Quarterback Austin Allen Leads Hogs Into Spring Drills

Arkansas opened spring football practice Tuesday with junior quarterback Austin Allen leading the way. Here's some early takes after the first 20 minutes of the workout.

The first four periods of Tuesday's practice were open to the media. It's the first day of spring drills for Arkansas.

It's clear that quarterback Austin Allen and offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, a pair of juniors, are among the leaders of the offense. They were the guys leading the way as they went through their paces in the early segments of practice that were open.

The quarterbacks tossed the ball around in the early goings and there is good arm strength with all of them. Allen has plenty of zip on the ball, but none seemed to have the extreme zip that was noticeable two weeks ago when the graduated Brandon Allen went through his paces at pro day.

It was the first time for Ricky Town to be seen in Arkansas workouts. Everything was closed by the point he arrived on campus after transferring from Southern California. Town has a good arm, but it isn't any better than Austin Allen or the other returnees at quarterback, Rafe Peavey and Ty Storey.

One thing noticeable with the defense that's a touch from new secondary coach Paul Rhoads is the stripes on all helmets. Rhoads wants to check eye movement and putting the stripes on the helmets of the corners and safeties will be helpful in tape review. Of course, Arkansas helmets for games will not have helmets.

It's a good looking defense with quickness and speed. It would appear that the winter conditioning left no fat anywhere with the Razorbacks. Ragnow is bigger, by about 10 pounds. But he's cut and ripped with sharp angles.

There will be a full report after practice Tuesday evening when offensive players will be available for interviews following practice.

New offensive line coach Kurt Anderson pushes players through opening drills.

Wideout Dominique Reed prepares for the first day of spring drills.

Head coach Bret Bielema directs traffic in a punt coverage drill.


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