FRESH­MAN PAUL not on 105-man ros­ter.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - By Tom Mur­phy and Bob Holt

FAYET­TEVILLE — Fresh­man line­backer Josh Paul is not on the 105-man ros­ter for the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs af­ter go­ing through the sec­ond sum­mer ses­sion on cam­pus, Coach Bret Bielema said Thurs­day.

Bielema said he re­moved Paul in the last 24 hours be­fore Thurs­day’s start of train­ing camp for the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville and put sopho­more line­backer Ter­rell Collins in his place.

“He’s fully qual­i­fied … can join us at some point,” Bielema said. “We just need him to fo­cus on aca­demics and just do­ing things a lit­tle bit bet­ter.

“Again, no is­sues, noth­ing … other than the ex­pec­ta­tions in our pro­gram to do them a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

Paul is a 6-2, 195-pounder from Ken­ner, La. Collins, a trans­fer from Iowa West­ern Com­mu­nity Col­lege, is 6-0, 240 pounds and hails from St. Louis.

In an­other per­son­nel move, red­shirt fresh­man Dy­lan Hays from Lit­tle Rock Chris­tian has moved from the of­fen­sive line to de­fen­sive tackle. Hays, a 6-3, 298-pounder, took thirdteam reps at nose tackle be­hind Bi­jhon Jack­son and Austin Capps.

Bielema said the move al­lowed red­shirt fresh­man Jonathan Mar­shall to take more reps at end, rather than tackle.

“I’ve just been very, very im­pressed with him since he got here,” Bielema said of Hays. “Just the tenac­ity he plays with, the ef­fort, the en­ergy.

“We’re a lit­tle bit thin on the D-line, es­pe­cially as we get closer to the cen­ter. It does two things. First, it gives us an op­por­tu­nity to get Dy­lan on the field or the op­por­tu­nity for him to show us that. And [it] also al­lows us to rep Jonathan Mar­shall a lit­tle bit at de­fen­sive end.”

Rhoads ranked

First-year Arkansas

de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Rhoads was ranked No. 17 by Athlon Sports in its top 30 FBS co­or­di­na­tor hires in the off­sea­son.

Sev­eral coaches with ties to Arkansas and the SEC made the list. Among them, for­mer Arkansas lineback­ers coach Randy Shan­non’s pro­mo­tion to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Florida was ranked No. 18, and for­mer Arkansas of­fen­sive line coach Mike Sum­mers’ hir­ing by Bobby Petrino as co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Louisville was ranked No. 27.

For­mer Arkansas de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Robb Smith’s hir­ing at Min­nesota did not make the top 30.

Athlon’s top five were, in or­der, Ryan Day and Kevin Wil­son co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors at Ohio State; Todd Or­lando de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Texas; Jim Leav­itt de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Ore­gon; Mike Elko de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Notre Dame; and Beau Bald­win of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Cal.

Ex­tra pro­tec­tion

Arkansas’ of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive line­men are wear­ing ex­tra pad­ding — a webbed red cush­ion — on the out­side of their hel­mets.

Bret Bielema said the pad­ding should help pro­tect play­ers who have fre­quent col­li­sions in prac­tice.

“If they don’t want to wear them they can opt out of them, but we would rather have them on them,” Bielema said. “I watched Clem­son prac­tice in the spring last year and their en­tire O-line and D-line had those on. It’s some­thing that has con­tin­ued to grow in the world of col­lege foot­ball and I think it’s some­thing that is re­ally pos­i­tive.”

Brown up­date

Bret Bielema said fresh­man safety Mon­taric Brown is close to com­pet­ing the nec­es­sary work to be­come aca­dem­i­cally el­i­gi­ble.

“I lit­er­ally have a daily di­a­logue with him,” Bielema said. “He’s tak­ing a class that I be­lieve fin­ishes up next Fri­day. All of the qual­i­fy­ing test scores and ev­ery­thing are in, so it’s lit­er­ally wait­ing for this class to get done. It’ll be about how fast it turns around.”

