FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas practice was moved indoors because of inclement weather Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.
In the trenches
Defensive lineman Tevin Beanum has made his way back to the practice field, but won’t be able to put on full pads until next week. Beanum adds depth to an already deep defensive line. Defensive line coach Rory Segrist initially will put Beanum at rush end, which features freshman McTelvin Agim and junior Karl Roesler.
Right guard was in flux again with Jalen Merrick and Colton Jackson rotating on a first-team line that featued Dan Skipper, Hjalte Froholdt, Frank Ragnow and Jake Raulerson. The coaching staff has made it a point of emphasis to find the starting five before next Tuesday’s practice, which will begin the team’s preparations for the September 3 opener against Louisiana Tech.
Changes on defense
News broke right before practice that junior college defensive back Britto Tutt was injured. Secondary coach Paul Rhoads confirmed that Tutt had torn his ACL during Wednesday night’s practice, saying, “He’ll be gone all year.”
That leaves Arkansas with six cornerbacks after losing D.J. Dean to a hamstring injury earlier this week. There’s still a possibility of getting Dean back in about three weeks instead of redshirting him, as Bielema previously suggested.
Linebacker Khalia Hackett has passed Josh Williams for the starting position at the SAM linebacker spot. After enduring several ups-and-downs the past few seasons, Hackett showed Saturday during the team’s scrimmage he was ready to step forward as a potential starter.
“He had a pretty good scrimmage last week and did a nice job out there,” linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves said. “I’m splitting those guys a little bit, with a lean a little bit more towards Khalia right now.”
Ready for the pros?
NFL scouts were on hand from the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The scouts from the Seahawks and Saints primarily were focused on the defensive end of the field during practice; the Bucs' scout had his eyes fixed on Skipper and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.
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