Arkansas Spring Football Game Will Be Even Matchup
Dennis Johnson versus Ronnie Wingo.
Jake Bequette versus Demarcus Love.
Wide receiver phenoms Cobi Hamilton and Greg Childs matched up versus Jarius Wright and Joe Adams...
Bobby Petrino's decision to split the spring game roster ensures that Razorback fans who travel to Fayetteville this Saturday for "Razor Fest" will be richly rewarded with a great power struggle.
Here is a link to the complete (unofficial) spring game roster.
With such great talent lined up on both the Red and White teams, it is really a toss-up as to which team will win. Either way, it should prove a fascinating battle.
(c) Jason Ivester | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Will Arkansas fans see an improved secondary performance? In last year's spring game, (not to mention the season!) that group got supremely torched.
Even though Ryan Mallett will be sitting out of the game due to a foot injury, the Arkansas secondary will still be challenged by Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell on the Red Team and Nick Petrino and Jacoby Walker on the White Team.
Which team will win?
Though he is no Ryan Mallett, and stands knee-high to a grasshopper at just 5'11", it will be intriguing to see whether walk-on Nick Petrino's performance as field marshal this Saturday will reflect his genetic football knowledge.
What kind of running plays could we see from Jacoby Walker and Brandon Mitchell? With those two mobile quarterbacks sure to clock playing time, the spring game might give us just a tiny glimpse of Bobby Petrino's "missing Michael Vick playbook ."
By all accounts, the players themselves are also very excited about the split roster, with up-and-comers having a chance to shine right next to the team's best players.
Keep an eye on Terrell Williams at Red Team middle linebacker and Rudell Crim at White Team strong safety. Both have been assigned new defensive positions this spring and both have shown flashes of great potential that should give fans a reason to hope for a better defense this fall.
After Dennis Johnson was snubbed in the pre-spring roster, I especially look forward to the running back battle between Dennis and Ronnie Wingo, and expect to see great runs from both backs.
If you are exiled from God's country like me, be sure to tune in at 7:00 pm ET for the game on ESPN3.com . The ESPN schedule does show that the broadcast will be subject to blackouts. I hope and pray that does not include my area of the country!
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