FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior linebacker Dwayne Eugene worked with the first-team defense during practice Tuesday, giving him a potential leg up in the battle to replace injured starter Dre Greenlaw.
“He works harder than anybody out there,” said senior middle linebacker Brooks Ellis. “He puts in overtime all the time. He’s a hard worker. He makes plays all over the field. He cares more than anybody.”
After Greenlaw suffered a foot injury and left last weekend’s loss to Alabama, he was initially replaced by true freshman De’jon Harris. The updated depth chart released Monday listed Eugene OR Harris as the starter at weakside linebacker.
Greenlaw had surgery on his foot Monday and will be out at least four weeks.
Eugene later entered the Alabama game and intercepted a Jalen Hurts pass in the third quarter.
Asked Tuesday if the interception helped Eugene’s confidence, linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves said, laughing, “I hope so. It helped mine.”
Eugene — from Archbishop Rummel High School in the New Orleans area — started one game last season.