UA Receivers Still Catching A Lot Of Attention

FAYETTEVILLE -- As the sun danced off their helmets, Arkansas football players went through a spirited workout Saturday.

Although the practice again was closed to the media and public -- at least for the first 15 minutes -- there were glimpses of many positives.

One of the most intriguing observations was the consistent production of the receivers.

That position has been a major topic of conversation for most of the spring.

Among those catching most of the attention is former Fayetteville High all-state pick Cedric Logan, a 6-foot, 179-pound redshirt freshman.

Logan, who caught one pass for 18 yards in last weekend's scrimmage, didn't play last year because of a contusion in his left calf.

"When I came back, I never really was into it like I was before the injury," Logan said. "I feel like I had a big drop-off and I was down on myself and things just didn't work out.

"Man, it feels good to be here this spring. I feel like I'm earning my keep."

So does Hogs receivers coach James Shibest.

"He's made some big improvements," Shibest said. "He started out real slow but he's getting better and better. He's not quite there yet but he's still young. It's real fun to watch young guys get better.

"He's just listening and learning. You can just see all the talent."

Logan, with 4.37 speed in the 40, caught 42 passes for 829 yards and 9 touchdowns his senior season in high school. In addition, he rushed 29 times for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had 1,570 all-purpose yards as a senior, including a punt return, kickoff return and interception return for scores.

Finally, Logan is starting to turn heads in college.

"Man, Logan's had a heck of a spring," said Razorbacks quarterback Cole Barthel. "I don't know ... you probably can count on two fingers the balls he's dropped if he's even dropped them. He's one of the fastest guys we've got, might be the fastest guy on the team.

"He's having one of the best springs out here."


Arkansas did not hold a full-scale scrimmage as planned, but after a disappointing effort Friday, Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt worked in a few periods of scrimmaging at the end of Saturday's practice.

Because of a depleted offensive line, a full scrimmage was aborted. There were, however, about 20 plays of full contact Saturday.

"We didn't feel like we got enough done (Friday)," Nutt said. "We felt like that was a wasted day. Even though we had helmets on, you can get a lot done, but we didn't. We had a little different mindset (Saturday). The guys came out and practiced hard, and a lot of the guys wanted to scrimmage."

Junior safety Randy Kelly closed the session with an interception of a pass tipped by senior safety Vickiel Vaughn.

Nutt singled out a few players for productive performances, including senior fullback Brandon Kennedy, senior linebackers Pierre Brown and Sam Olajubutu, junior defensive end Desmond Sims, senior center Kyle Roper, junior guard Stephen Parker and sophomore tackle Robert Felton.


Former beefy Razorbacks All-American offensive right tackle Shawn Andrews made a cameo appearance at practice Saturday.

Andrews, the No. 1 draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles last year, watched his first practice of the spring.

"This is actually my first time back, seeing my team in over a year," Andrews said. "It's good to be back."

Andrews, a 300-something-pound lineman, started the season opener for the Eagles last September but injured his right ankle, then was put on the injured reserve list the rest of the season.

So Shawn, how's the rehabilitation?

"It's been going great, I think I'm back where I need to be right now," Andrews said. "I've been doing all the drills and just working hard."

Yo Shawn, what about the weight?

"That's undisclosed right now," said Andrews, winking.


Instead of his trademark straw hat, Nutt wore a "RazorFest" baseball cap during Saturday's practice.

"Got to get the fans pumped up for next weekend," Nutt said.

RazorFest is a day-long celebration which concludes spring drills and ends with a 7-on-7 game featuring former Razorbacks players.

"It will not be the spring game that we planned," Nutt said. "It was planned to be a full-blown spring game. With a depleted offensive line, we'll probably have a little practice first.

"We will scrimmage for our fans and we will keep RazorFest going. We want that to happen and we want our fans to be there. It just will not be a 60- to 70-play game we had planned on.

"One day we will get there."

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