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Hicks gets the starting nod for week one against Portland State

Hicks gets the starting nod for week one against Portland State


INTO PORTLAND STATE. BEN HICKS. THE COMPETITION BETWEEN BEN AND NICK HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE TO SAY THE LEAST OVER THREE WEEKS.” (*TER*)) CHAD MORRIS… FINALLY ANSWERING THE QUESTION FANS HAVE BEEN ASKING ALL SUMMER LONG…. BEN HICKS…. ANNOUNCED AS THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR ARKANSAS’ SEASON OPENER THIS WEEKEND…. BUT WHY PICK THE SMU GRAD TRANSFER… OVER FORMER TEXAS A&M QUARTERBACK…NICK STARKEL???… TO FIND OUT…HERE’S MIKE IRWIN…. MIKE IRWIN: EXPERIENCE OVER TALENT. THAT’S SORT OF HOW CHAD MORRIS AND JOE CRADDOCK EXPLAINED THE DECISION TO NAME BEN HICKS ARKANSAS’ STARTING QUARTERBACK IN THE SEASON OPENER. HERE’S CRADDOCK ON THE EXPERIENCE HICKS HAS USED TO HIS ADVANTAGE DURING PRESEASON CAMP. JOE CRADDOCK- OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: HE CAN REALLY GET EVERYBODY GOING IN THE RIGHT WAY. MAKE SURE IF A RECEIVER IS SPLIT OUT TOO WIDE, IF A FRESHMAN RECEIVER’S SPLIT OUT TOO WIDE OR TOO TIGHT HE CAN BE ABLE TO MOVE ‘EM AROUND AND MAKE PROTECTION CALLS. HELP THE OFFENSIVE LINE. HELP THE RUNNING BACKS. MIKE IRWIN: BUT THE HEAD COACH ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT A LOT OF FANS WILL BE THINKING. HICKS MAY KNOW THE OFFENSE BETTER AND MAY BE MORE EXPERIENCED IN THE SYSTEM BUT….. CHAD MORRIS-ARKANSAS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: DOES THE BALL JUMP OUT OF HIS HANDS LIKE IT DOES NICK? NO. I THINK ANYBODY CAN SEE THAT. YOU CAN WATCH THAT IN WARMUP. MIKE IRWIN: BUT MORRIS SAYS THAT HICKS HAS A BETTER OVERALL KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE TO THROW THE BALL AND THAT TRUMPS ARM STRENGTH. HE ALSO EMPHAZIED THAT STARKLE WILL PLAY. IN FACT HIS GOAL IS TO GET HIM MORE EXPERIENCE IN A HURRY. REGARDLESS OF THE STARTER OR WHO WILL PLAY IT’S OBVIOUS THAT MORRIS FEELS LIKE HE HAS MUCH BETTER OPTIONS AT QUARTERBACK THAN HE DID A YEAR AGO. CHAD MORRIS: I’VE BEEN HIGHLY IMPRESSED BY THE IMPROVEMENT AND THE COMPETITION AT THIS POSITION. MIKE IRWIN: MORRIS ALSO RELEASED HIS FIRST DEPTH CHART OF THE SEASON REVEALING THAT NOT A SINGLE PLAYER WHO STARTED IN THE 2018 SEASON OPENER WILL DO SO THIS SATURDAY. A STARTLING INDICATION OF THE CHANGES THAT HAVE YEAR TWO UNDER CHAD MORRIS BEGINS IN JUST A FEW DAYS…. ARKANSAS AND PORTLAND STATE… THIS SATURDAY…AT RAZORBACK STADIUM… KICKOFF…SET FOR 3PM….AIRING ON SEC NETWORK… FOR MORE ON THE QUARTERBACK SITUATION AT ARKANSAS… YOU CAN HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AND READY ABOUT BEN HICKS…. PLUS WATCH MIKE IRWIN AND TOM MURPHY FROM THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC GAZZETT GIVE A BREAKDOWN OF THE ENTIRE TEAM…. PLUS…YOU CAN CATCH UP ON ALL THE LATEST RECRUITING NEWS… (*TER*)) FORMER ARKANSAS QUARTERBACK…. RYAN MALLETT… IN THE CAPITOL CITY THIS AFTERNOON…. FOR THE LITTLE

Comments (4)

  1. I’m happy with it

  2. Morris better be smart enough to pull Hicks when he starts heaving INTs like he's gonna do.Bama is gonna eat his ass alive 😂

  3. Weren't Smith, Harris, Henry, Curl, Silver, Lindsey, Warren, Limpert and Agim all listed as starters game 1 last year? And a bunch more of this years starters started as second team and played last year, some becoming starters. The skill position starters, Cunningham, Jackson and Brown were not in the 2-deep for E. Illinois, but I believe Jackson was injured. We know Boyd got in and Whalley and Hayden are backing him up this year and O'Grady played and we graduated 2 starting WRs, the second TE, and 3 starting OLs. Exaggerate much, Irwin? I think maybe Arkansans should recruit some sports journalists to replace the program apologists we have in place now. Maybe then we could start to hold the adults in charge accountable, and stop blaming our student athletes for all our woes.

  4. We better stop talking about "us" and focus on PORTLAND STATE! (I've seen this movie before!)

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