2 not ready when Hogs open camp
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
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.”
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.