Cor­nelius out with bad back

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Arkansas wide re­ceiver Jared Cor­nelius

FAYET­TEVILLE — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs will hold wide re­ceiver Jared Cor­nelius out of prac­tice for an ex­tended pe­riod of time af­ter the se­nior’s back tight­ened up fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s first work­out of camp, a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said Fri­day.

Cor­nelius had not been cleared for full par­tic­i­pa­tion to start train­ing camp, Coach Bret Bielema said Thurs­day, adding that the re­ceiver was lim­ited in team drills, as was line­backer Dre Green­law.

Cor­nelius dealt with tight­ness in his back for parts of last sea­son. He sat out the Ra­zor­backs’ 42-3 vic­tory over Texas State on Sept. 17. Cor­nelius re­turned the fol­low­ing week and caught 7 passes for 126 yards, in­clud­ing a 5-yard touch­down, in the Ra­zor­backs’ 45-24 loss to Texas A&M.

The se­nior from Shreve­port is the only re­turn­ing wide re­ceiver on the Arkansas ros­ter with more than 2 re­cep­tions from a year ago, when he had 32 catches for 515 yards and 4 touch­downs.

Cor­nelius in­jured a knee in Arkansas’ sea­son-end­ing loss at Mis­souri and did not play in the Belk Bowl.

His ab­sence will al­low a group of in­ex­pe­ri­enced re­ceivers a chance to work with the first of­fense and quar­ter­back Austin Allen.

Sopho­more Deon Ste­wart, who was on the first unit with Cor­nelius to open camp, was joined by oth­ers dur­ing the open part of Fri­day’s prac­tice. Among them were ju­nior col­lege trans­fer Jonathan Nance, sopho­mores La’Michael Pettway and T.J. Ham­monds and fresh­man Jor­dan Jones.


The Ra­zor­backs will put on light pads, what Coach Bret Bielema calls “half pack,” to­day, but they got feisty in hel­mets and shorts Fri­day.

“Es­pe­cially when we put the pads on guys are go­ing to be ready to be phys­i­cal,” se­nior de­fen­sive back Kevin Richard­son said. “It showed up to­day. We got in some skir­mishes. I feel like guys are ready to get in pads and get af­ter it.”

Richard­son said play­ers in­volved in the skir­mishes were de­fen­sive end McTelvin Agim, of­fen­sive tackle Colton Jack­son, and “them,” mean­ing big line­men.

“Those guys are big­ger than me,” Richard­son said. “I do what I can to mo­ti­vate them to stop. I can’t phys­i­cally do any­thing. … It might re­quire some dif­fer­ent lan­guage but I do what I can to make them stop.”

Line names

The No. 1 of­fen­sive line dur­ing the open por­tions of prac­tice has the same five play­ers who closed spring

prac­tice as starters: cen­ter Frank Rag­now, left guard Hjalte Fro­holdt, left tackle Colton Jack­son, right guard Johnny Gib­son and right tackle Brian Wal­lace.

The sec­ond-team line Thurs­day had Zach Rogers at cen­ter, Deion Malone at left guard, Jake Rauler­son at left tackle, Jalen Mer­rick at right guard and Paul Ramirez at right tackle.

The third-team line had Jack­son Han­nah at cen­ter, Jake Hein­rich at left guard, Shane Clenin at left tackle, Kirby Ad­cock at right guard and Dal­ton Wag­ner at right tackle.

Mes­sage sent

Bret Bielema, who asked about play­ers who had done a one-step jump of 60 inches dur­ing sum­mer test­ing, turned it into a con­ver­sa­tion about the group’s young re­ceivers, start­ing with for­mer Cabot quar­ter­back Jar­rod Barnes.

“Jar­rod is very smooth and very con­sci­en­tious,” Bielema said. “De’Vion War­ren is prob­a­bly — I know some of those up­per­class­men prob­a­bly don’t want to ad­mit it, but he’s one of the top five fastest play­ers on our team prob­a­bly [and is] very gifted.