Bielema said the ear­li­est Brown prob­a­bly will be able to prac­tice is mid-Au­gust.

Mer­rick at guard

Jalen Mer­rick worked at sec­ond-team right guard af­ter clos­ing spring prac­tice at sec­ond-team right tackle.

“That prob­a­bly stems more out of just try­ing to get our bet­ter play­ers on the field,” Bret Bielema said. “He likes the right side a lot bet­ter than the left, and he likes guard a lit­tle bit more.

“The thing about Jalen, he’s in the third year of our pro­gram, but he re­ally only had I be­lieve two years of high school foot­ball over­all, so he’s still a young player.

“I get ex­cited about him. He does a lot of re­ally good things. We’ve just got to get him to buy in full scale.”

First up

The first-team de­fense for the early pe­ri­ods of Thurs­day’s work­out fea­tured four se­niors: nose tackle Bi­jhon Jack­son, “Hog” line­backer Karl Roesler, safety De’An­dre Co­ley and cor­ner­back Henre To­liver. The unit fea­tured 4 ju­niors in lineback­ers Dre Green­law and Randy Ramsey, cor­ner­back Ryan Pul­ley and safety San­tos Ramirez, and 3 sopho­mores in de­fen­sive ends McTelvin Agim and T.J. Smith and line­backer De’Jon Har­ris.

Jer­sey data

The jer­sey num­bers — in or­der — of some of the new­com­ers who did not par­tic­i­pate in spring drills: 1 Chevin Cal­loway, 2 Kam­ren Curl, 2 Chase Hay­den, 3 Koilan Jack­son, 6 Gabe Richard­son, 9 De’Vion War­ren, 14 Maleek Barkley, 18 Jeremy Pat­ton, 24 Jar­ques McClel­lion, 27 Hay­den Henry, 32 Jor­don Cur­tis, 33 David Wil­iams, 44 Josh Paul, 71 David Porter, 81 Jar­rod Barnes, 82 Gary Cross, 83 De’Shawn Gulledge. Bluechip safety signee Mon­taric Brown from Ash­down has been as­signed jer­sey No. 21.

Hogs No. 29

In Athlon Sports’ pre­sea­son rank­ings of all 130 FBS teams, Arkansas was at No. 29, which was sev­enth among SEC teams.

The rank­ings of Arkansas’ 2017 op­po­nents: No. 1 Alabama, No. 9 Auburn, No. 11 LSU, No. 30 Mis­sis­sippi State, No. 32 TCU, No. 37 Texas A&M, No. 40 South Carolina, No. 46 Ole Miss, No. 55 Mis­souri, No. 124 Coastal Carolina, and No. 125 New Mex­ico State. Florida A&M, the Ra­zor­backs’ sea­son-open­ing op­po­nent, plays in the FCS.

Athlon Sports also ranked Bret Bielema as the No. 5 coach in the SEC, be­hind Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban, Mis­sis­sippi State’s Dan Mullen, Florida’s Jim McEl­wain and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.

Hogs’ odds

Ve­gasIn­sider.com lists the odds for Arkansas to win the SEC at 50 to 1. The Hogs stand alone in eighth po­si­tion at that spot, be­hind Alabama (4 to 7), LSU (25 to 4), Auburn (6 to 1), Ge­or­gia (8 to 1), Florida (9 to 1), Ten­nessee (18 to 1) and Texas A&M (40 to 1). Arkansas is a bet­ter bet, ac­cord­ing to the web­site, than South Carolina (66 to 1), Ken­tucky and Mis­sis­sippi State (80 to 1), Mis­souri and Ole Miss (100 to 1) and Van­der­bilt (150 to 1).

The Ra­zor­backs were not listed among 35 teams with odds to win the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off cham­pi­onship. The group of 35 teams was led by the top five of Alabama (3 to 1), Ohio State and USC (15 to 2), Florida State (8 to 1) and Ok­la­homa (10 to 1).

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