FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior linebacker Khalia Hackett is no longer listed on the depth chart and has been removed from the Razorbacks’ travel roster, coach Bret Bielema announced Monday.
Hackett did not play in a 42-3 win over Texas State last Saturday despite being fully healthy according to Bielema. He had been listed as the starting strong-side linebacker last week, a position Arkansas rarely uses. Senior Josh Williams is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker this week.
Hackett had primarily played on special teams and as the backup to middle linebacker Brooks Ellis this season. Freshman De’Jon Harris is now expected to assume the responsibility behind Ellis.
“He has been removed from our hotel roster,” Bielema said. “One of the things that we’ve kind of said is we need to have people that are accountable to us all the time. Khalia is a very talented player. He’s done a lot of really good things. He’s done a lot of things off the field I’ve asked him to do. But just on the field we needed to have better production out of the assignments we’ve given him. Those weren’t happening the way we felt as coaches it needed to happen, so that’s why we went with a younger player.”
Hackett appeared in the first two games of the season, recording 2 tackles. He played in all 13 games last season with one start.