With or without his helmet on at Friday afternoon's Arkansas football scrimmage, it will be impossible for fans to not notice new Razorback defensive end Austin Flynn.
Flynn (6-5, 260), who signed with Arkansas and enrolled at mid-term, is sporting a very bushy beard these days.
"It's still here and Coach (Petrino) hasn't said anything about it to me," Flynn said. "I am just going to keep on growing it, trim it up a little bit. But it's still here."
Flynn signed with Arkansas after having 45 tackles – including 11 quarterback sacks – and 21 quarterback hurries last season for Los Angeles (California) Harbor College.
He was brought in to play right away, joining a group rthat now includes Chris Smith (6-3, 251), Trey Flowers (6-4, 243), Flynn, Colton Miles-Nash (6-6, 261) and Horace Arkadie (6-4, 270).
"Right now you have Chris, you have Flynn, you have Flowers all working at the starting positions," Razorback defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said. "They are kind of going back and left and right. Those three guys are working in at the starting positions.
"They are all doing good," Haynes added. "Flynn is coming along for us. For all those guys who haven't been around, the more reps they get the better they are going to get. That is what he kind of shows now."
Flynn will get his chance to shine on Friday afternoon as Arkansas scrimmages as part of an open practice that begins at 3:50 p.m.
"I'm pretty excited," Flynn said. "We all like to hit and that is going to be a great opportunity to get out there and get after it with each other."
Flynn is excited about how the first four days of practice has gone.
"I think it has been going great," Flynn said. "Every day I have been improving at the position that I am playing and everybody else is as well. I feel really good about it. Just got to keep working hard.
"There are just little things that I need to tune up on," Flynn said. "I am getting pretty up to snuff pretty quickly."
He does allow that there are some big differences in a junior college practice and the ones he is now going through at Arkansas.
"It's the tempo of practice and the competition," Flynn said. "Everybody is great here. You have to be on you're a every day. Prove yourself and prove it to the people around you."
The scrimmage will also be a time to see senior Tenarius Wright (6-2, 252), who has made the switch from defensive end to middle linebacker this spring.
"I think he has been great there and he has picked up pretty quickly on that," Flynn said. "I think he can do it really well and I think it will be fun to watch him play there."
Now that he has been in Fayetteville for a couple of months, Flynn feels right at home.
"I love it here," Flynn said. "The people are great, the environment is great, the community is great and I love the fans. I love everybody involved with the team."
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