FAYETTEVILLE - Things around Donald W. Reynolds Stadium are winding down at this point. Two weeks out from the season opener, the Arkansas football team's fall camp is finished. Follow any one of the players on Twitter and you found that out.
Now that classes have begun, the team's 105-man roster is pretty moot. Anyone on the roster, period, 105-man or not, is available for the picking. That means players like Tevin Beanum and Luke Rossi will be back around when their situations allow.
But the preseason camp was important. Things were determined. The offensive line is beginning to settle. So is the back-up quarterback situation. Of course, some other things remain. Some, even, won't be determined until halfway through the season.
For example, take Dre Greenlaw. A year ago today, Greenlaw wasn't much of a factor. He had a good fall camp, but he wasn't seen as the type of player who would finish second on the team in tackles. He didn't break into the lineup on a full-time basis, really, until the third game of the season in 2015. It's possible a player this year comes forward like that. Smart money might be on De'Jon Harris as far as that goes.
What else should you keep an eye on over the next couple weeks? A few things actually.
Ty Storey and Cole Kelley appear to be the final two candidates to back-up Austin Allen at quarterback. Anticipate Storey getting the job so the team can redshirt Kelley, a freshman. Rafe Peavey could make a late push, but based on Saturday's scrimmage, that's quite unlikely.
Watch for Dominique Reed. He has spent a good chunk of the last six months in the doghouse with coach Bret Bielema and wide receivers coach Michael Smith. His work ethic has left some things to be desired as far as the coaches are concerned. His speed and big-play ability, though, give him every opportunity to re-earn his snaps. A lot depends on his ankle, which currently has him sidelined. If it heals, figure him for a top three or four spot on the team in catches and receiving yards.
Figure on four or five tight ends. Jeremy Sprinkle is going nowhere. He is the ace of the unit and everyone knows it. Walk-on Anthony Antwine took advantage of struggles from the three tight ends who were part of the 2015 recruiting class and has established himself as the primary No. 2 receiving tight end. Austin Cantrell is the No. 2 blocking tight end and Jack Kraus plays a role of both. Will Gragg and Cheyenne O'Grady are still looking for their footing.
Bielema said several times in spring and fall 2015 the Razorbacks would roll eight or nine players along the defensive line. That didn't pan out. It probably will this year. Deatrich Wise Jr., Jeremiah Ledbetter and Taiwan Johnson are locks as starters. McTelvin Agim will get some run as the No. 1 recruit on the team. Bielema loves freshman Austin Capps and Bijhon Jackson has been a regular No. 2 the last two years. Throw in Randy Ramsey and Karl Roesler, plus Beanum (last year's starter) when he shakes off the rust from a missed spring and fall and it's a top three line in the Southeastern Conference.
Harris should have more tackles than any linebacker but Greenlaw and Brooks Ellis. It's possible he doesn't because either Khalia Hackett or Josh Williams are technically "starters" in the team's 4-3 defense at strongside linebacker. But this is a team that desperately needed to get Greenlaw and Ellis some breaks last year as the only two trustworthy linebackers on the roster. Harris can do that. He won't probably have 70 tackles. But 35-50 would be a good total in his freshman season.
Safety was the biggest weak spot on a defense ranked outside the top 100 against the pass last year. Josh Liddell and Santos Ramirez appear to have taken steps forward, but only De'Andre Coley backs them up. If something were to happen health-wise, or if any of the three struggled, options beyond them are quite limited. See who else gets some time back there in the early weeks.
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