Monday practice notes

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Monday, August 18, 2014
Arkansas running back Korliss Marshall (33) runs the ball during their spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham)
Arkansas running back Korliss Marshall (33) runs the ball during their spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham)

-The Razorbacks did not start prepping for Auburn Monday, but will beginning later this week.

-Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he was pleased with the Razorbacks' run game in Saturday's scrimmage. Of the 17 run plays, he said they "won" 15 of them, meaning they converted on 3rd-and-one or got four yards on 1st-and-10.

-Chaney said he feels better about the back-up quarterback position this year because Austin Allen has had a year to learn the offense, whereas A.J. Derby did not have that luxury last season.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney recaps the Razorbacks' practice Monday.

Jim Chaney - Monday Post Practice

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-Allen agreed with Chaney's assessment and said that he has a better grasp on the playbook and where to go with the ball beyond his first option.

-Korliss Marshall had a good scrimmage Saturday, but Chaney said the sophomore is still learning the nuances of the running back position, such as pass protection and run reads.

-Running backs coach Joel Thomas said Marshall is capable of getting a large number of carries in a game, but with three talented running backs, Arkansas will go with whichever back has the "hot hand" in any particular week.

-Chaney said he liked what he saw from Patrick Arinze in the scrimmage Saturday, but he needs to show more consistency in order to win the fullback job.

-If Arkansas was playing Auburn today, offensive line coach Sam Pittman said he would be comfortable playing seven, maybe eight, players on the offensive line, with Sebastian Tretola, Cameron Jefferson and Frank Ragnow being the three current second-team players he feels the best about.

-At the center position, Pittman said Ragnow showed a lot of improvement last week and is really pushing Mitch Smothers for the starting job.

-Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith said he feels like freshmen Jojo Robinson and Kendrick Edwards had a good week last week, which carried over into the scrimmage.

-Running back Jonathan Williams was back in practice Monday, while offensive lineman Denver Kirkland was kept out of practice again as a precaution with a minor head injury.

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