Injuries plaguing Hogs
FAYETTEVILLE — On the Monday after the Arkansas Razorbacks lost fifth-year senior receiver/ punt returner Deon Stewart of Hardy for the season and junior receiver Jordan Jones likely sidelined for several weeks from injuries during last Saturday’s scrimmage, they did return their firstteam left offensive tackle and first-team nickel back off the injured list.
Colton Jackson, the fifthyear senior three-year letterman left offensive tackle from Conway apparently has healed enough from his injured foot to practice. So did previously injured freshman nickel back Greg Brooks during the 20 practice minutes media was allowed to view.
Jackson’s return to left tackle freed junior-college transfer Myron Cunningham to move from left tackle, his post during Jackson’s absence last week, to first-team right guard. Cunningham also played some left tackle Monday, Coach Chad Morris said of not overworking Jackson his first day back.
Sophomore Kirby Adcock has worked at first-team left guard in the absence of senior first-teamer Austin Capps. Capps and senior tight end Cheyenne O’grady both underwent reportedly relatively minor arthroscopic knee surgery last week but are expected to practice game week for the Aug. 31 season-opener against Portland State.
Morris made an unscheduled Monday post practice session with media to address the injuries he didn’t address after Saturday’s scrimmage. He addressed not mentioning Stewart’s injury after Saturday’s scrimmage.
“It’s something that when he went down Saturday we didn’t think much of it,” Morris said. “We thought it was just something minor. And then we went that afternoon with an MRI. It’s unfortunate for him. He’s a great young man. A great leader. He will be missed. But he’ll be back better than ever.”
He’ll be back stronger and we’ll obviously go (appealing to the NCAA) after his sixth year of eligibility. That’s something that we will go ahead and apply for.”
Jones required what Morris called “minor surgery” for a “high ankle sprain.”
“Jordan Jones will be out for two, two and half, three at the most four weeks at the longest with a high ankle sprain, much like
Eric Gregory (the freshman defensive end injured the first full week of camp). Eric should be back within the next week. Trey Knox (the highly touted freshman receiver) was sick today. He should be back in tomorrow.”
Sophomore cornerback Montaric “Buster” Brown of Ashdown, Burks and true freshman safety Jalen Catalon all auditioned returning punts, the job that Deon Stewart performed last season.
The Razorbacks first late afternoon practice, the previous preseason workouts were in the morning other than one at night, was conducted with the heat index sizzling at 106.
Conditions conceivably could be similar for the Portland State game kicking off at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Razorback Stadium and will be televised by the SEC Network.
With Stewart and Jones out, Morris must count heavily on freshman receivers plus sophomore Mike Woods and junior De’vion Warren.
According to one who scrimmaged against them, sophomore first-team free safety Joe Foucha, the rookies are ready.
“Every day they show me something different,” Foucha said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “The physicality is there. They have long arms. Between Treylon Burks (6-3, 222) and Trey Knox (6-5, 225), the size is there. To me, those guys are going to explode because they came in ready. They didn’t have to come in and get physical or have to learn
TRAINER’S ROOM Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right lat) is throwing bullpen sessions but there is no timetable yet for when he will face hitters . ... RHP Brandon Woodruff (left oblique) is playing catch. “He’s exactly where he should be,” manager Craig Counsell said.
Cardinals: OF Tyler O’neill (left wrist strain) is ready for a rehab assignment at Triple-a Memphis within the next couple of days. He took batting practice Monday. “I have full confidence in my ability. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon,” O’neill said. “This is unfortunate. It was a freak accident on a swing. Good thing is
I’m feeling good. I’m healthy now. What matters now is getting at-bats. I’m ready for competition.”
Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.81 ERA) is 3-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 10 career starts against St. Louis. But he is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (6-6, 5.44) is one of three pitchers to have a perfect career winning percentage against Milwaukee with 10 or more starts. He is 6-0 and has held the Brewers to two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts against them. the playbook. It’s all there.”
For his part, Foucha has impressed Morris and defensive backfield coaches Ron Cooper and Mark Smith.
“He’s really had the best spring and the best fall camp that I’ve seen,” Morris said.
Foucha added to that perception intercepting a pass last Saturday.
A true freshman last year via New Orleans, Foucha said a full year under strength and conditioning coach Trumain Carroll has improved his speed. But it’s the year of experience that really has him playing faster.
“Year Two, things have pretty much slowed down for me,” Foucha said. “As far as my first year, it was more speed-wise. I was always physical, like when they put me in the Razorback Drill or the Champion Drill, I was always physical. But now just knowing what the quarterback is thinking, just hiding that I’m going to the post, or just showing I have grown into the player I want to be. I still have more room to grow. But this camp is going well for me because the speed has changed.”