

“I thought Grant was ac­tive and did some re­ally good things,” in­side lineback­ers coach Ver­non Har­g­reaves said. “He’s just a tough, hard-nosed player, and he’s ex­tremely smart. He un­der­stands the game.”

LaFrance got a lot of work with the sec­ond-team de­fense — af­ter Josh Har­ris suf­fered a lower body in­jury — and also had eight tack­les.

“Gio prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect to get that many reps,” Har­g­reaves said. “His tongue was hang­ing out by the end of the day, but it was good for him. He can’t get enough reps. It’s huge for him to be able to get out there and just play foot­ball and go out and tackle guys and do the things he’s ca­pa­ble of do­ing. Now we’ve just got to do it on a con­sis­tent ba­sis. He showed some flashes, and hope­fully he’ll be able to build off of that.”

LaFrance said it was the first time he has got­ten ex­ten­sive work in a scrim­mage be­cause he had a right wrist in­jury in train­ing camp last fall and was slowed by a sprained an­kle in the spring.

“I think I did pretty good, but I still need to im­prove on a lot of stuff,” LaFrance said. “I came here to play, but I just need to work my way up. A scrim­mage like this re­ally helps me out a lot. I’m fi­nally get­ting to show my coaches what I’m re­ally about. I think I showed them what I can do, so I hope they’re think­ing about me in the back of their minds.”

Mor­gan said he just did what he’s been coached to do.

“We pre­pared re­ally well for this scrim­mage,” he said. “I was just mak­ing plays we’ve seen al­ready and do­ing the things we’ve been taught to do.”

Dre al­most there

Dre Green­law smiled when asked whether he’ll get to scrim­mage be­fore the Ra­zor­backs open the sea­son Aug. 31 against Florida A&M.

“I bet­ter,” Green­law said. “Hope­fully I’ll get to scrim­mage this com­ing Sat­ur­day, or if not, then the next Sat­ur­day af­ter that.”

Green­law, a start­ing in­side line­backer, missed all of spring prac­tice while re­cov­er­ing from a foot in­jury and hasn’t been in any con­tact sit­u­a­tions in fall camp.

Part of the rea­son for hold­ing Green­law out of Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage was to give him ex­tra re­cov­ery time for his right foot, but also be­cause he has been bothered by a sore quadri­ceps mus­cle in his right leg.

Green­law has been go­ing through drills, as he did Sat­ur­day, but not team work.

“Ev­ery prac­tice I’m try­ing my best to get back on the field, but the coaches are telling me to be pa­tient,” Green­law said. “So that’s what I’ve got to do.”

Coach Bret Bielema said he ex­pects Green­law to get some con­tact soon.

“He’s right on the cusp,” Bielema said. “I think he re­ally wanted to go to­day, but we felt it was just bet­ter to hold him. He went through full-speed warmups.

“I think next week we’ll in­volve him for sure in the heavy work­days and find out ex­actly where he is.”

Mazza im­presses

With ju­nior kicker Cole Hed­lund miss­ing the scrim­mage to rest a groin in­jury, fresh­man walk-on Blake Mazza hit 5 of 5 field goals from 36, 25, 24, 23 and 30 yards.

Coach Bret Bielema praised Mazza not only for his ac­cu­racy but also for his hon­esty.

“I saw him hit one low, and I went, ‘What did you do, bro?’ ” Bielema said. “He said, ‘I hit the ground first.’ So at least he’s hon­est. It still went through.

“But he’s a kid that’s kind of ex­cit­ing. We’ve put a lot of pres­sure on him, and he’s han­dled it well.”

Sopho­more Con­nor Lim­pert hit 1 of 2 field goals. He made a 26-yarder and missed from 31 yards out when the ball hit the left up­right.

Bielema said he ex­pects Hed­lund to re­turn to prac­tice Mon­day.

Open prac­tice

The Ra­zor­backs will hold an open prac­tice Sat­ur­day as part of Fan Day ac­tiv­i­ties on cam­pus. Fans can en­ter Gate 1 at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium be­gin­ning at 1 p.m., and the prac­tice will be open un­til 2 p.m.

Park­ing is free and avail­able in lots all along Ra­zor­back Road, but UA of­fi­cials rec­om­mend lots 72, 73, 73A, 74, the FB lot and the Meadow Street Park­ing Garage, which are clos­est to Gate 1.

Fan Day ac­tiv­i­ties will take place in­side Walker Pavil­ion be­gin­ning at 2:30p.m.

In case of in­clement weather, the open out­door prac­tice will be can­celed.

FAMU bus­ing

The Florida A&M foot­ball team is rid­ing buses to its Aug. 31 game against Arkansas in Lit­tle Rock, the Tal­la­has­see Demo­crat re­ported.

The Rat­tlers will leave Tal­la­has­see on the morn­ing of Aug. 30 for the 673-mile trip, which is ex­pected to take 10 hours.

Florida A&M’s guar­an­tee for the game is about $750,000, Ath­letic Direc­tor Mil­ton Over­ton Jr. told the Demo­crat.


(11), shown dur­ing drills last week, was beaten on a long pass in man-to-man cov­er­age dur­ing Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage by fresh­man re­ceiver Koilan Jack­son.


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