Arkansas releases pre-spring depth chart

March, 18, 2010
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino released the Hogs' pre-spring depth chart on Wednesday in preparation for the start of spring practice on March 30.

Of note, sophomore Ronnie Wingo Jr. will open No. 1 at running back. He's now pushing 230 pounds. Petrino thinks he has four running backs who can play, and they're all different types of runners. One thing he'd like to see out of junior Dennis Johnson is more durability.

Also, senior Jermaine Love is listed as the starter at middle linebacker, while both Jerry Franklin and Freddy Burton -- the starters a year ago -- are listed at one outside linebacker spot and junior Jerico Nelson at the other outside linebacker spot.

Junior Isaac Madison, who missed last season after suffering a knee injury, is listed third-team at one cornerback, but that will change. Madison probably won't go through much contact in the spring, but he was the Hogs' best cornerback before he got hurt. They never recovered in the secondary after he went down.

With Ryan Mallett recovering from a broken toe this spring, Tyler Wilson will work with the first unit at quarterback.

"This is my time to get better as a player, quarterback and person," Wilson said. "I’m going to come in every day like this is my team and my responsibility. The way the team is during the spring is a reflection of how it will be during the season, so I take it as my duty to lead this team and get things ready for Ryan whenever he’s able to get back on the field."

Junior defensive end Jake Bequette said the goal for the defense this spring was crystal clear.

"Our goal is to bring up the caliber of our defense," Bequette said. "We always set our expectations high, and in order to do that, we have to be more consistent. We have to have those complete games and we are holding teams in single digits and really shutting them down. We want to keep the ball in our offense's hands and allow them to be really successful.“

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