HOGS: Jackson, Knox don't scrimmage; notes
FAYETTEVILLE - For what’s it’s worth, Nick Starkel, the graduate transfer from Texas A&M, quarterbacked the first-team offense on the first possession Saturday of Arkansas’ “Beanie Bowl' with Ben Hicks, the graduate transfer from SMU, quarterbacking the first-team offense on the next possession on the new natural grass Frank Broyles Field at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris has not declared his starting QB for next Saturday’s 3 p.m. season-opener against visiting Portland State on the SEC Network.
None of the Arkansas coaches or players were media available Saturday. Morris, offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and defensive coordinator John Chavis are scheduled Monday to meet with media.
NO COLTON JACKSON
Senior left tackle Colton Jackson, in and out of practice since Aug. 14 with a lingering foot injury, was not seen at Saturday’s practice, an hour long scripted non-contact dress rehearsal including preparing for circumstances that rarely happen.
Morris had starting center Ty Clary and scout-team defensive tackle Nick Fulwider stage a "fight” so the Razorbacks can experience the detriment of the penalty and follow game ejection procedures without further penalties.
In Jackson’s absence, junior college transfer Myron Cunningham operated at left tackle with the first offense and worked right guard on the second-team offense.
True freshman Ricky Stromberg practiced at first-team right guard.
Freshman receiver Trey Knox, out since Monday with an undisclosed illness, watched Saturday’s practice from the sideline as did senior tight end Cheyenne O’Grady.
O’Grady has not practiced since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He will be reevaluated for his practice availability next week.
BURKS RETURNS PUNTS
Freshman Treylon Burks of Warren did all the punt returning Saturday. Burks is the punt return heir apparent since senior Deon Stewart of Hardy, will miss the 2019 season after major knee surgery from an injury during the Aug. 17 scrimmage.
Burks was in kickoff return tandem Saturday with returning junior kickoff returner De’Vion Warren.
Following what Morris calls the Beanie Bowl, the Razorbacks walked to the Walker Indoor Practice Facility for their annual photo and chat Fan Day session.
Several hundred fans watched the Beanie Bowl, the only preseason practice open to the general public beyond former Razorbacks and invited guests.