Arkansas Football: Spring practice dates announced

It’s almost that time of year again.

The weather is getting warmer which means that spring football is just around the corner for the Arkansas football team.

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Today Arkansas announced when they will be holding spring practices for the team. Like every year, they are also expected to have some of the practices open to the public as well.

Bret Bielema took a lot of heat last year for never having open practices, but this year nine of the fifteen will be open to the media. All of the practices lead up to the Spring Game set for April, 26 at one in the afternoon.

Here are the practice dates:

Sunday, March 16

Tuesday, March 18

Thursday, March 20

Tuesday, April 1

Thursday, April 3

Saturday, April 5

Tuesday, April 8

Thursday, April 10

Saturday, April 12

Tuesday, April 15

Thursday, April 17

Saturday, April 19

Tuesday, April 22

Thursday, April 24

Saturday, April 26 (Red-White Game, 1 p.m.)

While the summer practices with the full team for next season may be more important and telling, spring practices give you a good idea of who can come and be play makers for the upcoming season.

The position group that I am most excited to see this spring is at the quarterback spot. Right now it seems as though Brandon Allen will be the leading candidate for the job, but three to four other guys will be right on his heels for the entire offseason including his younger brother Austin Allen.

Spring practice will give us a chance to see how much Allen and Damon “Duwop” Mitchell have developed in their redshirt years. This will also give us a first look at highly recruited quarterback Rafe Peavey since he has already enrolled this spring semester.

This position is essentially wide-open and all of these guys will get the opportunity to earn some reps under center.

A few other positions will be interesting to see as well.

Who is going to replace Kiero Small at the fullback position which is an extremely vital role in the Razorback’s running game?

Who is going to step up at the receiver position this year after a rather mediocre season for the position from a year ago?

And finally, who is going to step up and be a contributor in the back seven of the underachieving defense and how much different will it look under new coordinator Robb Smith?

All of these questions and so much more will be answered over the course of the next couple of months and it all starts with the first practice on Sunday.