Malzahn ex­pects to see both Hog QBS

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

FAYET­TEVILLE - Since the three games he’s used two quar­ter­backs, the bet­ter per­for­mance has come off the bench. Arkansas Ra­zor­backs Coach Chad Morris hasn’t ruled out pre-plan­ning for both Nick Starkel and Ben Hicks quar­ter­back­ing against the Auburn Tigers.

Arkansas, 2-4, 0-3 in the SEC, and Coach Gus Malzahn’s na­tion­ally No. 11 Tigers, 5-1, 2-1, meet in Satur­day’s 11 a.m. SEC West game at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium tele­vised by the

SEC Net­work.

Hicks started but was re­lieved in the se­cond half by the more ef­fec­tive Starkel start­ing the se­cond half back on Arkansas’ Sept. 7 loss, 31-17 to Ole Miss in Ox­ford, Mis­sis­sippi.

In Arkansas’ last two games, 31-27 and 24-20

SEC losses to Texas A&M on Sept. 28 at the Dal­las Cow­boys’ AT&T Sta­dium and 24-20 at Ken­tucky,

Hicks was more ef­fec­tive re­plac­ing an in­jured Starkel from late in the first half on against A&M and re­placed a strug­gling Starkel from the fi­nal 3:16 of the third quar­ter through the fin­ish in Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky.

Morris has al­ter­nated both on the first unit in prac­tices this week and did not des­ig­nate a starter dur­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s SEC Coaches/media tele­con­fer­ence.

“Yeah, ev­ery­thing is a pos­si­bil­ity at this point,” Morris said if he pos­si­bly could pre-plan on us­ing both quar­ter­backs against Auburn. “I know yes­ter­day was a re­ally com­pet­i­tive day on not just of­fense. It was de­fense. It was one of our bet­ter days that we’ve had. So it was great to see the en­ergy level with our play­ers and then just stay­ing through the process. I think our quar­ter­back (sit­u­a­tion) that we’ve got go­ing on right now in prac­tice has been very healthy. And yes, I would be open to the guy that - if who­ever we play and start - if it doesn’t go as planned to be able to bring the other guy off the bench. I think they both have proven that they’re in a com­fort level to do that.”

On his Wed­nes­day morn­ing SEC tele­con­fer­ence, Malzahn pre­sumed Auburn see­ing both Arkansas quar­ter­backs.

“I think they’ve got two guys that can get the job done,” Malzahn said. “They’ve got the lux­ury of if a guy isn’t do­ing great they can bring the other guy in. The back­ups re­ally went in and re­ally gave them a spark. Our ap­proach is we’re re­ally ex­pect­ing to see both of them and that’s hap­pened a few times this year.

Colton Jack­son, the se­nior start­ing left of­fen­sive tackle from Con­way prac­tic­ing Tues­day for the first time since his con­cus­sion from the Texas A&M game, came through it fine, Morris said on the tele­con­fer­ence and will play Satur­day.

Although they were in green lim­ited-prac­tice jer­seys Tues­day, Morris went into Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice be­liev­ing that run­ning back Ra­keem Boyd, in­jured shoul­der dur­ing the Ken­tucky game, and safety Joe Foucha “banged up”, ‘Foucha said Tues­day, from the Ken­tucky game will play Satur­day.

“All three will play,” Morris said. “Colton was in a reg­u­lar jer­sey. The other two were in green but I an­tic­i­pate those two tran­si­tion­ing over to reg­u­lar color jer­seys this week. They’ll both be ready to go Satur­day.”

Since los­ing by 14 at

Ole Miss, Arkansas lost by seven, 31-24 to San Jose

State af­ter ral­ly­ing from down 24-7 to tie it 24-24, and lost by four to Texas A&M and by four to Ken­tucky.

All three woulda-coul­dashoul­das ran­kle Morris.

“Dis­ap­pointed that we keep putting our­selves in po­si­tion to win games and 20 yards away and just un­able to find a way to win games like that,” Morris said open­ing Wed­nes­day’s tele­con­fer­ence. “We’ve got to be able to do that. But we’re back in here on Sun­day and had a re­ally good work week and are ex­cited to get back in our home sta­dium, back in front of our home fans. We’ve got a lot of things go­ing on this week­end. A lot of re­cruits on cam­pus and we’re hon­or­ing Dar­ren Mcfad­den (the for­mer twotime Doak Walker Award and two-time Heis­man Tro­phy run­ner-up 20052007 Ra­zor­backs run­ning back) and his Hall of Fame in­duc­tion and ob­vi­ously hon­or­ing the 1969 and 1989 teams. So a lot of things go­ing on.”

Frank Broyles’ 9-2 1969 Ra­zor­backs played the “Shootout” 15-14 epic loss to Texas and Ken Hat­field’s 1989 and 1988 Ra­zor­backs were South­west Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons.

Satur­day’s game marks Arkansas’ first at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium since the Sept. 21 game against San Jose State.

“Just ex­cited to be back in our home sta­dium,” Morris said.

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