Defense beats offense 39-33 in Arkansas' spring game

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Arkansas quarterback Ben Hicks warms up Saturday, April 6, 2019, before the start of the Razorbacks' spring game in Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas quarterback Ben Hicks warms up Saturday, April 6, 2019, before the start of the Razorbacks' spring game in Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

The defense got the better of the offense in Arkansas' spring game Saturday.

The Red team of all defensive players defeated the White team of all offensive players by a score of 39-33 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The offense was credited points on a traditional basis, while the defense had a modified scoring system that rewarded three-and-outs, sacks and defensive touchdowns.

Freshman Devin Bush's 55-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime was the key play in the scrimmage's final score. Bush's pick-six came against redshirt freshman quarterback John Stephen Jones.

Freshman receiver Trey Knox stood out for the offense, catching three passes for 57 yards. Knox had a 45-yard touchdown reception from Ben Hicks, a graduate-transfer quarterback from SMU who is in line to be the team's starter in the fall.

Hicks completed 8 of 18 passes for 100 yards.

Jones completed 13 of 22 passes for 112 yards. He threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Grayson Gunter in the second half.

Devwah Whaley led a shorthanded running back group with 45 yards on 13 carries. Whaley scored an 8-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

The defense recorded five sacks during the scrimmage, led by freshman Eric Gregory with two. Mataio Soli, Giovanni LaFrance and Damani Carter also had one sack apiece.

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