FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will throw the ball to some new targets in 2012 after the departure of productive outgoing seniors Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will throw the ball to some new targets in 2012 after the departure of productive outgoing seniors Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.

But if Arkansas’ first spring scrimmage is any indication, he’ll have a few weapons next fall.

Wilson and the starting offense dominated the first spring scrimmage in Razorback Stadium on Friday night, scoring touchdowns on seven of 10 possessions against the starting defense. Wilson completed 19 of 28 passes for 320 yards with four touchdowns, hitting receivers Cobi Hamilton and Marquel Wade for two touchdowns apiece during the 145-play scrimmage.

“I thought it was a pretty good day,” Wilson said afterward. “Especially for the first group. There were a lot of plays made by some young guys and some older guys as well. We’ll continue to improve, obviously, but I think it was a good first day.”

The success started early, when Wilson led the offense to a big-play touchdown on its first drive.

Hamilton beat cornerback Davyon McKinney — who was filling in for injured starter Tevin Mitchell — deep and Wilson hit him in stride for a 55-yard score.

“As veterans you always want to take the role and get the scrimmage started off right,” said Hamilton, who is now the leader of the receiving corps. “That’s kind of what we did. We faded off for a bit, but it’s always good to start the scrimmage off — the first series — with a big play.”

The touchdowns didn’t stop there. The offense sputtered on a couple of possessions before Wilson and company got in rhythm and reached the end zone again and again against a defensive group in its first spring under new coordinator Paul Haynes.

Running back Dennis Johnson, who earned the bulk of the first-team carries with Knile Davis still not ready for contact work, scored the next two touchdowns on 15- and 11-yard runs. The senior led all rushers with 80 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’re just out here having fun and with Knile not going, that means we’re having more fun and getting in the game,” Johnson said.

The passing attack then turned in another big play when Wilson connected with Wade for a 58-yard touchdown. It was part of a big day for Wade, a sophomore, who led all receivers with seven catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

Wilson said Wade is proving to be an explosive receiver, who drew comparisons to Adams when he returned to campus last summer.

“He’s been leading us in catches,” coach Bobby Petrino said. “We do a catch chart every day. Now he gets more opportunities because he takes reps with the ones and the twos, but he’s doing a nice job.”

Petrino said the scrimmage was more proof Arkansas’ offense is ahead of the defense after five practices this spring. Wilson said it’s not a complete surprise, considering the Razorbacks do have key veterans back like Hamilton, Johnson and Davis. The defense is learning under Haynes as well.

“They kept the same terminology and he used his flavor with it,” Wilson said. “Now he’s implemented his terminology so the players are learning a lot more stuff. Because of that, I think we’re a little ahead of the curve offensively. We haven’t changed.”