Basketball is over. It’s time to move on to the next chapter of 2008 Arkansas athletics. Spring. Spring means two things to most Razorback fans. SEC competition for the baseball team and spring football practice.
The Hogs (14-8) play five games in the next six days, opening with a two game home tilt against the Centenary Gentlemen (13-4) and then three in Nashville, TN against Vanderbilt. Centenary hasn’t played anyone notable other than Texas A&M who won the two games by a combined score of 12-4. They are surrendering almost five runs a game and maybe the Hog sluggers can feast on some weaker pitching like they did during their non-conference schedule earlier this year.
Vanderbilt is currently at the bottom of the SEC East, but has a better conference record than the Razorbacks. They are 1-1 in series so far, taking two of three from South Carolina and dropping two of three to Alabama. The Hogs have lost both of their SEC series, winning one game against Georgia and one game against LSU. While nothing this early is absolutely critical, this team needs to win the Vandy series for confidence and wins, period.
There are so many questions that will hopefully be answered during this spring’s football practice. Who will come out of the spring as the starter at QB? Which of the secondary will be able to step up to fill the shoes of the graduated players? Will Chip Gregory move to the top of the running back depth chart or will Michael Smith and Brandon Barnett stay at the top? Which players that didn’t contribute last year will find their names on the two-deep?
One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on the new Razorback coaching staff to see how they operate and what kind of new schemes will we be running on each side of the ball. Spring practice starts on April 3 and wraps up with a full scrimmage at the Red-White Spring Football Game after 15 workouts.
Yay for spring!