FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas soccer team completed its first practice session at training camp on Friday. Here are some notes and observations from the first 20 minutes of the workout:
• Players in green non-contact jerseys: Offensive lineman Marcus Henderson and defensive back Jacorrei Turner. Sam Pittman said Wednesday that Turner would start camp in the green top after suffering a shoulder injury this offseason. Why Henderson is green is currently unknown.
• Wide receiver Jaquayln Crawford, a transfer from Oklahoma, was on the field and appeared to be in full swing after suffering an injury this spring. In the spring, it was revealed that Crawford had broken his leg during spring breaks and had used a pole as a result. Crawford can bring another speed element to the Razorbacks’ receiver group if he’s healthy.
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• I was impressed by Trey Knox’s tight end performance after the first 20 minutes of practice. He’s carrying the weight that’s added since the end of last season well and he looks broad-chested. Knox reported that he weighed 240 pounds after spring training and planned to add more. He looked smooth on the tight end and was the clear leader of the group.
• Another close finish that caught my eye in a short space of time was newcomer Ty Washington. He already looks and wears it well. He caught passes from tight ends coach Dowell Loggains on the touchline, pulled off a nice one-handed grab and later fluidly caught an over-the-shoulder ball in the corner of the end zone.
• From what I’ve gleaned from positional group drills, the top two groups on the offensive line (L–>R):
1 – Luke Jones, Brady Latham, Ricky Stromberg, Beaux Limmer, Dalton Wagner
2 – Devon Manuel, Jalen St. John, Josh Street, E’Marion Harris, Ty’Kiest Crawford
In the first group on the offensive side there were no real surprises. The top three receivers were Jadon Haselwood, Ketron Jackson and Warren Thompson. Knox was at the tight end and Rocket Sanders was at the running back.
The second team was led by quarterback Malik Hornsby, then AJ Green in traffic and Matt Landers, Jaedon Wilson and Bryce Stephens. The six recipients listed in the first two teams are all Pittman listed as leaders in the group at last month’s SEC Media Days. Nathan Bax was #2 on the tight end.
The biggest play of the team segment was from Wilson, who caught a deep ball from Hornsby about 35 to 40 yards down the field and defeated second-team corner LaDarrius Bishop.
• Here’s how the top three defenses lined up:
EN: Jasaud Stewart
DT: Isaiah Nichols (wearing #33)
EN: Eric Gregory
EN: Zach Williams
LB: Drew Sanders/Chris Paul
LB: buffer pool
CB: Hudson Clark
CB: Malik Chavis
S: Simeon Blair
S: Jalen Catalonia
Nickel: Myles Slusher
EN: Landon Jackson
DT: Terry Hampton
EN: Cameron Ball
EN: Eric Thomas
LB: Jackson Woodard
LB: Jordan Crook
CB: LaDarrius Bishop (wearing #11)
CB: Dwight McGlothern
S: Jayden Johnson
S: Latavious Brini
Nickel: Trent Gordon
EN: Dorian Gerald (wears No. 23)
EN: Marcus Miller
DT: Taylor Lewis
EN: Jordan Domineck
LB: Kaden Henley
CB: Keuan Parker
CB: Khari Johnson
S: Anthony Brown
S: Zach Zimos
Nickel: Jaylen Lewis