Notes and observations from Tuesday's football practice

By: Ethan Westerman Ethan Westerman's Twitter account , Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson scrambles toward the sideline, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, during the Razorbacks’ first practice of fall camp in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson scrambles toward the sideline, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, during the Razorbacks’ first practice of fall camp in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ football team on Tuesday went through its second practice of the week ahead of Saturday night’s home game against BYU.

Reporters watched the first four periods of the workout, which included the fastball start segment. Here are some notes and observations from the viewing window:

• Running back Raheim “Rocket” Sanders was not active at practice and again worked out with other inactive players beyond the end zone on the turf field. Sam Pittman said Monday that Sanders will not play against the Cougars and his status for next week’s game at LSU is unclear.

Other sidelined players were defensive lineman Quincy Rhodes, defensive backs Malik Chavis (hand/wrist) and Dallas Young, and offensive lineman Terry Wells (pectoral). Offensive lineman Josh Street was in a green no-contact jersey.

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• Cornerback Dwight “Nudie” McGlothern was active in practice and went through fastball start. Pittman said over the weekend McGlothern, who played one snap vs. Kent State, is battling turf toe.

TCU transfer Kee’yon Stewart, who got 54 snaps at corner opposite Jaheim Singletary in Week 2, worked with the first-team defense.

• Luke Hasz had a pair of short receptions from KJ Jefferson during fastball start. It will be interesting to see if the Jefferson-Hasz connection begins to strengthen in-game.

Hasz was quiet in the first half of Arkansas’ win over Kent State, but he caught three passes for 26 yards in the second half to finish third on the team in receiving yards. His catches came during the Razorbacks’ two second-half scoring drives, and two of the grabs moved the chains on third down.

Through two games against Sam Houston and Southern Utah, BYU has allowed just 28 receiving yards to tight ends. Hasz is fourth on the Razorbacks with 45 receiving yards, so it may be worth watching what his impact will be Saturday in the pass game, particularly on key downs.

• Jefferson threw behind receiver Jaedon Wilson on the first team’s final snap of fastball. AJ Green also carried the ball once and was tagged down by linebacker Chris “Pooh” Paul.

Jacolby Criswell threw three incomplete passes with the second team. McGlothern nearly came up with an interception on Criswell’s second pass attempt, which was intended for receiver Tyrone Broden.

• Defensive coordinator Travis Williams had linebackers work through a drill in which they defended swing passes to running backs. 

Pittman watched a portion of the drill. He and Williams both were pleased with one of Antonio Grier's reps when he took a great angle and forced the ball carrier out of bounds quickly.

OFFENSE (First team/second team)

QB: KJ Jefferson / Jacolby Criswell

RB: AJ Green / Rashod Dubinion

WR: Isaac TeSlaa / Davion Dozier

WR: Andrew Armstrong / Tyrone Broden

WR: Jaedon Wilson / Isaiah Sategna

TE: Luke Hasz / Var'keyes Gumms

LT: Andrew Chamblee / E'Marion Harris

LG: Brady Latham / Brooks Edmondson

C: Beaux Limmer / Amaury Wiggins

RG: Josh Braun / Ty'Kieast Crawford

RT: Patrick Kutas / Aaron Smith

DEFENSE (First team/second team)

DE: Trajan Jeffcoat / John Morgan

DT: Eric Gregory / Keivie Rose

DT: Taurean Carter / Cam Ball

DE: Landon Jackson / Zach Williams

LB: Chris Paul / Jordan Crook

LB: Jaheim Thomas / Brad Spence

CB: Kee’yon Stewart / Jaylon Braxton

CB: Jaheim Singletary / Dwight McGlothern

S: Jayden Johnson / Hudson Clark

S: Al Walcott / Dylan Hasz

Nickel: Lorando Johnson / TJ Metcalf


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