Razorbacks need more from passing game in 2022 and Friday was a good start

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KJ Jefferson was not named a preseason All-SEC selection for the 2022 season. Much to the annoyance, obviously, of many Arkansas football fans and followers.

Part of the reason, perhaps, was Jefferson’s modest passing numbers in 2022. He had just better than a 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But his 21 touchdown passes were seventh in the SEC and his 2,676 yards passing were ninth. Those numbers came with Treylon Burks at his disposal, too.

So when Jefferson – and reserve Malik Hornsby – looked sharp for a bulk of Arkansas’ first practice Friday, positive signs for the future were apparent.

“To start off, I thought we threw and caught the ball really well for the first day,” Pittman said. “Not a lot of errors. Not a lot of balls on the ground. Snaps from center to quarterback seemed to be good.”

If the praise sounds faint, remember it was only the first practice of the season.

Hornsby, who will also see time at wide receiver, had an especially nice pass to Jaedon Wilson for a score midway through camp. Wilson is seeking to establish himself as one of the top six in the Razorbacks hierarchy at wide receiver.

“I told him, ‘Nobody knows who you are, bro,'” Pittman said. “If you want them to know who you are, you have to do what he did in practice today.”

Arkansas’ first unit of wideouts were as expected: Jadon Haselwood, Ketron Jackson Jr. and Warren Thompson.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire