"I thought today was good, even better than yesterday," Crim said after Wednesday's workout. "I thought it went very well today. I felt more comfortable and it was good."
Ross Rasner was not at practice Wednesday. He had been working with the first team at safety for the last week. Elton Ford was with the twos at strong safety on Wednesday.
Crim said defensive coordinator Willy Robinson had mentioned safety as a possibility earlier in the spring, but he wasn't quite ready for it this week.
"I was kinda shocked, honestly," he said. "I thought it might be later. But it was fine with me. Whatever helps the team, I'm for it. I'm fired up about it. I liked playing cornerback, but I know I'm also capable of playing safety since I did that in junior college. I'll try to do my best no matter what spot they want me to play.
"I'm willing to play any place and I think getting a shot at safety is going to be a blessing for me."
Crim said he played both free and strong in junior college and in the current UA system he'll play both again.
"There are times in hurry up that you have to just get lined up quick and you better know them both," he said. "So we do that here, too. I think most of the time it will be at tight safety, though. You just need to know alignment for both. Tramain Thomas has helped me, but I think I know safety pretty well."
Crim will be on the White team, with Anthony Leon at free safety. Thomas and Ford are the safeties for the Red team. That's the way it appears Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino broke the teams apart. He split the first and second teams evenly between the two squads.
Here's a breakdown of the two teams, Red vs. White:
Red Offensive Line - Travis Swanson, Demarcus Love, Anthony Oden, Grant Cook and Tyler Deacon.
White Offensive Line - Seth Oxner, Grant Freeman, Ray Dominguez, Alvin Bailey and Zhamal Thomas.
Red Defensive Line - Colton Nash, Dede Jones, Pat Jones, Damario Ambrose.
White Defensive Line - Jake Bequette, Lavunce Askew, Jared Green, Caleb Evans.
Red Linebackers - Freddy Burton, Jerico Nelson, Terrell Williams.
White Linebackers - Jermaine Love, Ryan Powers, Jerry Franklin.
Red Secondary - Tramain Thomas, Darius Winston, Ramon Broadway, Elton Ford.
White Secondary - Isaac Madison, Andru Stewart, Rudell Crim Anthony Leon.
Red Quarterback - Tyler Wilson, Brandon Mitchell.
White Quarterback - Nick Petrino, Jacoby Walker.
Red Running Back - Dennis Johnson, Broderick Green, Ronald Watkins.
White Running back - Ronnie Wingo, Knile Davis, Mitchell Bailey.
Red Tight End - D. J. Williams, Austin Tate.
White Tight end - Chris Gragg, Austin Tate.
Red Wide Receiver - Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton, De'Anthony Curtis.
White Wide Receiver - Jarius Wright, Joe Adams, Lance Ray, Carlton Salters.
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, the coach who met with the media on Wednesday, said the split of the teams has made it exciting. "It's going to be fun," McGee said. "Our kids really enjoyed it when they found out the rosters. It's pretty even. We spent some time making sure each team was even and the right people were playing against the right people.
"For instance, Jake Bequette will be playing against DeMarcus Love the whole game. Alvin Bailey will be playing against Dede Jones.
"We didn't want any matchup problems that would disrupt the game. So we split it up down the middle pretty good. It should be fun.
"It's hard when you have four starting running backs, to say who is one or two, or who is going to run behind the one O-line, or against the one D-Line. There are a lot of things that went into it. But we really wanted it to be competitive.
"Remember our goal this time around this time around is to make sure our team is competitive enough to go in on the road and win games in the fourth quarter. This is just another example of what we are trying to push for, a competitive atmosphere."
McGee was asked how the spring has added to the depth and if that was the goal of the spring game.
"You can always add depth," he said. "We've got a lot more depth than we've had since we've been here. To build a program and to keep it rolling, you have to continue to recruit and add depth."
The intensity of Wednesday's practice was obvious.
"They came out and had enthusiasm and worked hard," he said. "The focus and concentration wasn't where it needs to be, but I was pretty impressed with their enthusiasm and their intensity."
The goal will be to have a game-like situation Saturday night.
"We want it to be as much like a game as we can, the chains, the clock, three and outs, everything to make it like a game," McGee said. "I don't think we will do all kicking situations. We still have a couple of days in staff meetings to work all things out exactly."
How have the quarterbacks behind Tyler Wilson progressed?
"I think we've gotten a lot out of it," McGee said. "As you guys see, Nick Petrino continues to grow as a quarterback. He's efficient. He understands how to play the position. He never panics.
"Jacoby Walker, we can't say enough about them. We are really impressed with him.
"Brandon Mitchell came in and was raw last year and we can see the development that he's had.
"We want to continue in that process. We want to train quarterbacks. That's what this process is all about. That's why I came here. That's what our head coach wants, to get quarterbacks who are good, sound, character kids and train them on how to be great quarterbacks.
"That's what this program is all about and I expect to add a few more."
The split of the running backs was partly due to systems.
"We put Ronnie and Knile together because they have some packages they run together," McGee said. "We keep them together. So then we'll put Broderick and Dennis together.
"The same thing with the wide receivers. We have Jarius and Joe on a team and Cobi and Greg to a team. We just tried to split it in half as much as we could."
McGee said the coaching staff will be split in half, too.
"There's a lot on the line in this game here," he said, about the coaching.
The same goes for some position battles.
"There's a lot of competition between guys like Ray Dominguez and Anthony Oden, then Seth Oxner and Travis Swanson -- those two battles come to mind."
On the split of the teams, center Seth Oxner said it produced excitement in the locker room. He said, "It's going to be great competition and going to be a lot of fun Saturday. I think it's pretty well mixed up."
Oxner said it's been a "productive" spring.
"You have ups and you have downs, but I think what we've had overall for the team is a lot more ups," Oxner said. "It's been pretty good all spring."
The offensive line is taking cues from new assistant coach Chris Klenakis.
"He's a fired up guy," Oxner said. "You get a pancake or take your guy out, you are going to turn around and find him waiting on you with a high five.
"I think we've improved our running game this spring. It's not where we want it yet, but it's getting there. We definitely worked hard on it this spring."
Crim thinks it's been a productive spring, too. He sees improvement in the entire team. And he is excited about the spring game.
"When we saw the teams today it was really excited in the locker room," Crim said. "There was a lot of noise going around. That's what it's all about, having fun.
"I think we've come to practice all spring having fun. If you are having fun, then it just makes things so much easier and allows the work to get better. I think you have to make it a game and have that fun. But you know we are all looking forward to Saturday night. The White team will be the good guys in this game. Cheer for us."