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.
Thursday Practice Notes
Arkansas receiver Drew Morgan runs after a catch during the Red-White Game on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
-Receiver Drew Morgan apologized for the fight he got into with cornerback Carroll Washington during Wednesday's practice, but added, "If you haven't got in a fight during practice or a game, you're not showing physical toughness."
-Morgan said he and Washington made up after practice and before a mandatory workout for the two players.
-Running back Alex Collins said he isn't getting as tired during practices this year after increasing his weight to 218 pounds. Collins said he is breaking more arm tackles this preseason and hasn't slowed down despite the weight gain.
-Collins said he is taking advantage of getting more carries during practice while Jonathan Williams is out with a hamstring injury. Collins said the increase in carries has allowed him to make up for mistakes quicker.
-Quarterback Brandon Allen said there were no fumbles or dropped passes during Thursday's practice. Allen said good practices are often ruined because of one fumble or an interception.
-Allen, who led the first-team offense on a scoring drive during a 2-minute drill Wednesday, said the 2-minute offense is getting better but isn't 100 percent. "We're not fully confident in it yet but it's coming along," Allen said.
-Allen and Morgan offered differing opinions on how much of the offense Arkansas will run during its open scrimmage Saturday. Allen said, "It will be a lot of basic plays that we've ran forever." But Morgan offered a different perspective, saying, "We're going to show a lot."
-Receivers coach Michael Smith said former quarterback Damon Mitchell is in the mix with the team's top receivers after making some big plays this week.
-Smith said the biggest position battle within his unit is between Keon Hatcher and Morgan. Smith said Demetrius Wilson is ahead in his position battle with Cody Hollister.
-Smith said he expects freshman JoJo Robinson to play this year. Smith said Robinson has seen work on special teams at punt return and punt block in addition to his practice at receiver. On Robinson, Smith said, "JoJo can make people miss and the kid knows how to get open. He's got a lot of high school in him still where he thinks he can shake someone because of his athleticism. He's learning he can't do that at this level."