HOGS: Morris calls fall camp good; notes

HOGS: Morris calls fall camp good; notes

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SPRINGDALE - Speaking at Friday’s annual Arkansas Kickoff Luncheon in Springdale, new Arkansas coach Chad Morris said the Razorbacks’ early-Friday practice matched Thursday’s workout for achieving high esteem.

“The last two days, looking at this morning and yesterday, have been the best two  days that we’ve had,” Morris said, taking turns at Friday’s microphone with Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek and Voice of the Razorbacks emcee Chuck Barrett.

“Our guys have brought it every day. We had one day (Monday’s practice) that needed a little motivational moment," Morris said. "We ran a few updowns to get their attention back right. But we got it back right and they finished the day and had a great day. We’ve had a really good camp.”

The Razorbacks practiced at 6:30 a.m. Friday so they could devote the afternoon to the luncheon and visiting young patients at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest before regrouping Friday night to watch film to prepare for Saturday’s closed scrimmage.

With UA fall semester classes starting Monday and the season-opener looming Sept. 1 against Eastern Illinois at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Morris said Saturday marks the final major scrimmage of the preseason.

Depth-chart pecking order could change in some spots pending Saturday’s scrimmage evaluation.

Quarterback has drawn considerable focus as Morris has called it too close to name a starter between returning scholarship QBs Ty Storey, a fourth-year junior who backed up since graduated Austin Allen in 2016, and third-year sophomore Cole Kelley, Allen’s backup last year.

Redshirt freshman Daulton Hyatt and true freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones also get evaluated, while sophomore walk-on Jack Lindsey is the only QB with an already established role.  Lindsey holds for Connor Limpert’s place-kicks. Noland has received more reps this week behind Storey and Kelley.

Morris, while at the luncheon podium, pretended to field a QB question from director of football operations Randy Ross.

“No, I don’t know who the starting quarterback’s going to be, Randy,” Morris said smiling. “I’m sorry.”

Morris and offensive coordinator/QBs coach Joe Craddock may have a better idea by Saturday’s nightfall. Saturday’s scrimmage will be more pass-oriented than last week’s scrimmage, Morris and Craddock said.

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