Hogs get­ting back to full health with bye-week help

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Nate Allen Ra­zor­back Re­port

FAYET­TEVILLE — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs come off last week’s open date with their re­ceivers ros­ter re­stocked but a cou­ple of start­ing of­fen­sive not yet in­deli­bly inked to start Satur­day night’s SEC game at Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky.

The Ken­tucky Wild­cats, 2-3, 0-3 in the SEC East and also com­ing off an open date week, and the Ra­zor­backs, 2-3, 0-2 in the SEC West, col­lide at 6:30 p.m. Satur­day on SEC Net­work tele­vi­sion from Ken­tucky’s Kroger Field.

Arkansas se­nior left of­fen­sive tackle Colton Jack­son of Con­way and ju­nior cen­ter Ty Clary of Fayet­teville both were in con­cus­sion pro­to­col dur­ing last week’s open-week drills and still not cleared to prac­tice when Coach Chad Mor­ris’ Ra­zor­backs be­gan game­week prac­tices Sun­day.

The Ra­zor­backs used Mon­day as their NCAA man­dated one day a week off with hope that Jack­son and Clary would be good to go for Tues­day’s prac­tice.

“We an­tic­i­pate Ty be­ing back at prac­tice,” Mor­ris said at Mon­day’s press con­fer­ence. “Same way with Colton Jack­son. We’ll see both of those guys but we an­tic­i­pate those guys be­ing back.”

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

use. “He plays the game, he plays the game in front of him prob­a­bly about as good as any­body in the game.”

Car­los Martínez gave St. Louis a lift af­ter Acuña led off the ninth with a dou­ble, re­tir­ing three in a row. The closer took the loss Sun­day when he gave up three runs in the ninth.

Game 1 starter Miles Miko­las worked the 10th for the win.

Dansby Swan­son had two hits and scored twice for At­lanta, which has dropped its last nine post­sea­son rounds — just one off the ma­jor league record held by the Chicago Cubs. It is try­ing to ad­vance to the fran­chise’s first NL Cham­pi­onship

Se­ries since 2001.

“We bat­tled and we gave our­selves a chance,” Swan­son said. “We just weren’t able to get it done to­day.”

St. Louis got off to a fast start, de­light­ing the crowd of 42,203 on a pic­turesque Oc­to­ber af­ter­noon. Gold­schmidt drove a 3-1 changeup from Dal­las Keuchel deep to left with two out in the first, and Ozuna fol­lowed with a laser into the se­cond deck in left for a 2-0 lead.

It was the first set of con­sec­u­tive play­off homers for the Car­di­nals since Wong and Ran­dal Grichuk ac­com­plished the feat in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS against the Chicago Cubs.

The Braves got one back on Al­bies’ sac­ri­fice fly in the third, but Ozuna led off the fourth with an­other drive to left for the first mul­ti­homer play­off game for a Car­di­nals player since Car­los Bel­tran in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS against Wash­ing­ton.

Ozuna is bat­ting .471 (8 for 17) with four RBIS in his first ca­reer post­sea­son se­ries.

Pitch­ing on three days of rest, Keuchel al­lowed three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 in­nings in his 11th ca­reer post­sea­son start. Joe Crad­dock was equally op­ti­mistic Mon­day given the two have been re­cov­er­ing since re­ported in­jured af­ter the 31-27 loss to Texas A&M on Sept. 28 at the Dal­las Cow­boys’ AT&T Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

“I fully ex­pect Ty and Colton to be back and be ready to go,” Crad­dock said. “We’ll know more af­ter prac­tice (to­day) but I would be shocked if they didn’t play.”

Fresh­man Trey Knox, 21 catches for 299 yards and two touch­downs in four games be­fore miss­ing the Texas A&M game with an in­jured hip, ju­nior re­ceiver Jor­dan Jones of Smack­over, con­sid­ered the fastest Ra­zor­backs but side­lined the first five games by a se­vere an­kle sprain re­quir­ing Au­gust surgery dur­ing pre­sea­son drills, and pre­sum­ably ju­nior re­ceiver/kick re­turner De’vion War­ren, con­cus­sion af­ter the Sept. 21 loss to San Jose State, all fig­ure in this week’s game plan.

“We should be full ca­pac­ity in our wide re­ceiver room for the first time in quite some time, which is good to see,” Mor­ris said Mon­day.

The num­bers will help, Crad­dock said, given the work­load that sopho­more Mike Woods, 17 catches for 239 yards and a touch­down, and fresh­man Trey­lon Burks, 13 catches for 220 yards and miss­ing the San Jose State game in­jured, have borne.

“We had guys (against Texas A&M) play 71 plays at re­ceiver,” Crad­dock said. “That’s way too many.”

Mor­ris and Crad­dock both cited ju­nior Tyson Mor­ris, the West He­lena na­tive and Fayet­teville High grad, for com­ing through with nine catches for 118 yards and a touch­down eas­ing the num­bers crunch from all the downed re­ceivers start­ing with los­ing se­nior Deon Ste­wart for the sea­son, in­jured early dur­ing the Au­gust pre­sea­son.

“No. 1, Tyson’s a tremen­dous worker,” Mor­ris, who re­warded walk-on Mor­ris with a schol­ar­ship at the sea­son’s out­set, said. “He’s a great leader. As you look at how he has helped this foot­ball team, with us los­ing Deon in fall camp, some­one

had to step in that role. And then Jor­dan went out. So Tyson’s role just kept el­e­vat­ing. He played 50-some­thing snaps the last game.”

Crad­dock said Mor­ris has played all three wide­out po­si­tions.

“That just shows you how he’s pre­pared,” Crad­dock said. “I can’t say enough good things about what he did.”

On adding Jones to the re­ceiver mix, Mor­ris said, “We hope he’ll pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to stretch the field ver­ti­cally for us. He’s ob­vi­ously one of the fastest play­ers on our team. So to get him back full speed would be a huge ad­di­tion for us.”

Arkansas’ best de­fen­sive line­man, se­nior D-tackle Mctelvin “Sosa” Agim via Hope, used the open date week to re­fresh from five games bat­tling aches and pains and dou­ble-teams be­fore prac­tic­ing Sun­day.

“I an­tic­i­pate him be­ing full-go,” Mor­ris said. “I think where he is and how well he’s play­ing right now, it would take some­thing re­ally sub­stan­tial to keep him out of a game. I think he’s hav­ing a re­ally good year, with an op­por­tu­nity to have a great year.”

Wel­com­ing back in­jured fresh­man de­fen­sive end

Zach Wil­liams as healthy again, de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor John Chavis an­tic­i­pates a de­fen­sive ros­ter full-go other than ones like de­fen­sive end Do­rian Ger­ald, out for the sea­son since in­jured dur­ing the Aug. 31 sea­son-open­ing vic­tory over Port­land State.


The SEC an­nounced Mon­day that the Oct. 19 Arkansas vs. Auburn Tigers SEC West game that Arkansas hosts at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium will kick off at 11 a.m. and be tele­vised by the SEC Net­work.

CRAVEN WHIT­LOW/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

Ra­zor­back ju­nior wide re­ceiver Tyson Mor­ris, 19, dives across the goal line for a touch­down against San Jose State at Don­ald W. Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium in Fayet­teville.

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