By Otis Kirk
Arkansas returned to the practice field for the first time since March 13 and impressed Chad Morris. Arkansas had spring break last week.
“I thought our energy level was the best that it’s been all spring and we’ve had some good energy days,” Morris said. “I thought we started out strong and remained strong for the majority of the practices. So I was really, really excited to see that. It was really good to see the guys excited to be back out on the field.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve been on the practice field taking spring break but those guys got out there and got after it. We did a few things a little bit different. We did a lot of emphasis today which consisted of some hard looks on both sides of the ball. So it was great to see both sides of the ball be strained in some different areas. And that will continue that way through these next few practices. We’ll continue doing that.”
Morris updated a new injury and talked about Austin Capps not being at practice as well.
“Mike Woods and Austin Capps were not out there today,” Morris said. “Mike was out there in yellow but he’ll be done the rest of the spring. He had surgery on his wrist. He’ll be back in early summer. Austin Capps has the flu.”
With Capps out, that allowed Arkansas to look at junior Myron Cunningham at a different position. He played the left guard usually held down by Capps. Cunningham has been battling Colton Jackson at left tackle.
“We moved Myron Cunningham, and got some work inside today,” Morris said. “Really pleasantly surprised with Myron and excited about him. He’s going to be a great addition to this football team. He’s definitely creating depth and he’s pushing guys. It’s really showing watching Colton Jackson play right now. Dalton Wagner is doing some really good things. I’m excited where our offensive line is going. We are a long way, away.”
Senior defensive tackle Sosa Agim has continued to be dominant in practices. Morris had praise for him and what his expectations are for him.
“It’s tough to block Sosa,” Morris said. “Sosa is disruptive all spring. One thing we ask of him is consistency. Can he continue to be this way and continue to play with the technique and the pad level we ask? Overall I was really pleased to get back out on the field and pleased with today’s practice and just excited to see the energy level and this football team to continue to grow.”
Ben Hicks mentioned Agim too. What is it that Agim is doing that is leading to his success?
“I think he has accepted the buy in of moving inside and understands if he can continue to focus every day on just his technique and fundamentals he can be as good as there are in our league,” Morris said. “But it’s about being consistent. That has been my challenge to him. How consistent can you be? That is coach (John) Chavis’ and Coach (Kenny) Ingram’s challenge to him how can you play consistently?
“Anyone can go out there and play a little bit. Can you consistently play at the high level you tell us you want to be at? So that’s the challenge. But I will give him credit as I mentioned earlier in my opening comments he has done a phenomenal job. Now we need him to continue being the leader of that unit and be one of the leaders of this football team like he wants to be.”
D’Vone McClure was asked if he thinks Agim has looked like a man among boys?
“It ain’t no look,” McClure said. “He’s definitely a man among boys. There’s a lot of dudes you can talk about when it comes to that D-line – you’ve got Isaiah Nichols. Today was their best day by far. We didn’t even really have to cover today because they were in the backfield quick today. Sosa is doing a really good job taking over that group and moving them in the right direction. They get extra work in before practice and after practice.”
Arkansas will practice Thursday, Friday and then hold a major scrimmage in the stadium on Saturday.