Hogs OK with three at the nose

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

FAYET­TEVILLE — One po­si­tion that will prob­a­bly be ro­tated as much as any other for the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville is nose guard, a heavy duty spot that will face plenty of dou­ble teams as the point man in a 3-4 front.

Coach Bret Bielema said Bi­jhon Jack­son, Austin Capps and Dy­lan Hays were all likely to earn play­ing time.

Jack­son and Capps have each taken snaps with the starters in spring and in camp.

“We’re go­ing to need both of those guys to get through the game, and the other guy that’s com­ing on and do­ing a good job is Dy­lan Hays,” de­fen­sive line coach John Scott Jr. said. “I said once I got here one of the things I wanted to be able to do is roll guys, so if I’ve got a ro­ta­tion of two or three guys there, I think the Hogs are go­ing to be bet­ter be­cause of it. We’ll stay fresher and be able to main­tain a lot longer.”

Bielema said as a former nose guard that he pays a lot of at­ten­tion to the spot.

“Bi­jhon, we knew was go­ing to be all right,” he said. “Cap­per had done some re­ally good things. But to throw Dy­lan Hays into that mix, he’s one of those guys I think you can say they’re a 25-rep guy on game day. But if you ask him to do 50 you’re go­ing to have di­min­ish­ing re­turns.

“Those three guys, Bi­jhon, Austin Capps and Dy­lan Hays, kind of com­ple­ment each other re­ally well and to me form a pretty good group of nose guards.

“What I’ve wit­nessed and seen in this league is when you’ve got two guys it’s a good thing, but if you’ve got three you’ve got some­thing special and I think those three form that task pretty good.”

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