Arkansas football spring practice dates set

Sam Pittman is entering his fifth season as Arkansas' football coach. (Andy Shupe/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas will open spring practices March 7 and end them with the Spring Showcase on April 13, a team spokesman said Friday.

The Razorbacks, looking to bounce back from a 4-8 season under fifth-year Coach Sam Pittman, will get in five workouts prior to the start of Spring Break, which will be the week of March 18-22.

The Razorbacks will then get in the final 10 practices of the session culminating in the Red-White Game on April 13. The baseball and softball teams both will be on the road that weekend.

Arkansas’ roster overhaul includes the loss of multiple starters through the NCAA transfer portal, including record-setting quarterback KJ Jefferson (to Central Florida), tailback Raheim Sanders (South Carolina), and linebackers Christopher Paul (Ole Miss) and Jaheim Thomas (Wisconsin).

New offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino will have a quarterback battle on his hands with returning junior Jacolby Criswell in competition with transfer junior Taylen Green (from Boise State), redshirt freshman Malachi Singleton and freshman signee KJ Jackson.