Saturday's defensive star will get a chance to make even more plays during the next week of practices performing after getting it done during the first scrimmage of his college career.
Arkansas true freshman linebacker Randy Ramsey (6-4, 224) had six tackles, a sack, three tackles for lost yardage and a fumble recovery in a performance that stood out.
“It was my first scrimmage obviously facing those guys with full pads on and I had a great day,” Ramsey said. “I had a couple of tackles and a couple of tackles for lost yardage. I've got to just keep working, keep playing hard, keep making plays and I'll earn my time.”
Razorback linebackers coach Randy Shannon, who has known Ramsey since the ninth grade, expects that is what he is going to do.
“He is a big guy that is fast and can run,” Shannon said. “You take a look at what he did in track this season. He was a long jumper that went to the state and ran on 4 x 100 on the second leg of their relay team. He is a fast guy that is very explosive. He brings a lot of energy and excitement, but like anything he is learning. The one thing he is doing is chasing the football ball hard and he is playing with a sense of urgency.”
Ramsey, who chose Arkansas over Miami, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Rutgers, said he is just listening to Shannon and Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith tell him and trying to put that in action.
“Coach Smith stresses details like press the hip, bite the ball in every meeting,” Ramsey said. “When I am on the field, I hear those words – bite the ball, bite the ball. Every time I see the ball I just try to bite it.”
Shannon noted that the film showed Ramsey deserved to get some increase responsibilities.
“We are going to elevate his reps in practice because he had an unbelievable scrimmage yesterday so he deserves more reps,” Shannon said. “We are excited about that opportunity to give him a chance.”
Ramsey has been excited about how the older linebackers have rallied around him.
“The older guys real cool,” Ramsey said. “They are helping me with the playbook, teaching me the things I need to know to be successful on the field. They have been just real helpful.”
He has become keenly aware of how getting in the playbook is huge on the college level.
“To be successful on this level, learning the playbook is the biggest detail,” Ramsey said. “It doesn't have so much to do with size or speed. If you are in the right spot at the right time, then you will make plays.”
Ramsey's cousin is current Indianapolis Colts defensive back Darius Butler a former UConn football star.
“We talk from time to time,” Ramsey said. “ He just tells me to keep my head up and keep grinding and I'll get to where I want to go.”
Ramsey has a former high school teammate on the Arkansas campus in sophomore linebacker Josh Williams, who spent a year at Dodge County College.
“It has been a great experience watching him grow,” Williams said. “ Literally he has grown five more inches. He used to be shorter than me. I am like wow that's crazy.”
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