FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema still expects junior defensive end Tevin Beanum to rejoin the team by next week when fall classes begin, he said during a Wednesday news conference.
In fact, the Razorbacks currently have one spot open on their 105-man fall camp roster, and Bielema said that he is essentially leaving that spot open for Beanum.
Beanum started eight games and appeared in all 13 last season for the Razorbacks, recording 30 tackles and seven tackles-for-loss. He was expected to start at one of the Hogs’ defensive end spots this season, but has missed the entire fall — and was absent for some of the spring as well — with an undisclosed personal issue.
In Beanum’s absence, junior Karl Roesler, true freshman McTelvin Agim and sophomore Randy Ramsey — a converted linebacker — have worked at the position.
Defensive coordinator Robb Smith said that Beanum is around the program currently and working out with strength coach Ben Herbert.
“He’s been in great shape all summer, so we’ll take it one day at a time with him but we expect him to help us early on,” Smith said.