Hedlund Perfect in Thursday Kicking

Cole Hedlund had a solid start to Thursday's practice. Here are some tidbits from an open session for the media over the first 20 minutes.

Arkansas returned to the practice field on Thursday on a beautiful, blue bird afternoon. It was 68 degrees with a slight breeze. The first 20 minutes were open to the media.

After practice, there will be some defensive front liners come to the interview room. Tuesday is the second practice of the 15 allowed in the spring. The Hogs have not put on pads. That will come on Saturday when head coach Bret Bielema has hinted that there may be a limited scrimmage.

The first order of the day was field goal work, as Bielema has promised that he's going to put extensive pressure on his three kickers. Cole Hedlund was with the first group. It appeared he hit four straight field goals. Both Adam McFain and Lane Saling had misses.

Both Hjalte Froholdt and Zach Rogers got time with the protection unit in punt. Toby Baker hit towering punts. Blake Johnson also hit some good punts, but Baker was the better punter in what I saw. Jared Cornelius took the punts as the deep return man.

The offensive line shapes up this way: First unit, RT Dan Skipper, RG Jalen Merrick, C Frank Ragnow, LG Hjalte Froholdt, LT Brian Wallace. Second unit: RT Johnny Gibson, RG Cooper Sone, C Zach Rogers, LG Deion Malone, LT Colton Jackson. Sone is a walk-on from Fayetteville.

It appears that Will Gragg is working as the second tight end behind Jeremy Sprinkle, but there are times that Austin Cantrell is at H-back, paired with Sprinkle with the ones. That is going to be an important position, the guys right behind Sprinkle because Dan Enos does like to run personnel groupings with multiple tight ends.

Defensively, it's a good looking group at defensive line and it looks to me that Taiwan Johnson is quicker as he tries to challenge Bijohn Jackson at nose guard.


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