FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - It is looking like the Arkansas Football team has spring fever, and in a good way.
"Through six practices I've been very impressed," coach Bret Bielema said. "Haven't what I have considered a bad practice, we haven't had one yet. You know, where you feel like you just haven't got done what you needed to get done."
Saturday's first spring scrimmage reflected the work this team has been putting in on and off the field. It's not just battle for a spot on the one's and two's.
"Some of our better players, that maybe know they're the better player, the best player on our team, what I've challenged them is kind of to compete against the rest of the SEC and the rest of the country," Bielema said.
Some of those positions being at running back. The scrimmage didn't showcase Jonathan Williams, but Alex Collins made a good case for himself on the field Saturday.
"He's probably responded very well to Jemal [Singleton], as well as I could have hoped. I think Jemal has brought things to all those guys that they've really bonded well and I can see the results on the field," Bielema said.
A big question lies with how former Charleston standout Ty Storey is fairing at the quarterback position.
"Ty is doing a lot of great things. It's just coming at him. Shoot, he should be going to prom tonight instead of watching film with us. You know those guys who come in early in January. So, I couldn't be happier with the three backup quarterbacks," Bielema said.
Out of those, it's the younger Allen who made quite the impression in Saturday's scrimmage.
"But Austin showed up today. I go back to that Ole Miss game. You know, he just came in, and he's a game day player. He takes better control of the huddle. We've been on him about that. He's doing what we expected him to do," Bielema said.
Next week's scrimmage on April 11th will be open to the public, and will focus on short yardage and moving the ball.