Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Wednesday practice notes
Rory Segrest, back, watches on as Darius Philon, left, tries to tackle Tevin Beanum, right, at spring football practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
-Linebackers coach Randy Shannon said Nicholls State runs multiple offensive sets, with a lot of one-back spread formations and two-back formations. He also said the Colonels have a slow tempo on offense.
-Defensive backs coach Clay Jennings said freshmen safety Josh Liddell and cornerback Henre' Toliver will play Saturday after getting a few snaps against Auburn. "Both of those guys lined up against Auburn," Jennings said. "Neither one of them flinched."
-Jennings said safety Rohan Gaines' confidence was not damaged after a subpar performance against Auburn. "Rohan has a very high self-esteem," Jennings said. "He'll be okay. He's having a good week of practice."
-Defensive line coach Rory Segrest said Nicholls State has several good offensive linemen and the Razorbacks' will have their work cut out for them. "Our whole focus right now is working the line of scrimmage," Segrest said. "We have to make sure we're handling our business."
-Segrest said defensive end Brandon Lewis will get more reps Saturday after his performance against Auburn.
-Segrest also said defensive end JaMichael Winston would start ahead of Deatrich Wise, Jr., who was coming off of an injury before the Auburn game. "We'll see where we are with Wise closer to game time," Segrest said. "We're going to do what we need to do to get him back at 100 percent."
-Defensive end Trey Flower said that the Razorbacks would not overlook Nicholls State Saturday because Segrest has been constantly reminding the defensive line that an FCS team knocks off an FBS team every year.
-Defensive end Tevin Beanum said this Saturday's game against Nicholls State will be the first time his father will be able to watch him play football. His father is a Desert Storm veteran and 100 percent disabled, Beanum said.
-Beanum also said Arkansas' defensive is anticipating a lot of quarterback draws, as that is Nicholls State's top run play.