Childs is listed first, but offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, the wideout coach, said it could still be that Crawford starts Saturday in the season opener against Missouri State after a strong scrimmage Friday night.
"That's something those two have been battling all camp," Paul Petrino said. "Greg had a real good camp, was ahead of him. This last scrimmage London played a little bit better. So i think this week will determine who steps on the field first and they're both going to play a bunch anyway and keep each other fresh."
Also listen as Clay Henry and Matt Jones discuss the London Crawford-Greg Childs battle for starter.
It's a great situation. It's a position that there is both depth and talent.
"I think that's great," Petrino said. "I think it's a position where we feel as a staff they both can step in there and they're on the boundary (cornerback) one on one a lot. So we feel as a staff that they can keep each other fresh and be dominant over there. And come in and out of the game and always be fresh and run that cornerback into the ground and wear him out. I think that's a positive."
There are a lot of "or" listings at the running back. Michael Smith is the clear starter, but the next four players -- Dennis Johnson, Ronnie Wingo, Broderick Green and Knile Davis -- share the No. 2 spot. Petrino thinks Smith should be fresh with better depth at tailback.
"I think mike can go out there this year and first of all, he'll be fresh," he said. "So when he gets the ball in his hands he can always play fast, play full speed, go beat people a little bit more one on one out in the open field.
"I think that's something we talked to him a lot and I think with him being fresh in the fourth quarter, maybe we can get some longer runs and wear down the guys in the secondary. when you have a couple of good backs, early in the game, when those safeties come up to hit you, bam, we want to punish them. Then come the fourth quarter, they've been getting hit by about four or five different backs but it's the same safety. Then sometimes they mysteriously take a bad angle that fourth quarter and don't get there to make the tackle and that's when you get your long runs."
Broderick Green has overcome a bug to finish camp strong. He was one of the highlights from Friday's scrimmage.
"He had some real nice runs in the critical zone," Petrino said. "He had a couple nice runs in short yardage, and ran with his pads down and was falling forward and looked very powerful. We were real happy with the way he ran the ball."
The defense drew praise from Petrino. He noted it was a strong night for that side of the ball. Defensive end Jake Bequette also said his coaches were pleased. Bequette said it was rated by defensive coaches as the "best scrimmage" of their time at Arkansas.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett said it was typical of the fall. There have been days that the offense outplayed the defense, and good days for the defense, too.
"I think that's what you want for your team, to have some give and take where one side does better than the other," Mallett said. "We felt like there were some things we could have done better (on offense). We felt like some of the things at the start were mistakes we made (on offense)."
Petrino said the offense did better after the first drive.
"It was good," he said. "I think we did a good job executing after the first drive. We did not play real well on offense the very first drive. But after that, we did a nice job of moving the ball. I think (head coach Bobby Petrino) was real happy with the defense. They flew around and hit people and it was a good scrimmage.
"It was competitive. It was probably more snaps and more competitive than sometimes that last scrimmage has been in the past. But it was real good tape that we can watch today with the players and we were happy with it."
Paul Petrino said wide receiver Joe Adams, named the punt returner in the depth chart, did not scrimmage Friday. However, he did run routes in the pre-practice and is ready for the opener.
Among the other notes from the depth chart, Seth Oxner continues to hold the first team center job after playing behind Wade Grayson there in the spring. Ray Dominguez is the leader at weakside tackle. Dominguez missed some of fall camp with an ankle injury, with Grant Freeman taking a lot of first team snaps. But, in the depth chart, Freeman was listed as an "or" on the second team with true freshman Anthony Oden.
Defensively, Rudell Crim is the first team cornerback on the field side. Grag Gatson and David Gordon are listed as "or" at second team behind Crim.
Matt Harris reclaimed his first-team job at free safety, ahead of Anthony Leon, the junior college transfer.
There are still battles to be settled at two linebacker positions. Jerry Franklin was listed at even with freshman Terrell Williams at weakside linebacker. Franklin is also listed as even with Wendel Davis at the middle linebacker spot. Freshman Austin Moss is listed behind Davis and Franklin in the middle.
Paul Petrino said he expects to play seven wide receivers at the three spots. The only freshman in that group is Cobi Hamilton at the "Z" spot, behind Jarius Wright.
Briton Forester and Dylan Breeding are listed as even at punter. Both of those are newcomers. There are nine freshmen listed in the depth chart, not counting special teams.
W - Joe Adams
X - Greg Childs OR
Y - D.J. Williams
Z - Jarius Wright
OT - Ray Dominguez Grant Freeman OR Anthony Oden
OG - Grant Cook
C - Seth Oxner
OG - Mitch Petrus
OT - DeMarcus Love
QB - Ryan Mallett
RB - Michael Smith
Dennis Johnson OR
Ronnie Wingo OR
Broderick Green OR
FB - Van Stumon
DE - Jake Bequette
DT - Zach Stadther Patrick Jones
DT - Malcolm Sheppard DeQuinta Jones
DE - Adrian Davis
OLB - Jerry Franklin OR
MLB - Wendel Davis OR Jerry Franklin Austin Moss
OLB - Freddy Burton
CB - Ramon Broadway
SS - Tramain Thomas
FS - Matt Harris
CB - Rudell Crim
Greg Gatson OR
K - Alex Tejada
SNP - Rhett Richardson
H - Austin Tucker
KOR - Dennis Johnson
P - Briton Forester OR
PR - Joe Adams
Michael Smith OR
Jerell Norton OR