Reviewing Arkansas' spring game

April, 26, 2010
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Arkansas' best player, quarterback Ryan Mallett, watched the Hogs' Red-White spring game from the sideline on Saturday.

Recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, Mallett didn't participate in any of spring practice. Still, he had a front-row seat to the kind of talent he's going to be surrounded by in 2010, and Arkansas fans also got a glimpse of the future in young guns Brandon Mitchell and Jacoby Walker.

Mitchell, a redshirt freshman quarterback, ran for two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder. He also threw a 69-yard pass to Greg Childs, setting up Mitchell's 1-yard touchdown run.

Walker, a true freshman quarterback, finished 6 of 11 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Jarius Wright on a 47-yard scoring strike and also threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Wingo Jr.

Nick Petrino, the son of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, sealed the 31-21 win for the White team with a 3-yard touchdown run in the final minutes.

Coach Petrino divided the roster evenly in order to play a real game. A crowd of 30,000 showed up, although heavy rains probably kept some fans away.

Tyler Wilson started at quarterback for the Red team and finished 8-of-15 for 133 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton.

Wingo had a big game, but he also lost a fumble. Petrino wasn't pleased by some of the sloppiness, but he liked the way his players were competing, especially on defense.

"I thought it was real competitive," Petrino said. "I thought the players were flying around and competing. We were sloppy at certain things, particularly putting the ball on the ground. That’s something we don’t do a lot of. Maybe it’s because we were hitting hard and flying to the ball."

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