HOGS: key players getting healthy; notes
FAYETTEVILLE - First-team weakside linebacker Dre Greenlaw and defensive end Randy Ramsey will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for Arkansas' game Saturday night against Colorado State, Arkansas head coach Chad Morris said, but neither practiced Wednesday.
Colorado State (0-2 after 43-34 and 45-13 losses to Hawaii and Colorado) and Arkansas kick off at 6:30 p.m. CDT Saturday on the CBS Sports Network.
Greenlaw sprained an ankle while making 10 tackles during the first quarter of Arkansas' 55-20 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois. Ramsey missed much of the August preseason with hamstring issues that withheld him from playing last Saturday.
Morris continues to call seniors Greenlaw and Ramsey "day to day." Meanwhile junior Gabe Richardson, starting for Ramsey at end last week, and true freshman Bumper Pool (six tackles, a pass breakup and a 60-yard return of a fumble) are groomed to start.
CHANGES ON THE LEFT
It appears redshirt freshman offensive linemen Kirby Adcock and Shane Clenin won't repeat in Fort Collins as the starting left guard and left tackle. Sophomore letterman Ty Clary of Fayetteville and junior convert from the defensive line Austin Capps of Star City worked as the left guards.
Redshirt freshman Dalton Wagner, apparently recovered from an August appendectomy, and true freshman Noah Gatlin practiced ahead of Clenin on Wednesday. Clenin injured an ankle during Saturday's game but dressed out for Wednesday's practice.
"Right now Ty Clary will get substantial reps at left guard and so is Austin Capps," Morris said before Wednesday's workout. "Noah Gatlin is gonna get a lot of reps at left tackle."
Clary had to work some center Wednesday because senior starter Hjalte Froholdt came during practice from class. Reserve sophomore center-guard Dylan Hays is practicing again after missing the first game with an ailing back.
CHEERS FOR COLTON
Two-year starting left tackle Colton Jackson of Conway practiced in a limited practice green jersey Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in July.
"It was quite the cheering going on from the offensive line when you saw him down in a stance and hitting a sled," Morris said of Jackson's Tuesday limited return. "We anticipate getting him back pretty soon. Hopefully next week. Obviously he's just a great leader for this team."
K. RICH ON RUN
Sixth-year senior nickel back and Jacksonville High grad Kevin Richardson, granted a sixth season by the NCAA because of previous injuries, is out of a walking boot from breaking his foot in August moving furniture.
"He got that removed and did a little bit of running," Morris said. "Again, kinda like Colton, we hope we can progress him onto the field in the next couple of weeks."
Junior Ty Storey of Charleston moved ahead at quarterback Saturday while directing a 28-point second quarter that included three touchdown passes, but the junior from Charleston opened practice Wednesday quarterbacking the second unit.
Cole Kelley threw a fourth-quarter TD pass Saturday to redeems for a sluggish first quarter. Kelley opened Wednesday getting first-unit time. Media saw nickel back D'Vone McClure pick off a Kelley pass, and Storey complete a long pass to receiver Tyson Morris before practice was closed.
Pouncing on an EIU fumble in the end zone for a TD caused by fellow backup defensive tackle Armon Watts, means Briston Guidry has tallied two TDs in his last three games.
Late in 2017, Guidry recovered a fumble caused by defensive line teammate McTelvin "Sosa" Agim in the Mississippi State end zone.
So has 6-2, 292 D-lineman Guidry boasted of his offensive prowess?
"I never heard the end of it," said Watts, a senior alternating at tackle with Agim. "He needs to be thanking me. He's the luckiest guy I know."
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Regardless of 2018 future opponents and locales, the Razorbacks ascend new heights Saturday. The Fort Collins altitude is 5,003 feet at CSU's Canvas Stadium.
Morris, his assistants and the training staff have stressed since Sunday that the Razorbacks constantly hydrate because of the nearly mile high thin air's effects.
Bumper Pool is among those avidly hydrating. However, Pool believes after cramping in the sauna-like conditions last week in Fayetteville that the projected temperatures in the 60s for Fort Collins Saturday night seem a comparative breeze.
"Temperatures in the 60s," Pool said. "I love that. I love that.”