If there was one paragraph I wanted to be able to type after the first day of practice, that was it. The junior college transfer appears to be what the doctor ordered for the Arkansas football team in Bret Bielema's third season.
Reed was among many catching kickoffs so it would seem that Bielema wants to get his speed on the field in multiple areas.
The first 20 minutes of the first practice were open to the media Thursday as the Razorbacks began fall camp. They were in shorts and helmets so there can't be any hitting for a few days.
One of the things that's obvious is that the newcomers pass the eye test. True freshman like Jamario Bell and Willie Sykes look to be terrific athletes.
The linemen reported fit. There are no extra rolls around the stomach. Denver Kirkland is still a massive offensive tackle, but looks like an SEC left tackle. He's quick and strong.
Junior college transfer Jeremiah Ledbetter has benefited from a summer with strength coach Ben Herbert. He has tree trunks for arms. There is nothing but muscle anywhere on his body.
Junior running back Alex Collins was one of the returnees that passed the eye test. Obviously, he's had a good summer and is fit. It appears he's shed a couple of pounds since spring drills.
We will get to talk to Sebastian Tretola, Brandon Allen and Jonathan Williams after practice in a couple of hours.