In­juries plagu­ing Hogs

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Nate Allen Ra­zor­back Re­port

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.”

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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.”

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