Razorbacks Watch

FIRST DOWN: Youngblood Gets Tight End Work Arkansas redshirt freshman Jim Youngblood was working at a new position during Friday's practice: Tight end.

Youngblood, who entered the preaseason third on the depth chart at quarterback, ran routes with the tight ends throughout practice. Running backs coach Tim Horton said Arkansas asked Youngblood if he wanted to try playing the position and the Camden native agreed to make the move.

"He jumped on it because I think he sees it as an opportunity to play," Horton said. "I think one of our jobs is to give kids the quickest opportunity to get on the field. Right now that might be Jim's quickest opportunity."

Youngblood is regarded as an athletic player who would have no trouble making a move to another position, and at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he resembles a tight end.

Quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said Youngblood's work at tight end isn't necessarily permanent. But for now, Arkansas appears ready to enter the season with Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and freshman Brandon Mitchell at quarterback.

"We just wanted to check him out today (at tight end). It's really no big deal at all," McGee said, adding that Youngblood was given a shot at the new position because tight end Chris Gragg recently had season-ending ankle surgery. "Jim is a good athlete."


• Running back Broderick Green missed another practice Friday because of an illness. Horton said Green, who has been sidelined most of the week, has had a "really high temperature" that was measured at 103 on Thursday.

However, Horton said Green was able to participate in position meetings before Friday's practice. He's hopeful the back could return to the field as early as today.

• Safety Anthony Leon missed practice with an injury, while cornerbacks Rudell Crim and David Gordon wore yellow, non-contact jerseys. Crim has been slowed by a deep neck stinger, though X-rays came back negative for anything more serious.

"I'm feeling a lot better. I'm anxious to get all my feeling back now," Crim said. "I'm close to full strength."

• Running back De'Anthony Curtis spent some time working with Arkansas' receivers Friday. Horton said Anthony hasn't been moved to the position. Instead, the Razorbacks are hoping he could help the team in the slot this season, earning some time in a running back/receiver hybrid role.

• Arkansas will scrimmage in Reynolds Razorback Stadium this morning. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 8:50 a.m. and will be one of the last chances for players to impress.

"It's getting to be crunch time and pecking order time so to speak," Horton said about the running backs.


The hot topic that no one seemed to want to talk about at Arkansas' practice on Friday was the fight that broke out the previous day between offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and defensive end Tenarius Wright.

Arkansas defensive players were made available to the media after practice, but Wright wasn't allowed to speak. Meanwhile, other players were told by Arkansas media relation officials not to address the fight that came during a goal-line drill on Thursday morning.

Still, several players talked about the fight.

"Things just get heated sometimes when the competition really gets intense," Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin said. "Some guys just got a little steamed, and of course, you saw what happened. We are a team, just trying to keep everything together."

Arkansas safety Matt Harris said no ill will remains from the fight, which went on for several moments before Love and Wright were separated. Both were kicked out of practice after throwing punches.

"It's a contact sport, stuff happens. It's never hard feelings," Harris said. "We came out here today, we're all friends again. I mean, this is our family. We're all we got out here."

And best of all, there were no skirmishes at Friday's practice.

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