Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for the Hawgs Sports Network. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was the 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Notes and observations from Thursday's spring practice
Arkansas defensive back Jaylen Lewis takes part in a drill Tuesday, March 15, 2022, during practice at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ football team held practice No. 10 of the spring on the fields outside Walker Pavilion on Thursday.
The Razorbacks worked out in shoulder pads and helmets. Here are some notes and observations from the roughly 45-minute viewing window:
• Tight end Luke Hasz made a terrific catch early on in a team segment. Running down the left sideline, the freshman reeled in a low ball around 15-20 yards downfield before falling out of bounds.
Sam Pittman last week said that Hasz seemingly makes a handful of catches or more each practice, and I would imagine this was among the best. It was a really impressive show of hand strength and body control against tight coverage.
• Wide receiver Tyrone Broden looked to be moving at one-quarter to one-third speed as he ran routes against air on the turf field. As I noted Tuesday, he has a wrap over his knee, which he injured in a collision earlier this spring.
Pittman said Tuesday that the Bowling Green transfer is “having a little bit of an MCL issue — non-surgical.”
• Some plays that stood out when receivers and defensive backs went 2-on-2 on each side of the field in the red zone: Bryce Stephens caught a ball along the left sideline from KJ Jefferson after running a crisp route, made a move then got into the end zone; Sam Mbake was quick getting off the line, caught a slant and found the end zone; Reid Touchstone had the catch of the segment, reeling in a ball in the end zone with one hand between both defenders in on the rep; Defensive back Jaylen Lewis broke up a pass then later intercepted a pass.
• Here is a look at the offensive and defensive alignment in a team period:
QB: KJ Jefferson / Jacolby Criswell / Cade Fortin / Malachi Singleton
RB: Rocket Sanders / AJ Green / Rashod Dubinion
TE: Nathan Bax / Luke Hasz / Tyrus Washington
WR: Sam Mbake / Marlon Crockett / Landon Rogers
WR: Bryce Stephens / Isaiah Sategna / Chris Harris
WR: Isaac TeSlaa / Andrew Armstrong / Kalil Girault
LT: Devon Manuel / Andrew Chamblee / Payton Simpson
LG: Brady Latham / Cole Carson / Paris Patterson
C: Beaux Limmer / Josh Street / Brooks Edmonson
RG: Ty’Kieast Crawford / Joshua Braun / Joey Su’a
RT: Patrick Kutas / E’Marion Harris / Brock Burns
DE: Jashaud Stewart / Trajan Jeffcoat / Nico Davillier
DT: Eric Gregory / Marcus Miller / JJ Hollingsworth
DT: Taurean Carter / Kyle Thompson / Jon Hill
DE: Landon Jackson / Zach Williams / John Morgan
LB: Antonio Grier / Jordan Crook / Kaden Henley
LB: Chris Paul / Carson Dean / Mani Powell
CB: Lorando Johnson / Jaylon Braxton / Landon Phipps
CB: Dwight McGlothern / Quincey McAdoo / LaDarrius Bishop
S: Hudson Clark / Braylon Watson / John Paul Pickens
S: Jayden Johnson / TJ Metcalf / Dylan Hasz
Nickel: Jaylen Lewis / Courtney Snelling / Dallas Young
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