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Arkansas redshirt junior QB Austin Allen completed 13-of-19 passes for 141 yards in the program's spring game.

Allen entered the game having already been named the starter for 2016, making his spring statistical line even less meaningful than it otherwise would have been. HC Bret Bielema said earlier this offseason that the Razorback team has "a certain amount of trust and faith" in the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder. He is the younger brother of 2015 starting gunslinger Brandon Allen.
May 23 - 4:40 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough noted that "[Arkansas coaches] say [senior TE Jeremy Sprinkle is] better after the catch than [Hunter] Henry."

"[Sprinkle] has to work on some of the nuances of his game," Scarborough wrote, "but if he does that, then there’s no reason to believe he can't be an All-SEC player by season’s end." Last season, the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder caught 27 passes for 389 yards and six touchdowns. That came with Hunter Henry taking the bulk of the work at tight end for Arkansas. Henry was drafted by the Chargers in April. With the deck cleared, this will be Sprinkle's show in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 2:40 PM

Mel Kiper lists Arkansas senior edge rusher Deatrich Wise No. 24 overall on his Big Board.

"Things really started to click for Wise as a pass-rusher last season, as he piled up 8.0 sacks in conference play," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise did all of his 2015 damage while playing in less than 50 percent of the team's defensive snaps. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted him No. 28 to the Panthers in a 2017 mock draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 5:36 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that "[the team has] a certain amount of trust and faith in [redshirt junior QB Austin Allen]."

"I think the guys on the team, they respond to him," Bielema said. He named Allen -- younger brother of Brandon Allen -- the starting quarterback in mid-April. Per Bielema, Austin is more outgoing than older brother Brandon, with the latter a bit more calculating and logical. Allen (younger species) doesn't have a huge body of work behind him, having only attempted 19 passes in his career. Despite the lack of starting reps, Bielema said, "He's a confident kid, he carries himself well. He's not cocky, he's confident, and I think there's a big difference."
May 15 - 2:49 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema is in favor of undrafted underclassmen being able to return to school.

As is, the NCAA strips any player declaring for the draft of their collegiate eligibility. Speaking on the Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly show, Bielema name-checked Auburn HC Gus Malzahn, Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen and Ohio State HC Urban Meyer as coaches he wants to get in touch with regarding the issue. "Those coaches, I'm reaching out to them and trying to put together some collective thoughts on how to approach it," Bielema said. "Now, some kids maybe had to move on for academic reasons or personal reasons ... But if you have a guy like Denver [Kirkland] who's on progression to graduate, is doing the right things and just needs another year..."
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 8:09 PM

Arkansas senior EDGE Deatrich Wise cracked the late first round in Josh Norris' first 2017 mock draft exercise.

"Wise played in less than 50 percent of Arkansas’ defensive snaps last season, but his pass rushing impact was major," Norris wrote, slotting him No. 28 to the Panthers. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise ranked No. 39 in the FBS with eight sacks last year. Most impressive about that figure is that all eight came in SEC play. Wise earned Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team honors for his work last year.
Source: Rotoworld
May 9 - 7:35 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior WR Keon Hatcher underwent a second surgical procedure on his foot.

Hatcher posted a picture on Snapchat of himself with a boot on the left foot and in a video, said, "So, I had surgery on my foot." This is the second surgery that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout has undergone on that hoof. He initially broke it against Toledo in the second game of the 2015 campaign and later underwent season-ending surgery. The NCAA subsequently gave him a medical redshirt for the campaign. In a healthy 2014, he recorded 43 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: SEC Country
May 5 - 8:03 PM

Jaguars selected Arkansas QB Brandon Allen with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Allen (6'1/217) made 34 starts for Arkansas, setting a school record with 64 career passing touchdowns and leading the SEC in passer rating (166.5) and yards per attempt (9.3) as a senior with a 65.9% completion rate and 30:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Allen is small with small hands (8 1/2") and played in a simplistic, play-action-heavy offense at Arkansas, but he offers adequate arm strength, a quick release, and plus mobility. Allen figures to max out as an NFL backup, though he is smart and skilled enough to become a viable short-term spot starter.
Apr 30 - 4:55 PM

