Spring Practice Stand Outs to Watch for in Saturday Spring Games Across the SEC

Spring time is upon us, which means the college football technically starts with a full round of spring games this Saturday. In this article, I identify some players for several SEC teams that have gotten alot of talk early in spring practice that could be good to keep your eyes on on Saturday and in 2024.
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TE, Luke Hasz (Arkansas)

After freshman season where he appeared in five games and caught balls for 253 yards and three touchdowns, the tight end Hasz returns to the Hogs and offensive coordinator, Bobby Petrino is singing his praises pre-season.

In an interview with Natty State Sports, Petrino commented that “Luke’s special. He’s a really special player, and his ability to run routes, catch the ball…He’s a special receiver. He’s going to get open and make big plays for us.”

This is high praise coming from the former head coach of the Razorbacks that coached tight ends like D.J. Williams and Chris Gragg.

QB, Taylen Green (Arkansas)

Early into spring practice, the Boise State quarterback transfer, Green already looked the part for the Razorbacks. Not only physically, but play-wise as well he seemed to be out-performing the other quarterbacks.

Green was hand-picked in theory by some as the transfer quarterback that offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino had selected. The counter was that star quarterback Jacoby Criswell who backed up last years started KJ Jefferson, as well as Drake Maye during his time at North Carolina was still on the roster.

That debate seems to have been quickly settled based on Green’s performance in spring practice. In an article by Andy Hodges of www.si.com, Petrino apparently wanted Green back in his time as head coach and Missouri State. Petrino stated “They showed Taylen to me and showed [film] and we got all fired up. They’d had great talks with him.”

Petrino was realistic and knew that at Missouri State, being an FCS program they did not have a chance at landing the 6-foot-6 dual-threat quarterback. Now that he is at Arkansas, he finally got him. The rest of the SEC should keep their eyes open with this one as Green could be an instant game changer.