FAYETTEVILLE - One thing Arkansas coach Bielema has always liked about Rawleigh Williams III is the running back’s commitment to family and his family’s commitment to him. On Signing Day 2015, Bielema praised Rawleigh Jr. and Kim in their raising of their son.

FAYETTEVILLE - One thing Arkansas coach Bielema has always liked about Rawleigh Williams III is the running back’s commitment to family and his family’s commitment to him. On Signing Day 2015, Bielema praised Rawleigh Jr. and Kim in their raising of their son.


So when Kim Williams wanted to get a second-opinion the Arkansas running back’s neck injury and Bielema did not try to talk her out of it.


There was good news all the way around.


"As a mother should found a second opinion to go visit with and what was awesome is it lined up exactly with what our people on campus had said," Bielema said Wednesday.


Williams III is cleared for all all non-football drills and most on-field action. The only thing he can’t do is scrimmage come spring. Still, given the nature and seriousness of the injury, Bielema said he probably will limit what Williams III goes through come April, anyway.


"It’s going to very, very guarded conditions (in spring) I put him into just for my well-being, his well-being and his parents," Bielema said. "Really, if all things go forward, he should be full-go for fall."


If so Williams will compete with sixth-year senior Kody Walker and signee Devwah Whaley for the bulk of the carries. Whaley was the No. 2-rated player Arkasnas signed Wednesday behind Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim.


Non-confirmation Confirmation


Anyone still hoping for an open competition for the quarterback position come spring is going to be disappointed, it seems. Bielema said Wednesday that junior Austin Allen is the clear front-runner.


"By no means is he perfect or close to the level we need. But I’d say he’s getting close," Bielema said.


Allen is the only quarterback on the roster (of five total) with any college experience. He has 19 career pass attempts, but has served as the No. 2 behind his older brother Brandon for the last two seasons.


It was expected Allen would be the primary, but what was unexpected were Bielema’s words about Ricky Town, the freshman quarterback who transferred from USC just before last season began. Town is a clear No. 4 behind Allen, sophomore Rafe Peavey and redshirt freshman Ty Storey.


"He never really got a grasp of the offense," Bielema said. "We put him in there during bowl prep and he literally did not know any Hoganese (what Bielema calls his team’s vernacular). He was deficient in Hoganese so he couldn’t really call plays. (Offensive coordinator Dan Enos) is getting on him and he’s like ‘uhhhh,’ like we’re speaking French to him. That’s going to be a really big part of what we do this spring is bring along Ricky."


Bielema finished the day by saying 2016 recruit Cole Kelley would get every opportunity to not only serve as a back-up, but potentially as a starter when he arrives.


Gone, Not Forgotten and Vice Versa


Bielema said Wednesday he has temporarily removed tight end C.J. O’Grady, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and linebacker/defensive end Jamario Bell from the team because of grades.


"Until they show me that they’re going to uphold to the standards I believe they have to academically, they’ll be removed just to put a reminder in their ear it’s academics before athletics to get on the field," Bielema said. "They’ve got to learn that. I think they’ve been very attentive here the first three days of the week. I expect that to come back full-circle on Monday. If not they’ll stay removed."


All three were members of the 2015 recruiting class. Greenlaw was a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman team after recording 95 tackles in his first season. O’Grady played only several snaps in 2015 and Bell was a redshirt player as he changed positions.


Bielema was more upbeat when speaking of a different linebacker, Randy Ramsey.


Ramsey has stayed on the coach’s good side in his first month back. He was removed from the team before last season because of off-the-field troubles. It was thought the suspension was for good, but Bielema mentioned him in early January for the first time since August. Ramsey is now a walk-on, paying his own way through school. His talent, though, combined with Arkansas’ lack of linebacker depth, means he will compete for a starting role come fall.


"Met with (strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert) this morning, said Randy’s been outstanding," Bielema said. "He’s been paying his own way as a non-scholarship player here. Really been impressed with what he brings to the table so far."


Something You Might Be Interested In: WR Drew Morgan (shoulder) and CB D.J. Dean (lower body) are both on-track to be ready for spring practice after minor offseason surgeries. TE Jack Kraus (ACL) is unlikely to be cleared by then. … LB Josh Williams (leg) made significant progress in January with his potentially career-ending injury. Bielema said it’s still possible Williams is cleared to play before his time at Arkansas is through, but if he isn’t the now-linebacker would be an assistant coach if Bielema gets his way. … Hjalte Froholdt, part of the 2015 recruiting class, has been moved from defensive tackle to offensive line. Froholdt will serve as a reserve at guard for now, Bielema said. It is also possible WR Duwop Mitchell moves to running back or safety in an effort to get his athleticism on the field more often. Arkansas has its top four returning wide receivers back in 2016.


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