A much anticipated "major" scrimmage on Thursday didn't turn out to be much as far as length. The Arkansas football team scrimmaged for 27 plays to cap a 90-minute workout.
"We had the ones go against the ones for awhile at the start, but we have a lot of guys banged up ... a lot of beat up shoulders ... and we decided to stop and save everyone for Saturday," said Houston Nutt, the UA head coach.
"I was impressed with the defense. They brought it today and really moved around. They made some hits and they got the best of the offense today. The linebackers were really quick and made some plays today."
There was only one touchdown, a 50-yard bomb from Ryan Sorahan to George Wilson against the second defense. Sorahan and Wilson were the only front liners on the field for that play. Wilson beat Dionis Harvey, a walkon cornerback. Otherwise, the defense dominated.
Nutt announced that injured defensive regulars Tony Bua and Jimmy Beasley would serve as honorary head coaches in Saturday's spring finale, a scrimmage game set for noon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"It will be a shortened game, a fun deal," Nutt said. "We won't tackle the quarterbacks and the punt returns will not be live. But, we will have kickoffs and everything else that you'd see in a game."
Nutt conceded that the Hogs have had "a good spring" and are done for the most part. They will have a brief practice Friday before wrapping up their 15th workout on Saturday.
Cedric Washington and Ryan Sorahan (10) conduct interviews after the scrimmage.
Coaches dot the stands at Thursday's scrimmage as the UA clinic was underway.
Running back De'Arrius Howard fights for yardage as Shawn Andrews sends Desmond Sims flying.
Construction on the west side of the stadium is starting as the foundation works begins on the facade.
Photos by Clay Henry