Hogs OK with three at the nose
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.”