Observations from Arkansas’ second preseason football practice

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas football team held its second full-scale practice of the preseason in the afternoon heat Saturday. Here are several notes and observations from the 25-minute period of practice that was open to reporters:

• Players who wore non-contact green jerseys: offensive lineman Marcus Henderson and defensive back Jacorrei Turner. During practice on Friday it was unclear why Henderson was in green to start camp, but Sam Pittman said afterwards that he had a pectoral problem and it could be a week or more before he does not come back to full. He was on the sidelines to receive individual attention yesterday and again today.

• Several NFL scouts were present at practice, including Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

• Linebacker Chris “Pooh” Paul was present but did not have his helmet on and did not participate in any drills. There were no noticeable injuries and he didn’t seem to favor anything. Paul received accolades in the spring for his game and football IQ. On Friday, he worked alongside Bumper Pool with the first-team defense. With Paul out, Jackson Woodard replaced the first-team representatives at the start of training.

• Drew Sanders, the Alabama transfer, did not take part in the fastball start the first two days, but he joined the linebackers for positional group drills on the grass field outside . He seems to be moving well. He was on the front line for every exercise with Pool.

• I’ve watched quite a few receivers catch live passes from quarterbacks. Jaedon Wilson looks smoother than in the past and much more confident. He dropped a deep ball near the end zone but carried every other catchable pitch.

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Matt Landers, the Toledo transfer who started his career in Georgia, has easy speed. Freshman Sam M’bake is physically impressive for a player his age. It had a drop in the air, but was solid otherwise. Isaiah Sategna blew the line really well and displayed sure hands.

Jaquayln Crawford, who I wrote to yesterday is now back from a broken leg that required surgery, is not quite 100%. Pittman said it Friday night.

• Here’s how the top three defenses lined up in Saturday’s first drill:

first team

FROM: Jashaud Stewart

DT: Isaiah Nichols

TD: Eric Gregory

FROM: Zach Williams

LB: Buffer pool

LB: Jackson Woodard

CD: Hudson Clark

DC: Malik Chavis

S: Jalen Catalonia

S: Simeon Blair

NB: Myles Slusher

second team

FROM: Landon Jackson

TD: Terry Hampton

DT: Cameron Ball

FROM: Eric Thomas

LB: Mani Powell

GM: Jordan Crook

DC: LaDarrius Bishop

DC: Dwight McGlothern

S: Jayden Johnson

S: Latavious Brini

NB: Trent Gordon

Third team

FROM: Dorian Gerald

TD: Marcus Miller

TD: Taylor Lewis

FROM: Jordan Domineck

GM: Kaden Henley

LB: Brooks Both

DC: Keuan Parker

CD: Khari Johnson

S: Anthony Brown

S: Zach Zimos

NB: Jaylen Lewis

• And here is an overview of the offence:

first team

QB: KJ Jefferson

RB: Spindle sanders

TE: Trey Knox

WR: Matt Landers, Bryce Stephens, Warren Thompson

OL: Luke Jones, Brady Latham, Ricky Stromberg, Beaux Limmer, Dalton Wagner

second team

QB: Malik Hornsby

AR: Rashod Dubinion

TE: Nathan Bax

WR: Jaquayln Crawford, Jaedon Wilson, Landon Rogers

OL: Devon Manuel, Jalen St. John, Josh Street, E’Marion Harris, Ty’Kieast Crawford

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• Quarterback Cade Fortin, running back AJ Green, tight end Ty Washington and receivers Isaiah Sategna, Sam M’bake and Quincey McAdoo were on the third offense.

• Stephens made a fine play in which he reached behind his body to catch a ball from Hornsby. M’bake also had a semi-contested take with Khari Johnson on the cover.

• Ketron Jackson won a 1-on-1 battle against cornerback Dwight McGlothern to get a good hold.

• Nathan Bax lined up with the first team offensive line for goal line work.

• Defensive line coach Deke Adams worked with his group on strip sacks. “We are not content with bags. We want the ball out. Do the little things,” Adams instructed his group during part of practice.

Matt Jones contributed

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