Young Razorbacks Get Reps Share

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks resumed training on Friday with a meeting against Penn State in the Outback Bowl looming in 22 days.

The University of Arkansas (8-4) worked in spider mats inside Walker Pavilion on a blustery, overcast day, with the skies signaling storms and an impending change in warm air to a cold front overnight.

The veterans had a shorter day as they worked on stretches, about 20 minutes of exercises and a one-on-one passing session before ending with a few conditioning sprints. The young players had a longer job.

“The training went really well,” said senior cornerback Montaric Brown. “The young people had a lot of representatives. It went very well. They have done their part.

Center added Ricky Stromberg, “We had a little bit of indy [individual] today. I know the younger ones came out and played against each other today. … We went for a run.

A handful of visitors were on hand to watch the training, including the engagements of Razorbacks Isaiah Sategna and Mani Powell of Fayetteville High and JJ Hollingsworth of Greenland.

Coach Sam Pittman said it’s important to give young players plenty of reps during bowlwork on campus as coaches continue to work to formulate a game plan for the Nittany Lions. The Razorbacks won’t dive into putting the game plan into practice until the following week, Pittman said.

“I think these first six practices will be just about ourselves,” Pittman said on Sunday. “I think if we start talking and practicing about Penn State earlier than that, I think we might have some negative when we get there.

“So we’ll have a segment or two this week before Christmas, and then we’ll definitely ramp up to full speed when we get to Tampa. “

Pittman said live tackles and scrimmages would likely be limited to the younger group to keep a bit of a gap from the veterans heading into Finals week.

“We want to get back the timing of the throws and the receptions and things back and a little bit of conditioning with the older guys,” he said. “The younger guys will be hitting, obviously, throughout this process more than the older guys, and of course, until you’re about 8-10 days before the game.

“But we can look at some guys at different positions and different things like that, just try to use it a little more like a spring ball, but not with the physique with the older guys. We want to take our good players to the party, you know. “

Three Razorbacks who took part in video interviews with the media on Friday had decisions to make regarding their futures in 2022 and only one of them has made his decision public, with Stromberg announcing he plans to return to the Razorbacks for his season. senior next fall.

Brown and defensive tackle John Ridgeway, both of whom have been invited to all-star playoff games, said they made the final decisions.

“I’m not sure yet,” said Brown, who was selected as the All-SEC first-team by league coaches in a vote released this week. “I’m still deciding if I want to come back.”

Brown was asked what factors would play into his decision to declare for the draft as a fourth-year senior or return for an NCAA-authorized super senior year due to the covid-19 issues of 2020.

There are a lot of keys going in there, ”Brown said. “I just have to communicate with my family and my coaches.

Brown was invited to play at the East-West Shrine Bowl, while Ridgeway was invited to the Senior Bowl. Ridgeway, a transfer graduate from the state of Illinois, said he would like to speak more with Pittman before announcing a decision.

“I haven’t really spoken with Pitt lately,” Ridgeway said. “I’m sure I’ll be having a conversation with him this week. Right now, I’m just weighing my options, seeing what’s best for me, best for my family, and best for my future.

Ridgeway said he heard the scream from Arkansas offensive tackle Dalton Wagner on the SEC network earlier this week as he spoke about signing a World Wrestling name, image and likeness agreement. Entertainment. When host Peter Burns asked Wagner which of his teammates he would take into the ring with his as teammate, Wagner didn’t hesitate to tell Ridgeway.

“He’s tough, he’s mean and I think he enjoys wrestling as much as I do,” Wagner said.

Ridgeway and Wagner have both said they would be ready to continue playing football before moving into professional wrestling.

Ridgeway looked like he had half a foot in the ring when asked if he heard Wagner’s scream.

“Yeah, that’s cool,” he said. “I appreciate it. But I think he’s barking the wrong tree trying to beat me.

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