Bielema: Hogs do ‘good work’

Fan Day spec­ta­tors get to view team dur­ing scrim­mage.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - TOM MUR­PHY

FAYETTEVILLE — Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville Coach Bret Bielema had high praise for quar­ter­back Austin Allen and the emerg­ing tail­back trio of Devwah Wha­ley, David Wil­liams and Chase Hayden af­ter the team’s sec­ond and likely its fi­nal ma­jor scrim­mage of train­ing camp on Sat­ur­day. Bielema opened up the fi­nal 75 min­utes of the scrim­mage to the me­dia and the fi­nal hour to spec­ta­tors at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium on the team’s an­nual Fan Day.

“The scrim­mage it­self … we got a lot of good work

in there, man,” Bielema said. “That was al­most two hours, 45 min­utes of good work, hard work and good com­pe­ti­tion.”

Com­plete statis­tics were unavail­able be­cause the first half of the scrim­mage was closed to me­dia. Allen played half of the scrim­mage, giv­ing backup quar­ter­backs Ty Storey and Cole Kelley chances to work with the No. 1 of­fense.

“Of­fen­sively, Austin again

was re­ally, re­ally pro­duc­tive,” Bielema said. “Very, very ac­cu­rate. Very in con­trol.”

Hayden, who rushed for 123 yards, in­clud­ing a 74-yard touch­down, with the sec­ond unit in last week’s scrim­mage, had 11 car­ries for 65 yards in the part of Sat­ur­day’s work open to the pub­lic.

“Chase Hayden is a guy that be­longs on the field. He’s a guy that stands out. With those three tail­backs, you just go back to what you had in the past,” Bielema said, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the trio of James White, John Clay and Mon­tee Ball he coached at Wis­con­sin in 2010.

White rushed for 1,052 yards, Clay had 1,012 yards and Ball had 996 yards that sea­son.

Bielema said Storey had a stronger full day with the sec­ond-team

of­fense on Tues­day than Kelley had on Wed­nes­day, but the two es­sen­tially re­versed those per­for­mances on Sat­ur­day.

Kelley di­rected a nine­play, 65- yard touch­down drive while work­ing with the starters. There was an 18yard com­ple­tion from Kelley to Jonathan Nance on third and 12 and Deon Stew­art’s 28-yard catch and run to the 3. The drive was capped by Wha­ley’s 3-yard scor­ing run on the next snap.

Storey, with a 20- yard com­ple­tion to Wha­ley down the left side, drove the starters into range for Con­nor Lim­pert’s 53-yard field-goal at­tempt, which was wide.

Storey later threw a deep ball for Jor­dan Jones, but fresh­man cor­ner­back Kam­ren Curl made a div­ing in­ter­cep­tion.

The de­fen­sive starters made plays dur­ing the part of the scrim­mage that was open.

Of note, McTelvin Agim se­cured a safety on a snap from the 4, a combo “sack” by end T.J. Smith and line­backer Randy Ram­sey, a blitz­ing “sack” by line­backer Grant Mor­gan, and a pass breakup in the flats by line­backer Karl Roesler.

In­side lineback­ers Dre Green­law, who is re­turn­ing from foot surgery, and De’Jon Har­ris, who suf­fered a sprained me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment Aug. 5, played ex­clu­sively in the first half.

A large num­ber of de­fen­sive starters were on the field late in the scrim­mage when walk- on quar­ter­back Jack Lind­sey di­rected a 64-yard touch­down drive in 10 plays.

Lind­sey com­pleted 4 of 4 passes for 45 yards on the se­ries, in­clud­ing a 26-yard blitz-beat­ing shot to fresh­man Koilan Jack­son on a third-and-3 play to reach the 6. Two plays later, Lind­sey found tight end Will Gragg

over the left side and Gragg bat­tled across the goal line for the score.

“Jack did a lot of good things, didn’t turn the ball over and made wise de­ci­sions and made a cou­ple of big plays in the throw game,” Bielema said.

Bielema said the Ra­zor­backs might have one more live-tack­ling day next week, with the em­pha­sis on the younger play­ers, be­fore the team’s mock game.

“We’ve tack­led pretty well,” Bielema said. “I’m go­ing to take an assess­ment to­mor­row [Sun­day]. I know coach [Paul] Rhoads and I had a dis­cus­sion of do­ing some­thing next week, maybe on Thurs­day or Wed­nes­day.

“As well as we’ve tack­led, I don’t know how much more we’ll do. Maybe with the younger guys, but the guys that have shown me they can tackle, I’m not overly pressed on that right now.”

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER

Brook­lyn Quinn, 7, re­ceives an au­to­graph from Arkansas wide re­ceiver Jared Cor­nelius on Sat­ur­day dur­ing the Ra­zor­backs’ an­nual Fan Day at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Foot­ball play­ers and coaches as well as the soc­cer and vol­ley­ball teams signed au­to­graphs for fans. Arkansas opens its sea­son Aug. 31 against Florida A&M in Lit­tle Rock.

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