MONTICELLO – The Arkansas-Monticello football team showed signs of greatness – both offensively and defensively – in Friday’s spring game at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.
“Offensively, we knew we would go into the spring with a lot of tempo,” UAM head coach Hud Jackson said. “We created some stressful situations for our defense and they reacted very well.
“I thought it was tremendous the way our defense reacted the way they did. Coaches had to make calls quicker and our players had to get to the calls and to their positions quicker. The defense was put under a lot of stress this spring.
“It was exciting and good to see. I think it is a lot to build on.”
Offensively, UAM scored four touchdowns in the practice.
“There were a lot of positives,” Jackson said. “We did some good things on defense and had a couple of big stops and some turnovers.
“Offensively, we scored some points and saw some flashes on some plays. I thought it was pretty good.”
After not being able to get in a couple of earlier schedule scrimmages, Jackson said Friday’s scrimmage was necessary.
“We need to get another scrimmage in,” Jackson said. “This was a little bit more important than your typical spring game.
“Normally a spring game isn’t going to go more than 80 plays. We did a lot more just so we could evaluate.”
UAM ran about 137 plays in just under 2 hours of play.
“We wanted to see our quarterbacks under fire,” Jackson said. “We wanted to see how our skill guys would react when the flow of the game is a little bit quicker.
“Defensively, we needed to see how some of our younger guys would react. I saw some of you younger guys really flash.”
On Friday, the Boll Weevils showcased a balanced attack running about the same amount of passing and running plays. Jackson said that might not always be the case in a game-situation.
“I think we will do whatever the defense gives us,” Jackson said;. “You don’t want to get locked into doing something, that’s not going to be very productive for you.
“At times it could be very balanced, or at times it could be 80/20.”
UAM will open the season on Sept. 7 against East Central in Ada, Okla. The Boll Weevils finished 1-10 last season, with their only win coming at the beginning of the season against College of Faith.