After a week off for spring break, Arkansas' football team will get back to spring practice on Tuesday with the fourth of 15 workouts allowed by the NCAA.
While that practice will be closed to media and fans – as have all workouts so far – there are a few of the Razorbacks' top recruiting prospects that have been given a chance to see the new staff in action.
One of those is Charleston sophomore quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 215), who passed for 4,446 yards and 49 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes this past season and being named the state's 2012 co- sophomore of the year along with former Bryant and current North Little Rock wideout K.J. Hill.
"I got a chance to see how they worked as a staff in practice and was very impressed," Storey said. "They are very organized, get a lot of reps in and don't waste any time. I also got a chance to sit in on some meetings with (Razorback offensive coordinator) Coach (Jim) Chaney and learned a lot about what they are trying to do with their offense and that's be very balanced.
"The one thing that is clear is there is going to be more play action and stuff under the center than there has been lately," Storey added. "I really think he is going to help the quarterbacks Arkansas has up there to have a more balanced attack."
Storey took in the last spring practice before the break - which was the first padded one - along with Arkansas' two big-time junior defensive tackles in Springdale Har-Ber's Josh Frazier and El Dorado's Bijohn Jackson, a Razorback commit.
"They got after it," Storey said. "There were a lot of drills and you can see they want toughness."
Chaney had credibility with Storey before they had even met back in early March as he was one of several in-state prospects invited up to meet the new coaches and go to the Arkansas-Kentucky basketball game.
"He is a great coach and obviously he has coached guys like (New Orleans quarterback) Drew Brees and other guys that are in the NFL so he knows what he is doing," Storey said. "I got a chance to watch him work with the (Arkansas) quarterbacks in practice on their footwork and their drops. Clearly he knows what he is doing."
Storey, who has an offer from Arkansas State and interest from Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma and Mississippi State to name a few, also got to spend time after the practice with Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.
"After the practice, he and I talked for about five minutes," Storey said. "I'm really happy about developing my relationship with these coaches."
Storey put the ball in the air 503 times this season with just 11 interceptions against the 49 touchdowns and had games of 553 yards against Gentry, 545 against Lamar and coming close another time with 497 yards against Lavaca.
He threw for seven touchdowns against both Gentry and Lavaca and six against Paris.
Storey finished his season despite knowing he had torn cartilage in his knee and then found out after the season that he also played with a torn ACL – that was repaired by famed surgeon James Andrews of Birmingham, both of which he has been rehabbing during the off-season.
"It's coming along really well and Doctor Andrews said it is as good as could be expected now," Storey said, "I am actually going to be able to go to a Nike Camp and the Elite 11 camp in Dallas in two weeks. I won't be running, but I will be able to throw and show what I can do with my arm. I am pretty excited about getting the opportunity to compete."
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