Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Saturday scrimmage open to the public
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen runs drills during practice Saturday morning at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' scrimmage will be open to the public Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
It is the Razorbacks' second scrimmage of the spring. Last Saturday's scrimmage was also open to the public.
The defense has a few wrinkles to work on during the scrimmage, but Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith said the main focus is to just keep improving and to stay aggressive.
"When Bret [Bielema] hired me, one of the things he wanted to do was be aggressive on defense and we're going to pick our opportunities to do that," Smith said.
Thursday's practice was used to work on critical downs, such as third downs and red zone situations.
"The baseline is in," Smith said. "We just have to keep sharpening things up."
One player that will be absent from the Razorbacks' defense Saturday is senior defensive lineman Trey Flowers. Flowers did not participate in the first scrimmage either because the coaching staff wants to keep him healthy.
"Obviously I'm a football player and I want to play and get better," Flowers said. "But I understand the reasoning behind it."
He said that he has enjoyed watching the younger players in front of him make the most of the opportunity. Redshirt freshman Tevin Beanum from Forrest City is one of the younger players getting a chance to play in Flowers' spot.
Beanum's play has stood out to Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest, too.
"Tevin had a really good scrimmage [Saturday]," Segrest said. "He's really understanding how to turn speed to power as far as his pass rush goes."
Saturday's scrimmage is scheduled to start at approximately 11:45 a.m. Fans can enter through the southwest entrance beginning at 11 a.m.