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Arkansas tackle Brian Wallace is expected to play against Alabama, so says coach Bret Bielema.

Arkansas’ Brian Wallace should play on O-line vs. Alabama, Bret Bielema confirms

Trent Shadid

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The lack of meaningful playing time for Arkansas tackle Brian Wallace may be coming to an end soon. After not playing an offensive snap in the Hogs’ first two SEC games, Wallace should see time in the trenches this week at Alabama, coach Bret Bielema says.

“[Wallace has] had his best week of practice and I expect to see him play [some on the line] on Saturday,” Bielema said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.

The junior apparently fell out of favor in fall camp after starting the final 10 games of the 2016 season. Wallace’s absence on the offensive line has been puzzling considering the shortcomings of the unit as the Hogs have struggled to a 2-3 start this season.

Wallace was listed as a co-starter at right tackle with Paul Ramirez on the depth chart this week. He was previously listed as the backup at right tackle. He’s been limited to special teams duty most of this season.

“We have spent more time coaching Brian Wallace than anybody in our program,” Bielema said earlier this week. “And I think he’s going to take advantage of it. He’s got a great attitude, a great mentality.”

Bielema did not specify whether or not Wallace or Ramirez would start against the Crimson Tide. Ramirez made the first start of his career last Saturday at South Carolina.