Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Williams stands out in scrimmage
Jonathan Williams rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's scrimmage.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas worked on its situational run game and goal line offense and defense during a 100-play scrimmage open to the public Saturday.
Jonathan Williams had 16 carries for 85 yards and a couple of 4-yard touchdowns in the goal line sessions, highlighting the running backs. The Razorbacks ran 56 called run plays in all.
The first team offense was most impressive on the goal line, scoring on four consecutive plays against its first team counterpart. In addition to Williams' two touchdown runs, Kiero Small had a 4-yard run and Brandon Allen threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.
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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Allen, a redshirt sophomore, took a step ahead of redshirt senior Brandon Mitchell in the battle to replace departed quarterback Tyler Wilson. Allen completed 8 of 14 passes for 94 yards. He threw an interception in addition to his touchdown.
Mitchell passed for 70 yards, completing 8 of 16 attempts and was intercepted once. Neither quarterback led their units on touchdown drives outside of the goal line situations.
Demetrius Wilson caught two passes for 35 yards and Julian Horton had three catches for 32 yards, each pulling in a pair of intermediate passes. Mekale McKay and Javontee Herndon each had three catches for 29 yards, and walk-on Chris Saunders had four catches for 36 yards working with the third team offense.
Trey Flowers had two of the first team defense's four sacks on Saturday. Walk-on linebacker Austin Jones had a sack, tackle for loss and fumble recovery. Carroll Washington, Eric Bennett and Ray Buchanan Jr. all had an interception.
Arkansas made it out of the second full scrimmage of the spring relatively injury-free. First-team tackle David Hurd was replaced early on Saturday with what Bielema described as a minor knee injury and was replaced by Chris Stringer. Linebacker A.J. Turner, who broke his wrist last month, played sparingly wearing a cast.