ARKANSAS PRESEASON CAMP CENTRAL (AUGUST 13)

The Morning Briefing:

• Arkansas defense delivers in Saturday’s scrimmage  (ArkansasNews.com)

• Four Downs: The wait continues for Davis; Johnson returns from three-day absence and runs strong; Small pulls double duty (ArkansasNews.com)

Today’s Camp Schedule:

• Practice from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the intramural fields

• Practice from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the intramural fields

Player/Position Spotlight

• RB Dennis Johnson — There’s no doubt Knile Davis is Arkansas’ top running back entering 2012. But running back Dennis Johnson showed he’s still capable of making an impact as a senior during last Saturday’s scrimmage. Johnson – who missed the previous three practices for family reasons – led Arkansas’ ground game with 76 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Razorback Stadium. While it wasn’t a gaudy day, consider this: Johnson averaged 5.1 yards an attempt while Arkansas’ other returning backs Ronnie Wingo and Kody Walker managed 33 rushing yards on 21 attempts (1.6 an attempt).  Johnson was especially impressive during a 20-yard run, carrying defenders for several yards. Arkansas coach John L. Smith was impressed: “I thought he ran real hard. I thought he did a darned good job. I was pleased with him for the most part. He stayed healthy and he ran like Dennis should run.”

Fact of the Day

•  Scrimmage stats are unofficial. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say Arkansas’ 12 unofficial sacks were a record for scrimmages during the Bobby Petrino era (2008-present). The defense impressed during the 160-play scrimmage in Razorback Stadium, making scores of plays in the backfield. Most of them came against the second- and third-team offensive lines. Two-way player Kiero Small, linebacker Austin Jones and defensive end Brandon Lewis led the way with two sacks, helping the defense enjoy a solid day. “The offense in past years would be on the victory side of the scrimmages, score up and down touchdowns,” defensive end Trey Flowers said. “It felt good for the defense to be on the other side, the victory side.”

Tweet of the Day

“I'm ready 4 Sept 1!! #Hurry!!!” — Defensive tackle Robert Thomas (@Razorback98)

Quote of the Day

“We’re going to be excited for the season opener and for him to get started. And whenever he gets full contact, I know it’s going to be trouble for a defense. I’m very anxious. I think me and the whole world are ready to see what he’s going to do.” – Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton on the continued wait to see RB Knile Davis, who sat out last Saturday’s scrimmage, receiver his first full contact work.

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