Arkansas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson earned a finance degree at the University of Texas in only three years, so he opted to leave the Longhorns and pursue the chance to play for the Razorbacks this season.
Now the redshirt junior is in position to potentially earn a starting role at either center or right guard, depending on how the parts fit together.
SEC Country’s Jason Kersey reported that four of the five positions seem pretty well set in stone: Senior Dan Skipper at right tackle, junior Frank Ragnow at center, sophomore Hjalte Froholdt at left guard and redshirt freshman Colton Jackson at left tackle. There could potentially be some movement in that, though, if the coaches decide Raulerson should play center, which would allow Ragnow to move back to right guard.
“I’ll play guard, I’ll play center,” Raulerson said, according to a report from Whole Hog Sports. “It doesn’t matter. Frank is the same way. Both of us want to do what’s best to help the Razorbacks win. I will say that I’ve played more at center in college as anywhere else, but I’ve played everywhere. But neither one of us care where we are going to play. He doesn’t care and I don’t care.”
Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson likes Raulerson’s studious and inquisitive nature.
“He’s by my office before and after practice,” Anderson told Whole Hog Sports. “It will start out with him wanting to ask two questions, then the next thing you know it’s turned into 30 to 35 minutes.
“I like the kid. He’s smart, can communicate. He has length and a burning desire to be great. He loves this game. … I think there is a lot of football ahead for him.”
Raulerson will pursue a business administration master’s degree at Arkansas.