Hogs Making Contact In Practice

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas won't hold its next spring scrimmage until Saturday, but that didn't keep the Razorbacks from hitting each other on Thursday.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino had his players run through full-contact drills that resembled a scrimmage during the evening practice.

Eleven players lined up on each side of the ball, and every offensive player was allowed to be hit, except for the quarterbacks.

"The defense was flying around. I thought they did a good job early and then the offense came on the longer it went," Petrino said. "But (we've) still got a long ways to go."

Wide receiver Marques Wade enjoyed one of the highlights of the "scrimmage" when he caught a short pass, burst to the outside and outran the defense down the sideline.

But several other Razorbacks had a difficult time holding onto the football. The wide receivers dropped a few passes thrown their way, and running back Chip Gregory struggled to take handoffs from backup quarterback Alex Mortensen.

"We had a couple drops, which we don't normally have. It was a combination of the ball not being there right on time and (receivers) not going down and making the catches," Petrino said.

"Sometimes, the receiver has to make the quarterback better by being able to make hard catches. And sometimes, the quarterback has to make the receiver better by putting the ball on him more. So we weren't as sharp as we need to be in the passing game."

Throwing Motion

Mortensen, who has emerged as the backup to starting quarterback Casey Dick, is known for his unusual throwing motion in which he "shot-puts" the football.

But Arkansas quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said he wants to overhaul Mortensen's technique to make it look more fundamentally sound.

"We're going to try to change it. We want everyone of our quarterbacks to throw the ball technically the way that you're supposed to throw the football," McGee said. "(I) feel like that puts more steam on the ball; you're more accurate when you throw it the right way."

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