2 not ready when Hogs open camp

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/RECRUITING -

ROGERS — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs will open pre­sea­son camp Thurs­day with­out schol­ar­ship play­ers Mon­taric Brown and Alexy JeanBap­tiste, Coach Bret Bielema said Mon­day at the NWA Ra­zor­back Club golf out­ing at Shadow Val­ley

Coun­try Club.

Brown, a blue-chip signee from Ash­down, is still in the process of gain­ing his el­i­gi­bil­ity through the NCAA and is not ex­pected to join the ros­ter for at least the first two weeks of camp.

Jean-Bap­tiste, a red­shirt fresh­man line­backer, is still re­cov­er­ing from surgery in April to re­pair a bro­ken foot.

Bielema in­di­cated the ear­li­est Brown will be avail­able to prac­tice is af­ter sum­mer school ends Aug. 4.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some­times there is a lit­tle bit of lag in the NCAA side as well, as you’re deal­ing with a lot of pa­per­work and course­work,” Bielema said of Brown’s sit­u­a­tion. “Get­ting ev­ery­thing in in a short amount of time, some­times it just doesn’t hap­pen as fast as we want.

“It’s not like a do-or-die sit­u­a­tion for him to get here. I think we’ll find out — just like we do with all fresh­men — what they can han­dle men­tally and phys­i­cally, and if the an­swer is yes, then we’ll go ahead. If not, we’ll have a chance to red­shirt him.”

Bielema said JeanBap­tiste would not be ready phys­i­cally to make the 105man ros­ter the Ra­zor­backs will carry through camp. The 6-2, 231-pounder from Pom­pano Beach, Fla., was in­volved in a small amount of spring drills be­fore suf­fer­ing his foot in­jury.

“I en­joyed work­ing with Alexy when I had him in the room,” out­side lineback­ers coach Chad Walker said. “He’s re­ally ap­proached his rehab re­ally well.”

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette file photo

Red­shirt fresh­man line­backer Alexy Jean-Bap­tiste (left) is still re­cov­er­ing from surgery in April to re­pair a bro­ken foot and will not par­tic­i­pate in Arkansas’ first prac­tice Thurs­day, Coach Bret Bielema said Mon­day to re­porters in Rogers.


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