Hogs get 3-4 in­stall quickly

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Tom Mur­phy

FAYET­TEVILLE — Arkansas Ra­zor­backs de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Rhoads put the in­stal­la­tion of the team’s new 3-4 schemes on fast for­ward the first week of train­ing camp.

Now there’s some fine-tun­ing and blitz pack­ages be­ing added af­ter Sat­ur­day’s first scrim­mage.

“Like coach Rhoads said, we had seven straight days of in­stall and he’s never been able to do that be­fore,” ju­nior safety San­tos Ramirez said Sat­ur­day. “That’s a credit to the de­fense be­cause we were able to pick it up, from the spring and learn­ing it to now we’re able to ap­ply it.”

De­fen­sive end McTelvin Agim said the only ad­di­tion in Mon­day’s work was a check against an empty back­field.

“We’ve al­ready made all our in­stall for the sea­son, I be­lieve,” Agim said. “We might throw some more things in there, more kinks, more pres­sures off of cer­tain calls, but we put all our in­stall in non­stop.”

The Ra­zor­backs ran a base four-man front last sea­son and the switch has moved some play­ers around, but the progress has been sig­nif­i­cant said “Hog” line­backer Karl Roesler, who played end and line­backer the past cou­ple of years.

“We haven’t in­stalled any­thing the past cou­ple of days,” Roesler said. “We just had a lit­tle check for empty be­cause the of­fense put in their empty set.

“But yeah, coach Rhoads was ec­static. He said he’d never gone seven days of straight in­stall. His other teams couldn’t han­dle it, but we were able to do it and he was very proud of us.”

Chase pur­suit

Se­nior safety De’An­dre

Co­ley iden­ti­fied him­self as the player who got out of po­si­tion and missed a tackle on fresh­man Chase Hay­den’s 65-yard run against the first unit.

“I missed that tackle, so I’ve gotta make that,” Co­ley said.

Co­ley was im­pressed by Hay­den, a 5-10, 191-pounder and the team’s fastest run­ning back who seems tar­geted for play­ing time be­hind Devwah Wha­ley and David Wil­liams.

“I see him play­ing right away,” Co­ley said. “He’s a good player.”

Backup QBs

Quar­ter­backs coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos called the com­pe­ti­tion for backup quar­ter­back be­tween Ty Storey and Cole Kel­ley very close.

“Both of them have been very good,” Enos said. “I don’t have a lot of com­plaints about how they’ve played. It’s not like we’re sit­ting there go­ing, ‘Oh my gosh, nei­ther guy can do it.’ Right now we’re say­ing they’re both pretty good.

“They both need to con­tinue to get bet­ter in some ar­eas that will come with reps and ev­ery­thing. But they’re close, and this week is go­ing to be a big week for both of them.”

Storey, a red­shirt sopho­more who played spar­ingly in three games last year, com­pleted 8 of 14 passes for 42 yards in Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage. Kel­ley red­shirted last sea­son and com­pleted 9 of 14 passes for 65 yards Sat­ur­day.

Good po­si­tion

Ju­nior cor­ner­back Ryan Pul­ley was prac­ti­cally glued to re­ceiver Koilan Jack­son on the fresh­man’s 45-yard touch­down pass from Car­son Proc­tor in Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage.

“I was in a great po­si­tion,” Pul­ley said. “I was in so good of a po­si­tion that I looked the wrong way and the ball just dropped right on my head. I should have looked over my left shoul­der. But he made a good play. Shout out to Koilan.”

De­fen­sive cap­tain Kevin Richard­son said Pul­ley knew im­me­di­ately what had hap­pened.

“He said, ‘You know it’s not go­ing to hap­pen again,’ and we all know it’s not go­ing to hap­pen again,” Richard­son said. “He holds him­self to a higher stan­dard.”

Said Pul­ley, “I just told my team­mates that the next one was go­ing to be picked. That’s all I told them. That was a good throw by the quar­ter­back and a great catch by Koilan.”

Allen tout

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dan Enos liked what he saw out of quar­ter­back Austin Allen, who com­pleted 19 of 23 passes for 304 yards and a touch­down against the sec­ond-team de­fense dur­ing Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage.

“I love the way Austin played,” Enos said. “I loved his poise, and I loved his pocket pos­ture and de­meanor. I loved the way he was get­ting off his first and get­ting to his sec­ond and third guys. He was very quick and de­ci­sive.”

Like K-Rich

Walk-on Grant Mor­gan has taken sub­stan­tial first­team reps in camp at weak­side line­backer with Dre Green­law tak­ing it easy in his re­cov­ery from foot surgery. Mor­gan would like to make an as­cent com­pa­ra­ble to de­fen­sive cap­tain Kevin Richard­son, also a former walk-on.

“That makes a big thing in my heart to know that I can look up to some­body like that,” said Mor­gan, a red­shirt fresh­man and brother of former Ra­zor­back re­ceiver Drew Mor­gan. “Be­cause I look at Drew and think, yeah, he also was un­der­rated. But then when I look at Kevin Richard­son, he was very un­der­rated. He came as a walk-on, and now he’s at the top of the top be­cause of his mind­set.”

Did he score?

Scrim­mages some­times make for tough de­ci­sions for the pure statis­ti­cian. One ex­am­ple is La’Michael Pettway’s catch on the 18th snap for the first­team of­fense in Sat­ur­day’s scrim­mage.

Pettway got deep past fresh­man cor­ner­back Kam­ren Curl and was fight­ing for the end zone af­ter Curl caught up to him in­side the 5. The of­fi­cials ruled Pettway down at the 1, though some in the sta­dium were in­clined to rule the play a touch­down.

“I felt like I got in,” Pettway said. “We’ve got this big thing about put­ting the ball over the goal line, so I didn’t want to do that be­cause the coaches were harp­ing on that pretty hard. But I re­ally felt like I got in.”

Did he score 2?

Four snaps af­ter La’Michael Pettway’s 65yard catch, tail­back Chase Hay­den turned a plugged hole into a long gainer against the first unit on de­fense. The swift fresh­man took the hand­off on an in­side zone play, juked a de­fender, bounced around left end and got to the side­line with cor­ners Henre To­liver and Ryan Pul­ley in hot pur­suit.

The of­fi­ci­at­ing crew ruled To­liver pushed Hay­den out of bounds at the 9 af­ter a 65-yard gain. Hay­den, who tight-roped the side­line, went into the end zone, and the coach­ing staff called it a touch­down.

“Well, I thought they called me out of bounds, but every­body else said at the end they raised their hands, so it’s a touch­down,” Hay­den said. “I thought they called me out of bounds at first, too.”




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