Hogs suddenly enjoy depth galore at receiver; injury report; more notes
FAYETTEVILLE - Coach Bret Bielema spoke Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, while his Razorbacks observed their NCAA-mandated one off day per week.
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Activity for this final preseason week resumes Tuesday with regular practices through Thursday and a Friday dress rehearsal before the Razorbacks take Saturday off. They will have meetings Sunday, commencing game-week preparations for the Sept. 5 season-opener against the Texas-El Paso Miners of Conference USA. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Razorbacks began preseason practice on Aug. 6.
"I think our guys are tired of seeing their own color," Bielema said after the Razorbacks scrimmaged Saturday.
"Just eager to get to game week so we will begin to move down that stretch. We put in some good work against our SEC opponents. Now we will flip gears and go to UTEP."
The bulk of the preseason hitting ended with Saturday's scrimmage.
"We will continue to do some good on good next week, but for the most part I like where we are and see where we are going," Bielema said. "Get our 70-man travel roster and then jump into the UTEP training."
Defensive ends Deatrich Wise and Brandon Lewis, both withheld from the scrimmage because of injuries, likely will return to practice Tuesday, though Bielema is careful with Lewis coming off chronic knee problems.
Tyler Colquitt, moved last week from reserve fullback to reserve tailback, appeared to have suffered the only significant injury during last Saturday's scrimmage. Immediately after the scrimmage, Bielema said he had been told it appeared that Colquitt did not suffer a fracture but likely has "a high ankle sprain."
Two Saturday scrimmages ago Bielema said he wanted to narrow the wide receivers to six that starting quarterback Brandon Allen should regularly work with and count upon. That remains difficult for Bielema, offensive coordinator Dan Enos and receivers coach Michael Smith to narrow.
Depth has been so prominent that Kendrick Edwards, the tall wideout lettering as a freshman last year, might even redshirt.
"We'll go round and round about it," Bielema said.
Led by senior Keon Hatcher, last year's leading receiver, Bielema started naming names for the two, sometimes three, receiver positions his offense utilizes.
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"Obviously Keon at the Z position, Keon, Drew (Morgan) and Duwop (Mitchell) would be the three that jump out to me there. At the X, Jared Cornelius, Cody Hollister and then I think Dominique Reed."
Reed, a Camden Fairview grad, brings speed and good hands, too.
"Dominique has some plays I would want him in on," Bielema said of the JC transfer via Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College after last Saturday's scrimmage. "You saw today he can catch the ball. He is very, very talented. At that F position, the slot when we get in there you really would like Jojo (Robinson) to own that and maybe back him up with Luke Rossi who has been one of the most surprising guys in fall camp. Just a very, very talented player that catches everything. And Drew Morgan can also play that F, which is slot."
Eric Hawkins, a junior lettering as a sprinter on Chris Bucknam's Razorbacks track teams, has posted his best football preseason to date thus far.
Bielema will do almost as much speaking as coaching this week. He also speaks at 11:30 a.m. luncheon Wednesday at Mermaid's Restaurant in Fayetteville, which kicks off the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club's 2015 program.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Springdale Holiday Inn's Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, Bielema, offensive coordinator Dan Enos, defensive coordinator Robb Smith and team captains Brandon Allen, Jonathan Williams, JaMichael Winston and Brooks Ellis will address the Razorback Football Kickoff Dinner, formerly an annual luncheon.