"I got a little bit of chills down my spine when they announced it was going to be over 45,000," Long said. "I think it sent a strong message that our fans really did come out to support the young men in the program. That's what it's really about."
On the field, Davis caused a bit of a stir early when he stayed on the field for the scrimmage's first play. The running back, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, hasn't taken part in any contact since returning to practice.
Davis only served as a decoy receiver on the play, however, before returning to the sidelines.
His teammates, meanwhile, took their turns in the spotlight along with Wilson.
Cobi Hamilton led the Red with 11 catches for 156 yards, while Gragg finished with 9 for 130. Sophomore Marquel Wade added 6 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Ronnie Wingo led both teams with 88 yards rushing on 14 carries, finishing with 3 touchdowns.
All in all, turmoil or not, Wilson said the spring was a success for both himself and the rest of the Razorbacks — who have their sights set on both SEC and national championships next season. He also said the size of Saturday's crowd would provide motivation going forward.
"It's encouraging and makes me want to come to work every single day, knowing that we've got that kind of support," Wilson said. "And knowing that I'm not going to let this thing go down. We've got all the ability to be very successful here, and that kind of support shows it."