Monday, April 23, 2012
Recapping Arkansas' spring game
By Edward Aschoff
A record 45,250 showed up to watch Arkansas' Red team defeat the White 65-0 in Saturday's Red-White Spring Game in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Coaching controversy didn't stop Arkansas fans coming out in full force, and it didn't stop the Razorbacks from being focused or putting on quite the offensive show.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson didn't hold back at all, as he completed 31 of 41 passes for 467 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns went to tight end Chris Gragg. One was for a 6-yard score early in the first quarter, while the second was a 60-yard score that came with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Gragg finished the game with nine catches for 130 yards.
Wilson's top receiving target was rising senior Cobi Hamilton, who ended the day with 11 catches for 156 yards. Marquel Wade was third on the Red team in receiving, catching six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Knile Davis was held out of the game, giving Ronnie Wingo Jr. and Dennis Johnson the limelight. Wingo had a game-high 88 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while Johnson carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards and another score.
As for the White team, Brandon Mitchell led the way with 72 passing yards on 8 of 13 passing. He also took snaps with the Red team, passing for 30 yards and a 15-yard touchdown to Wade early in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Keante Minor led the White team with 53 yards on six receptions.
Defensively, White team linebacker Robert Atiga recorded a game-high 12 tackles. Teammates Houston Pruitt and Alan Turner both finished with 11 tackles. Defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith each registered two sacks for the Red team. Cornerback Kaelon Kelleybrew led the Red team with five tackles and also grabbed the only interception in the game, which he returned for 44 yards.
For more on Arkansas' spring game go to the school's official website.