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FARM • HOME • LIABILITY 2209 North Henbest Drive Fayetteville 479-442-2612 w a s h i n g t o n i n s . n e t S E R V I N G A R K A N S A S S I N C E 1 9 2 2 Washington County Farmers Mutual I N S U R A N C E Company Sunday, August 26, 2018 17 Arkansas Football Arkansas Position Analysis By Tom Murphy The advent of the Chad Morris regime led to clean slates for all the players, and long-running position battles ensued at many positions. This analysis is being written during the second week of camp, so it might vary from the personnel deployment the Arkansas Razorbacks will use for their season opener Sept. 1 against Eastern Illinois. POSITION ANALYSIS CONTINUES THROUGH PAGE 30 Quarterback Chad Morris and quarterbacks coach Joe Craddock, the offensive coordinator, hardly tipped their hands at who might end up winning this competition from the outset of spring drills into the second week of camp. The only players with college experience, Ty Storey and Cole Kelley, have plenty of pros and cons. Kelley went 2-2 as a starter for the injured Austin Allen in 2017, completing 87 of 151 passes (57.6 percent) for 1,038 yards, with 8 TDs and 4 INTs. Kelley's 127.5 efficiency was only slightly lower than Allen's 132.5, and they had the same 2-1 TD-to-INT ratio. Storey's limited game action has not been impres- sive, and the Bret Bielema regime did him no favors by not giving him substantial reps in clean-up time when he was the top backup in 2016. Storey's knowledge of the scheme and film study impressed the coaches, and he's largely removed the hitch in his delivery. He's taken most of his camp snaps with the top offense. Proving his ability to move the ball, avoid negative plays and score points are critical, as Kelley does have that on his resume. Kelley was a powerful runner last year, and he should be faster after dropping down to 255 pounds. However, his maturity has been an issue, and his ball security and overall consistency need to be cleaner. Redshirt freshman Daulton Hyatt and true freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones got chances with the top unit in camp and have solid dual-threat capabilities. The new redshirt rules will add intrigue to how this trio is handled this fall. NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Razorbacks quarterbacks Ty Storey (front) and Cole Kelley pose for a portrait Aug. 4 at the Razorbacks' practice field in Fayetteville.

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