Hogs have first fall scrimmage Saturday afternoon at DWRS.
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas will have its first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Stadium.The team won't be going full-out, complete game-like conditions in length. It will be, however, full-out, game-like in its contact and intensity, coach Bret Bielema said. Starters and first reserves will probably get a total of about 50 plays. Players like Deatrich Wise Jr., Brooks Ellis and Jeremy Sprinkle likely won't see quite that many, though. Their health takes a greater concern than repetition. They're all seniors. "It might be in that 30 to 35 plays and we might have everybody else go 50 to figure out and feel what it's like to play pretty much a three-quarter game of big-time football." Running back Jonathan Williams, who left for the NFL after last season, was lost for the year at the team's first fall scrimmage in 2015. He took a seemingly standard hit in the backfield about halfway through and picked himself up before limping away behind the play to trainers where he returned to the ground. It was announced a couple days later Williams was done with a broken foot. Arkansas will have an updated 105-man roster before the scrimmage. Wide receiver Luke Rossi, for one, will be off as he deals with with a leg injury. It's possible defensive end Tevin Beanum returns to the team after being left the initial 105 as he dealt with personal issues. Bielema said his starter a 'R' defensive end last year was nearing a return. "To get someone in, you have to have someone out," Bielema said. "Defensive line wise, nobody has had any issues whatsoever. O-line haven't lost anybody. Linebacker and tight ends - that's going to be that group, if someone left, that's where I would be able to work him in." Arkansas will likely have at least one more scrimmage before the season starts September 3 against Louisiana Tech, if not two. Follow Eric on Twitter: @ericwbolin