Petrino Holds Unexpected Scrimmage

Arkansas held its first scrimmage of the fall on Sunday. Three days later, the team took part in a second scrimmage — albeit unofficially.

Rather than going through a standard practice on Wednesday morning, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino decided to bring his team inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium for a 107-play scrimmage.

Quarterback Casey Dick, who struggled toward the end of the first scrimmage, looked more consistent Wednesday while connecting with wide receivers London Crawford and Lucas Miller on several big plays.

"I told everybody last week it would probably take a little bit of time for everybody to get back into the groove," Dick said. "And I just felt like it got a little quicker and we were able to get to our checks a little faster (Wednesday)."

Arkansas didn't provide reporters with statistics, but Dick unofficially finished 13-of-16 passing for 238 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Crawford scored on a 47-yard catch when he came across the middle, hauled in a pass from Dick and sprinted down the left side for a touchdown. Miller, meanwhile, had four catches to eclipse the 150-yard mark.

Petrino said it was apparent that the offense executed better than it had in the first scrimmage. The Razorbacks held a typical practice indoors on Wednesday afternoon.

"I thought (Dick) threw the ball well. He's starting to distribute it," Petrino said. "I think he's getting back and being more comfortable with the timing, a little rusty when we got going right off the bat."

Curtis Sidelined

The offense was missing an important newcomer Wednesday, when running back De'Anthony Curtis was sidelined with a sprained knee.

The freshman underwent an imaging scan on the knee to determine the extent of the injury, and Petrino said the results were "good."

"It's not a serious injury," Petrino said. "It's just a matter of time when he'll be back. Joe Sheehan, our trainer, said he's already ahead of schedule.

"He's very eager to get back on the field. We've just got to be smart enough to make sure it's completely healed before he's back out."

Freshman Dennis Johnson and junior Brandon Barnett earned more carries during Wednesday's practices in Curtis' absence.

Petrino said Curtis could miss up to two weeks, but added "he says he'll definitely beat that."

Lampkin, Davie Back

Arkansas may have lost Curtis, but two other players were back on the field Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Brandon Lampkin went through some light contact nearly a week after he went to the hospital with a cervical spine sprain. Position coach Bobby Allen said Lampkin was "excited" to be back and the Razorbacks will keep an eye on him the next few days.

"Joe has told us (to) let him come out and practice, but limit his reps and see how he feels, take it day to day," Allen said. "Hopefully (today) he's going to be fine. It might be, come this weekend, we're not talking about it anymore."

Tight end Andrew Davie also returned after missing Tuesday with a sprained left shoulder.

"I didn't know before I came out here what it was going to be like," Davie said. "I was a little tentative at first, but I got a little warm up in and felt pretty good. The strength isn't all three right now, but it will come."

Closed Scrimmage

Petrino said Saturday's scrimmage will be closed to both fans and the media.

A relatively small gathering of reporters and fans watched on Sunday, as the Razorbacks held their first scrimmage of the fall. But Petrino said the team has too much to do to open the scrimmage up to the public.

"That one is closed," Petrino said. "We've got a lot of work to do there."

Quick Hits

• Receiver Carlton Salters missed the morning scrimmage with an unknown injury, but was back on the field in the afternoon.

• Safety Rashaad Johnson intercepted a pass early that glanced off the hands of receiver Jarius Wright early in Wednesday's scrimmage.

• Freshman receiver Greg Childs caught two touchdown passes during the scrimmage from quarterbacks Nathan Dick and Tyler Wilson.

• Defensive tackle Ernest Mitchell practiced once Wednesday. Petrino said that will be his routine while he recovers from knee surgery.

— Alex Abrams and Robbie Neiswanger

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