Hogs Preparing For Long Scrimmage

Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick has only known coach Bobby Petrino for nine months.

But that's more than enough for the senior to realize what the Razorbacks could be facing today.

"It will probably be one of those 100 play scrimmages," Dick said. "That's what he loves."

Arkansas will hold its first scrimmage of the preseason this morning at 9 and, if the spring was any indication, the Razorbacks could be on the field a long time. Arkansas scrimmages as many as 180 plays last spring, pushing players to the limit.

"That's the way it works," quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said. "It's that time of the season. Vacation is over. You're in training camp now.

"The key right now is to push yourself to the limit."

Arkansas still has plenty to sort out in the next three weeks and will continue to address those issues today. The Hogs need to find starters at linebacker and depth on defense. They also want to improve their efficiency and execution on offense.

It addition, it will be the first chance for Arkansas to see its freshmen in game-like situations.

So Petrino said there's plenty to get done today.

"We look for execution," he said. "We want to see guys that can do what we ask them to do. We want to see guys playing with full speed, running hard to the ball on defense and executing on offense.

"We'll really look at depth. ... We're evaluating players and seeing who we can count on and who we don't think we can count on."



Grayson With Starters

Arkansas guard Wade Grayson worked with the first-team offense Saturday, replacing senior Mitch Petrus. But the sophomore joked that the move might not have been about his performance.

"They just wanted Petrus, I think, to work a little bit harder, Grayson said. "So they were trying to put someone there to get him pissed off a little."

Grayson has been working at both guard and center with Arkansas trying to cross-train a few players this preseason. The sophomore is hoping the Saturday promotion was a sign he has caught offensive line coach Mike Summers' attention.

"I think that training camp is all about finding out what people can do and how they handle different situations," Summers said. "So the opportunity to play guys that do well and put guys in certain pressure situations is always available."



Lampkin Returns After Scary Injury

Defensive tackle Brandon Lampkin walked on the sidelines during the afternoon practice, showing no signs of the neck and back injury that forced him to be carried off the field on a stretcher a day earlier.

The redshirt freshman was injured Friday and an ambulance was called after he experienced pain in his neck. He was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center and released Friday night.

Lampkin's injury was described as a cervical spine sprain and his return to the field remains uncertain. But he mingled with teammates Saturday.

"Good news on Brandon, of course. That's a good thing," Petrino said. "He spent a lot of time down at the emergency room (Friday) night, but he's doing well and he's had lunch (Saturday) and smiling."



More Injury News

Arkansas was without some of its top offensive weapons on Saturday. Tight end D.J. Williams, wide receiver Joe Adams — as well as defensive end Jake Bequette — missed practice because of injuries that will likely keep them out today.

"I don't think D.J. will (scrimmage). I think he'll need another day off," Petrino said. "He just got dinged a little bit. We're just being cautious."

Meanwhile, wide receiver Rod Coleman returned after missing the past few days with a hand injury.



Chaisson Asks For Release

Redshirt freshman Joe Chaisson has asked for his release after getting lost in the mix at receiver.

A former high school quarterback out of Beaumont, Texas, Chaisson was moved to receiver after arriving on campus in 2007. But he worked with the scout team last season, and the chances of playing this season didn't look promising.



Stumon Helping Out

Defensive tackle Van Stumon spent a portion of Saturday morning's practice working with the first-team at defensive end.

The sophomore, who was moved from end to tackle this preseason, was filling in for Bequette.

"I'm really excited about being out there," Stumon said. "We had a few players go down so (defensive tackles) coach (Bobby) Allen asked me to step up and I'm just trying to."



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