Crawford Makes Impression With Catch

By Alex Abrams and Ryan Malashock FAYETTEVILLE -- The ball came out of Nathan Emert's hand, and London Crawford could immediately sense an adjustment was needed.

With Shedrick Johnson blanketing Crawford in the end zone, the sophomore wide receiver didn't initially move. He just thought of his position coach, Alex Wood. "Coach Wood has always told me, 'When the ball is in the air, make sure it's yours.'" Crawford said. "When the ball went in the air, all I could think about was Coach Wood." His split-second thought of Wood was followed by a remarkable jump and catch. Crawford leapt over Johnson and held on for a 5-yard touchdown reception. His only catch of the Red-White spring game capped an impressive spring for the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Mobile, Ala. "He went to another level for that one," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "I've been really proud of him all spring." With his consistent showing this spring, Crawford has put himself in position to compete for the starting flanker spot opposite senior Marcus Monk. "The competition has been really good," Crawford said. "You have me. You have RoJo (Robert Johnson) pushing me. You have (Reggie) Fish pushing RoJo. It's great competition, and even though we're competing, we've bonded. "We push each other and we keep each other up." Cleveland Shows Bigger Offensive Role Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee made a conscious effort this spring to get sophomore Ben Cleveland more involved in the offense. That was apparent during the Red-White spring game. Cleveland, the former Springdale High star, caught two passes for 52 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Casey Dick. "Coach Lee does a good job, and the coaching staff does, to get the ball into someplace for me to be successful in," Cleveland said. Cleveland said he had a "tough" time while going through his first spring with the Razorbacks. He has had to battle through a lingering toe injury, a pulled quadriceps, a hurt hip and a nerve in his neck. "I'm battling everyday through injuries," said Cleveland, who has also had to adjust working at fullback and H-back, as well as tight end. Davis' Struggles Continue Kicker Jeremy Davis thought he had corrected the mistakes that contributed to him missing 7-of-13 field goals last season. But the Fort Smith native showed Saturday that he still has problems with his accuracy. He made only 3-of-7 field-goal attempts during the scrimmage, and he made only 1-of-4 attempts from 40 yards or beyond. "I had been missing right, if I was missing last season," Davis said. "I tried to correct that, and I did and I missed every single one today to the left. "I guess I've just got to go back and find somewhere in between that." Backups Joel Hall and Brian Vavra didn't do too much better. As a whole, Arkansas' kickers went 5-of-11 on field-goal attempts of 35, 37, 40 and 42 yards. Present At Razorfest There was plenty of entertainment outside of Reynolds Razorback Stadium to keep fans occupied beginning at noon Saturday, six hours before the Red-White spring game. Several games were set up, such as basketball and football. Several bands played music. A variety of food options were available. And many former Arkansas players were present signing autographs. A couple handful of players from Arkansas' 1964 National Championship team signed autographs, including former Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson. Former Arkansas quarterbacks such as Joe Ferguson, Anthony Lucas, Clint Stoerner and Scott Bull were present, as were Dallas Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt   Jones. Johnson spoke to Arkansas' players in the afternoon.

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