Morgan stands out in open scrimmage

Drew Morgan stood out during situational drills in Arkansas' open practice Saturday.

Drew Morgan stood out during situational drills in Arkansas' open practice Saturday.

Morgan had 5 catches for 115 yards before the scrimmage as the Razorbacks worked on specific plays for down and distance. Morgan's highlights included a diving 45-yard catch and touchdown receptions of 25 and 17 yards.

Morgan beat cornerback Jared Collins on a post route for the first touchdown. The second score came on a good pass from Brandon Allen between safety Rohan Gaines and cornerback Carroll Washington in the corner of the end zone.

All of Morgan's receptions came working with the first-team offense, which was quarterbacked by Allen. The redshirt junior looked good in situational work and completed 2 of 5 passes for 46 yards during an abbreviated scrimmage.

Allen was also under center for a 2-minute drill at the end of scrimmage. He completed a pair of passes for 27 yards after a 3-yard run by Korliss Marshall, but the drive stalled after a pair of incomplete passes and a Jamichael Winston sack.

Austin Allen competed 4 of 7 passes during the scrimmage for 42 yards. The backup quarterback's highlight of the day was an on-the-spot deep ball for 48 yards to Damon Mitchell.

Rafe Peavey struggled during situational drills, under throwing receivers on three separate occasions. Peavey was 6-for-6 during the scrimmage for 31 yards and also had a pair of runs totaling 13 yards.

Arkansas worked more on its pass game than its rush game Saturday. Running back Alex Collins was held out of the scrimmage with a groin injury that head coach Bret Bielema said wasn't serious.

Jonathan Williams was held out after "tweaking" his hamstring, Bielema said, during situational work. Williams was hit hard by linebacker Braylon Mitchell and was rolled up by safety Alan Turner.

Marshall had 2 carries for 4 yards during the scrimmage after a couple of 7-yard runs in situational drills. Kody Walker, Patrick Arinze and Denzel Evans had fumbles during situational work.

Freshman linebacker Randy Ramsey was in on several tackles during situational drills. He also had a fumble recovery and recorded two called sacks. Quarterbacks couldn't be tackled to the ground.


-Backup quarterback Austin Allen fumbled three snaps under center while working with backup center Frank Ragnow.

-Brandon Allen completed 12 of 21 passes for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns in combined situational and scrimmage plays.

-Austin Allen completed a combined 16 of 19 passes for 170 yards.

-Cornerback Tevin Mitchel and defensive linemen Brandon Lewis and Mitchell Loewen were held out while recovering from off-season surgeries. Receiver JoJo Robinson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (ankle) were also held out with minor injuries.

-Linebacker Braylon Mitchell and defensive tackle DeMarcus Hodge were pulled out of the scrimmage because of heat exhaustion.

-Fullback Patrick Arinze injured his shoulder on a big collision with safety Davyon McKinney during situational drills.

-Cornerback Carroll Washington worked as the team's nickel back. D.J. Dean worked as the boundary cornerback during nickel situations.

-Keon Hatcher had the longest reception during the scrimmage on a 41-yard pass from Brandon Allen.

-Tight end A.J. Derby lined up at fullback during one set.

-Saturday is the first day of two-a-day practices. The team will have an all-special teams practice Saturday night.

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