“I think Koilan Jack­son is a very tal­ented player that has size and ma­tu­rity and his abil­ity to get go­ing a lit­tle bit in the right di­rec­tion.”

Bielema then sent a mes­sage to the older re­ceivers.

“I tell you what, I mean some of these older re­ceivers that haven’t got on the field yet, they had bet­ter wake up and smell the cof­fee,” he said. “Be­cause if they don’t per­form right, those younger guys will go right by them. It doesn’t take me long to fig­ure out you’ve been here three years and you can’t get it right and you’ve got a guy who has been here three months and get it right we’ll make a move in a hurry.”

Coach out

Coastal Carolina Coach Joe Moglia will miss the 2017 sea­son to deal with a health is­sue, Ya­hoo Sports re­ported Fri­day. The Ra­zor­backs face Coastal Carolina, which went 10-2 last sea­son, for home­com­ing on Nov. 4.

Moglia, 68, has a bronchial asth­matic re­ac­tion to al­ler­gies and the sit­u­a­tion must be ad­dressed for his long-term health, Ya­hoo Sports re­ported. Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jamey Chad­well will serve as in­terim coach in Moglia’s ab­sence, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Moglia, the for­mer CEO of TD Amer­i­trade, has a 51-15 record at Coastal Carolina, which joins the Sun Belt this sea­son but is not el­i­gi­ble for a bowl game un­til 2018.

Be­cause of Moglia’s ab­sense, the Ra­zor­backs will play teams with in­terim coaches in back-to-back games. Arkansas plays at Ole Miss, where in­terim coach Matt Luke has taken over for Hugh Freeze, on Oct. 28.

In­jury up­date

Line­backer Dre Green­law, who is re­turn­ing from off­sea­son surgery, will not carry a heavy prac­tice bur­den dur­ing camp, Bret Bielema sug­gested.

Green­law had two sep­a­rate foot surg­eries, fol­low­ing the 49-30 loss to Alabama on Oct. 8, and af­ter a re-in­jury of his right foot in the Belk Bowl. Green­law was get­ting his up­per thigh rolled by a trainer dur­ing the early part of Fri­day’s work­out.

Ad­di­tion­ally, “Hog” line­backer Karl Roesler felt a twinge in his ham­string late in the sum­mer and Bielema said, “we didn’t want to get him there full throt­tle.”

Tyler Phillips and Gabe Richard­son are among the back­ups to Roesler at the Hog spot.

Reps split

There is a method to the shar­ing of run­ning back reps early in camp, Bret Bielema said.

The coaches paired se­nior trans­fer David Wil­liams with sopho­more starter Devwah Wha­ley with the first-team of­fense, while fresh­men Maleek Wil­liams and Chase Hay­den split sec­ond-team work.

“We kind of di­vided the script ones and twos,” Bielema said. “Be­cause [with] the run­ning back, we ask him to fin­ish 25 yards each play, we thought it would be good to stay with David and Devwah with the ones. A guy that knows ex­actly what he’s do­ing and we could con­trol the reps with David.

“Maleek knew our en­tire of­fense from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the spring. We wanted to space him in there and Devwah. It’s not that David is a one nec­es­sar­ily.”

Rat­tler tale

Flor­ida A&M, coached by for­mer Arkansas pass­ing game co­or­di­na­tor Alex Wood, will al­ready have a game un­der its belt when the Rat­tlers visit Lit­tle Rock for the Ra­zor­backs’ sea­son opener Aug. 31.

It will be a short week for the Rat­tlers, who were 4-7 last sea­son, in­clud­ing a 4-4 mark in the Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Flor­ida A&M opens the sea­son at home on Aug. 26 against Texas South­ern in Tal­la­has­see, Fla.

Wood had a 1-10 record in his first year at Flor­ida A&M in 2015 and made a three­game im­prove­ment last year.

Arkansas is FAMU’s only Power 5 op­po­nent this sea­son. Last year, the Rat­tlers lost 70-3 at Mi­ami in their sea­son opener, and fell 49-10 at Coastal Carolina, which moved from the Big South to the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence, where it will be a full mem­ber in 2018.

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