Titans selected Arkansas G Sebastian Tretola with the No. 193 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Tretola (6'4/314) started at left guard two years for the Razorbacks after transferring from community college, earning 2015's co-Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's top offensive lineman. Tretola's short arms (31 1/2") render him an interior-only lineman, but his power and toughness fit well there. Tretola's obvious weakness is his sub-par athleticism. Still, Tretola's ability to move people gives him NFL value. He's a no-frills, phone-booth mauler.
Apr 30 - 4:48 PM

Seahawks selected Arkansas RB Alex Collins with the No. 171 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Collins (5'10/217) rotated with Jonathan Williams until Williams suffered a year-ending injury ahead of the 2015 season, turning in a 271-1,577-20 (5.82 YPC) rushing line as the Razorbacks' feature runner last year. Although Collins was productive in college, his tape shows limited short-area burst, an inability to beat defenders to the edge, and the skill set of a workmanlike, replacement-level runner. Collins' athletic deficiencies were confirmed in Indy, running 4.59 with sluggish broad (9'5") and vertical (28 1/2") jumps. He'll be a dime-a-dozen back in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 3:32 PM

Bills selected Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams with the No. 156 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Williams (5'11/220) was an emerging star before he missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury that required surgery, earning second-team All-SEC as a junior and logging a 406-2,321-16 (5.72 YPC) career rushing line with 26 receptions. Williams recovered in time for the Arkansas Pro Day, running 4.63 and excelling in agility drills. Quick footed with surprising lateral elusiveness for his size, Williams also flashed passing-game chops before his injury. If he's fully recovered, Williams has the skill set of an NFL feature back.
Apr 30 - 2:50 PM

Chargers selected Arkansas TE Hunter Henry with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Henry (6'5/250) won the 2015 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, finishing his career with a 116-1,661-9 (14.32 YPR) receiving line across 30 starts. He didn't drop a single pass as a 2015 junior and showed plus athleticism at the Razorbacks' Pro Day, clocking 4.66 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Henry's blocking readiness was polarizing in the draft community; some thought he flashed big-time run-blocking potential while others believe Henry's technique needs to be overhauled. Either way, he projects as a passing-game weapon with the ability to create mismatches versus linebackers and safeties.
Apr 29 - 7:32 PM

ESPN Nation Falcons beat reporter Vaughn McClure predicts the team will trade back from No. 17 overall and take Arkansas TE Hunter Henry later on in the first round.

McClure notes that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff loves the depth in the class and would be looking to pick up a Rd. 3 pick. We know several other teams feel the same, so circumstance is clearly driving the bus here. Henry is the class' No. 1 TE, projected to either go late in the first or early in the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 7:24 PM

In combining the attendance numbers from every SEC spring game, the conference finished out drawing 508,994 souls.

Arkansas was the final SEC team to hold a spring game. Their Saturday fling drew 30,546 people to boost the conference over the 500,000 mark. Georgia crammed 93,000 in for their spring contest to lead the SEC. There is nothing particularly substantive about all of these numbers -- nobody will be talking about them in a month -- but even spring bragging rights are still bragging rights.
Apr 24 - 12:27 PM

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry earned 18-of-19 first-place votes for best TE in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's poll of NFL scouts.

Henry obviously finished No. 1 with 75 points. He was trailed in voting by, in order, Austin Hooper (40), Nick Vannett (38) and Jerell Adams (20). "It's just such a really, really hard position now," an NFC personnel director said. "People thought they'd get something out of (Eric) Ebron and (Austin) Seferian-Jenkins two years ago that were disappointments. Colleges are not really producing any (Mark) Chmuras or (Jason) Wittens anymore."
Apr 22 - 1:08 PM


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