Arkansas Linebackers

Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes gave Hawgs Illustrated his assessment of the linebackers following spring drills. This is part of a series to run over the next week at HI.com.

COACH'S ASSESSENT
Paul Haynes on Linebackers:

Overview: The first two guys are really good football players for us. I think we have to continue improving at that spot through the summer and through fall camp. There is some depth and talent there as you look at that group, but we have to do a better job of studying the game and becoming better players when it comes to football knowledge.

Tenarius Wright
6-2, 252, SR
When you play linebacker you have to have instincts, and he has those. Tenarius' biggest learning curve was his conditioning at linebacker. He was tapping the hat those first couple of days because it was just mind-boggling. He has great instincts at linebacker, and once he gets the fundamentals and techniques down, I think he has a chance to be an all-SEC linebacker.

Alonzo Highsmith
6-1, 233, SR
We were super excited about going into the spring with Alonzo. I think he has attacked his senior year. He is always over here watching film and is always in Coach (Taver) Johnson's office asking questions, and watching film with him. Even while he was sitting there hurt, he was doing those things. He wants to be a great linebacker. Last year, when he got thrown in the fire, he did a good job, but I don't know if he knew what he was doing all of the time. He'll be the first to admit that. I think you'll see him better this year just because he has the experience now and he knows what he's doing.

Matt Marshall
6-1, 230, SR
He plays in a lot of space for us. He'll have to walk out on a No. 2 receiver, so you look for an athletic guy, which Matt is. He does have good size, and is very strong and athletic. He can reroute and tackle well in space.

Jarrett Lake
6-3, 223, JR
When you say pound-for-pound a guy who improved attitude-wise and everything else in the spring, it was Jarrett Lake. We asked him to put on weight. He did it and kept it on, and he's continued to keep it on. He played a lot more mistake-free, so I think he improved a lot for us this spring.

Terrell Williams
6-3, 232, SR
He's played a lot of football for us. I think he improved in the spring. He can run east and west. He's got to continue to work on his instincts and where exactly to fit, but he does have some talent and does have some experience.

Braylon Mitchell
6-3, 232, SO
He plays that will position behind Alonzo. He's got a lot of improvement to do, but he's a hitter and isn't afraid. It's still kind of a work in progress for those guys.

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