IN­JURIES test depth of Hogs’ lineback­ers.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

FAYET­TEVILLE — In­juries at out­side line­backer for the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs have ac­cel­er­ated the progress of younger play­ers such as Gabe Richard­son, Hay­den Henry, Der­rick Mun­son and Tyler Phillips.

Se­nior Karl Roesler, the would-be starter at the out­side “Hog” po­si­tion, has been slowed by a ham­string in­jury through the first five prac­tices, and his sta­tus for Satur­day’s scrim­mage is ques­tion­able. Ja­mario Bell, a red­shirt sopho­more who had earned reps with the sec­ond team, suf­fered a bro­ken bone in his foot Satur­day and is out for 10 to 12 weeks.

Ju­nior Randy Ramsey shifted from first-team “Ra­zor” out­side line­backer to Hog, and se­nior Dwayne Eu­gene has worked with the starters at Ra­zor.

“It looked great,” out­side lineback­ers coach Chad Walker said of the Eu­gene-Ramsey combo. “Those guys are bat­tling. It’s very sim­i­lar po­si­tions, so guys can just fill in.

“Like we’ve talked about be­fore, you can just flip at any given sec­ond. So they ba­si­cally know both po­si­tions, and they’re just ready to roll. You just plug in where needed, next man up.”

Dre Green­law’s lim­ited avail­abil­ity as he re­turns from foot surgery also has opened op­por­tu­ni­ties at weak-side line­backer, where Grant Mor­gan and Dee Walker have taken first­team reps along­side mid­dle line­backer De’Jon Har­ris.

“We want to make sure be­fore we put him back out there that he feels 100 per­cent,” in­side lineback­ers coach Ver­non Har­g­reaves said of Green­law. “Right now it’s been Grant go­ing with the first bunch a lit­tle bit. I’m work­ing Dee in there, and Kyrei Fisher is work­ing weak-side as well. Right now, it’s kind of by com­mit­tee.”

Ju­nior Josh Har­ris and red­shirt fresh­man Gio­vanni LaFrance are work­ing be­hind Har­ris.

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