Hogs Release Roster For Spring Game

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas running backs Brandon Barnett and Chip Gregory will be among a handful of players on Saturday who will get a chance to line up with both the first and second-team offenses.

Arkansas released the rosters on Thursday for the Red-White spring game, which will cap Bobby Petrino's first spring with the Razorbacks.

The Red team consists mostly of expected starters, including quarterback Casey Dick, wide receiver London Crawford and running back Michael Smith. The White team, meanwhile, is made up of backups like wide receiver Crosby Tuck and quarterbacks Nathan Dick and Alex Mortensen.

But there are six players who are listed on both teams' rosters, allowing the coaches to see what the players are capable of when lining up with the different units. That group includes Barnett, Gregory and free safety Rashaad Johnson.

Petrino has said the intrasquad scrimmage will be played like an actual game with tackling.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said one of the things he's hoping to see during the spring game is a limited number of mental mistakes.

"You'd like to find out if you've got people that can play with emotion, but it's controlled emotion, that (players) don't abandon everything they've learned for the last four weeks," Robinson said following Thursday's practice. "That's kind of what we're looking for in the consistency."

There are not many surprises with the rosters. However, defensive end Antwain Robinson, who has been inconsistent at times, is listed with the rest of the starters on the Red team.

The senior has also been practicing with the first-team defense.

"He's earned that right," Robinson said.

Valdez Enjoys Move Up Depth Chart

Arkansas' returning starters were warned before the start of spring practice that no jobs were guaranteed.

Offensive tackle Jose Valdez was among the first veterans to learn that lesson.

The senior was demoted during the first week of spring practice because he had trouble getting a grasp on the new blocking schemes and terminology associated with Arkansas' revamped offense. Like that, junior Michael Aguirre was working with the starters.

"I was all just messed up (with the playbook), but I'm good now," Valdez said. "I earned my spot back, so I'm really happy."

Valdez reclaimed his place as Arkansas' first-team offensive tackle last week after showing a better understanding of the offense. He said he spent more time studying his playbook and learning the new assignments.

"I've seen more effort, more intensity and a better understanding of our offense (for him)," Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers said of Valdez.

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