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QB, WR, LB becoming clearer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ fall camp is about halfway finished now. The Razorbacks’ first game is just 18 days away and a number of positions remain up for grabs.

Now with a second scrimmage out of the way — it concluded Saturday afternoon in front of fans — those races are becoming somewhat clearer. Tighter, anyway.

Let’s talk a look at three of the most important position battles and where they stand as we get closer to the opener with Florida A&M on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Backup quarterback

  • Ty Storey, sophomore: Storey took the first batch of first-team reps in Saturday’s scrimmage. The way Bielema ran the scrimmage, though, that doesn’t mean anything. Units were mixed and matched all over the place. That said, it does suggest Storey hasn’t been leapfrogged by his competition, at least not yet. Storey held the ball a little too long — a usual concern — but delivered passes as crisp and clean as he has in open practice or game competition, save one or two, including a final one on his first series that should have been intercepted. Now in his third year in the Arkansas program, Storey has been the backup to Austin Allen for more than a calendar year now.
  • Cole Kelley, redshirt freshman:  The first pass Kelley threw Saturday went for more than 30 yards. There was audible cheering from the fans who came to watch. It was also a throw to a wide-open receiver with zero pressure. Still, it was a throw that has to be made and Kelley deserves credit for making it. He also has, still, clearly the strongest arm. Far more zip than Storey on the deep ball. And Kelley’s biggest bugaboo – a tendency to throw wildly into coverage – never reared its head. Kelley had the better day Saturday, certainly.
  • Who has the edge?:  Storey, but it’s a tenuous hold.

‘Hog’ linebacker

  • Dwayne Eugene, senior:  A converted safety, Eugene has been a plugger since coming to Arkansas. He finally earned his stripes last…

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