Razorback report: Haselwood impresses with tough holds

FAYETTEVILLE — The media was about to leave the University of Arkansas training grounds on Sunday when the offense began a one-on-one period with receivers and cornerbacks battling for passes.

On the first snap, Jadon Haselwood drove a deep road against safety Jalen Catalon on the right sideline.

Catalon was in near perfect position but the 6ft 3in Haselwood beat him anyway, reaching out and catching the ball in his right hand before falling to the grass.

Eyebrows were raised when Haselwood handed over the best available take to be seen by the media for three days of camp. Catalon shouted his admiration for the fine catch twice as the duo raced up the pitch.

The Razorbacks are looking for a standout player to take some Treylon Burks-style screenshots last season. Haselwood is one of the top candidates.

That comes as no surprise to running backs coach Jimmy Smith, who was beaming when asked on Saturday to reunite with Haselwood, who played for him when Smith won state titles at Cedar Grove High in suburban Atlanta. .

“See the smile?” Smith asked. “He’s my guy.”

Haselwood said in the spring that he was very interested in Arkansas when he entered the transfer portal after starting his career in Oklahoma.

“He was kind of like a role model in my high school life,” Haselwood said. “He kind of grew me up and made me who I am today. I just came to him for advice and he didn’t even really pressure me to look up. another school.

Smith called the reunion with Haselwood a “beautiful thing”, then added, “It went well. He’s just one of those guys who fits in perfectly.

cry of strength

Tight ends trainer Dowell Loggains, speaking of Trey Knox’s ability to put on weight and stay fit, nimble and quick, praised strength and conditioning coach Jamil Walker and his team.

“He’s as good as any strength coach in America,” Loggains said. “When you go from professional football to college football, you always hear stories about how important the strength coach is. You don’t know that until you get here and see how long they spend with these guys.

“The strength staff deserve a ton of credit. It’s a huge reason why we win, and these guys did a great job, and Trey made the right decisions and did the right things.

Hot start

The receivers got off to a good start in a one-on-one against the defensive backs at the start of Sunday’s practice – the third of fall camp.

After Jadon Haselwood pulled out his one-handed gem, Ketron Jackson Jr. and Warren Thompson both made huge catches. Jackson passed Khari Johnson for his catch and Thompson high jumped off the sideline to defeat Hudson Clark’s tight coverage.

4 for 4

Malik Hornsby went 4-for-4, on mostly short passes on the fastball start for the second offense. Hornsby found Jaedon Wilson on a quick tilt with Keaun Parker in cover and safety Jayden Johnson in position to deliver a devastating blow before heading away.

Hornsby’s next two passes went to tight end Nathan Bax, the first a short gain down the left edge and the second an open throw into the right seam that would have gained good yards. Quincey McAdoo caught a quick loop from Hornsby to end the segment.

Staff update

Substitute center Marcus Henderson (pectoral muscle) and nickel back Jacorrei Turner (shoulder) continued to wear green shirts.

Linebacker Christopher Paul returned to practice Sunday after only watching the second day Saturday.

Tight end Hudson Henry struggled through the first practice Friday, which was conducted with temperatures in the mid-90s and a heat index approaching 100.

“That first day, I struggled a lot with breathing issues,” Henry said. “I have asthma and it was difficult to breathe, so it was kind of a challenge.

“But the last two days I’ve been out and I’ve been able to finish training and I’ve been able to do some good.”

The transfer of linebacker Drew Sanders, who takes reps on the front line with Bumper Pool, didn’t cross the team’s “fastball debut,” which is usually practice. Jordan Crooks and Mani Powell worked with the second unit on Sunday.

Rashod up

Freshman receiver Rashod Dubinion took all four snaps on fastball starts with best offense and quarterback KJ Jefferson as Raheim “Rocket” Sanders took a break during the drill.

Dubinion had a run during the streak, while Jefferson went 1 for 2, throwing low for Jadon Haselwood and hitting tight end Trey Knox for a short gain. In the fourth game, the defense covered well and Jefferson had to rush to his right before the play was stifled.

AJ Green ran with the second unit and Javion Hunt had a solid run with the third group.

No cap

Tight ends coach Dowell Loggains, who has spent 15 years on the NFL coaching staff, including six as an offensive coordinator, since finishing at Arkansas in 2004, has taken to talk about the rise of the transfer portal combined with NIL money in college football. .

“It’s free agency with no rules, and there’s no salary cap,” Loggains said. “That’s the difference in the NFL is that it opened up one day, and you prepared all this time, and you knew, ‘Hey, his contract is running out, and his contract is running out’. exhaust.’ And you prepare, so you were lucky to have a game plan and it stopped at some point.

“It’s harder now because you have a transfer portal that we have people who just stare at the transfer portal all day and keep hitting refresh on their computer and keep looking. And it all turns into…it’s kind of like free agency with no rules.

Wreck report

Tight end Trey Knox, speaking in a new conference for the first time since the car accident he was in in Little Rock during spring break, said it was a scary deal.

“It was pretty bad, I’m not going to lie,” Knox said. “I succeeded and no one was injured in the car. That’s really all you can ask for.

“I was truly blessed, I only had a concussion and a small scratch on my forehead.”

corner game

Redshirt junior Malik Chavis ran for first-team cornerback on fastball starts each day at camp with Hudson Clark.

Chavis also got time with the starting unit during spring drills, along with Clark, transfer Dwight McGlothern and LaDarrius Bishop.

Bax-on-Ridge

Tight end Nathan Bax was at Illinois State at the same time as defensive tackle John Ridgeway, who traded to the Razorbacks in 2021, the year after Bax, and had a huge impact on Season 9 -4 from last year before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. in the fifth round in April.

“He was actually on my official visit,” Bax said. “He’s the same person he was here, great personality. Same style of play, just being an animal in the trenches.

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