Hogs: offensive players call meeting; injury report; more notes
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas starting junior defensive end Tenarius Wright broke his arm during the first quarter of last Saturday's 38-14 SEC loss at Alabama and will miss games "the next four to six weeks," Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said Monday.
Wright underwent surgery Sunday, Petrino said.
Jake Bequette questionable for A&M
Senior starting defensive end Jake Bequette, out since pulling a hamstring during the first half of the Sept. 10 game against New Mexico, ran Sunday night, Petrino said but added Bequette's availability for Saturday's non-conference game with Texas A&M won't be determined until later in the week.
Arkansas, 3-1 and dropped from 14th to 18th in the AP poll after losing to third-ranked Alabama, and Texas A&M, 2-1, dropped from eighth to 14th after losing its Big 12 opener, 30-29 to Oklahoma State, meet at 11 a.m. on ESPN at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Freshman Trey Flowers subbed for Wright after Wright's broken arm against Alabama. Sophomore Chris Smith has started in Bequette's place.
Senior cornerback Isaac Madison, out of the of Alabama game after a first-half injury, should play against Texas A&M, Petrino said.
Starting free safety Tramain Thomas, thought to be injured when replaced by senior Elton Ford during the Alabama game, actually was OK physically, Petrino said.
"Tramain just came out," Petrino said Monday. "We just made a change at the position. He didn't get injured."
ARKANSAS VS. AUBURN SET
Arkansas and Auburn will kick their Oct. 8 SEC game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 6 p.m. on a ESPN network outlet, either ESPN, ESPN 2 or ESPNU.
A GRIM MIRROR IMAGE
After Arkansas' struggled at Alabama, senior receiver and captain Jarius Wright said the team needed "to look in the mirror" to reflect on what needs to be done.
Apparently, junior quarterback and fellow team captain Tyler Wilson took that to heart Sunday.
"Our quarterback, Tyler Wilson, he called me and was like, 'After we get done running, we're going to meet as an offense,'" Jarius Wright said. "I spread the word and told the offensive linemen, receivers and running backs we're going to meet in the offensive line meeting room afterwards. We talked about our direction and what we're going to do to head down that direction. You can go down or
you can get better from the loss. We talked about our direction as an offense and where we want to go. We're going to work hard this week to get better."
Though nationally renowned for his offensive mind, Petrino admits the Alabama game left him with more questions than answers and that he "can't wait to get back on the practice field" Tuesday.
"What are we operating on offense?" Petrino said. "How are we going to block the offensive front? How are we going to protect the quarterback better? Those type of things about, I still don't feel good about what it is we do after four weeks into the season. What's our identity? What are we going to hang our hat on offensively? How are we going to find a way to run the ball, to take some pressure off the passing game?"
Quarterback Wilson took a pounding in Tuscaloosa even though Alabama officially didn't sack him.
Texas A&M leads the country in sacks, averaging 4.7 for its three games, routs over SMU and Idaho before losing its 20-3 halftime lead in the 30-29 loss to Big 12 rival Oklahoma State.
Saturday's game marks Arkansas' non-conference finale for the season and its non-conference finale ever against Texas A&M.
This time next year for their contracted clash with Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium, the Aggies will be in the SEC.
In July, Texas A&M officially leaves the Big 12 and joins the SEC for all sports starting in the 2012-2013 academic year.
"We're excited that they are coming into the conference," Petrino said. "I think that is good for us. It's good for our recruiting."
The Razorbacks recruit avidly into Texas in all sports, particularly football.
"There's been a number of guys in the last three or four years who we didn't get to come here," Petrino said. "They grew up watching Big 12 football and maybe chose a different school because they were used to it so much. All of the publicity, exposure, everything that we get now with A&M coming in in the state of Texas, I think helps us a lot."