FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas freshman defensive tackle Austin Capps has returned to practice and is expected to play this weekend against Alcorn State.
Capps, a true freshman from Star City, Ark., appeared in the first three games of the season for the Razorbacks but missed the Hogs’ loss to Texas A&M last week after being involved in a scooter accident on campus.
Following the Razorbacks’ 45-24 loss to the Aggies in Arlington, Texas, coach Bret Bielema announced Capps’ injury as the reason he didn’t make the trip. Bielema said Capps “had a pretty big contusion on his eye” and that “it was swollen shut.”
“He practiced today and his swelling’s gone down, so we’re keeping a close eye on him,” said defensive line coach Rory Segrest. “Right now, he’s in good shape.”
Capps was a 4-star recruit and has recorded four tackles and 0.5 sacks this season. He and McTelvin Agim are the only two true freshmen defensive linemen who have appeared in games this season.
He had been listed all season as the second-team nose guard behind starter Taiwan Johnson, but now shares the second-team spot on the depth chart with junior Bijhon Jackson.
Asked if Capps is now under any kind of “no-scooter” mandate, Segrest smirked and said, “I personally wouldn’t want my son on one. Those things, they don’t have a lot of protection just like a motorcycle, that sort of thing. Anytime you have an accident, there’s some bad things waiting to happen so fortunately, he came out of it OK.
“Obviously missed last week but we’ll have him back this week. Fortunate it wasn’t worse.”