FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Freshman De’Jon Harris and junior Dwayne Eugene will compete to start at weakside linebacker for No. 22 Arkansas this week against No. 12 Mississippi.
Starter Dre Greenlaw is out 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot. He sustained the injury in the Hogs’ loss to No. 1 Alabama last week and had surgery Monday.
Defensive coordinator Robb Smith said the team is taking things “one day at a time” to determine who will play in place of Greenlaw.
“Both (Harris and Eugene) are going to prepare as if they are starters and whoever performs the best will emerge there,” Smith said. “I think both of those guys are very, very capable and I am excited to work with them them this week and excited to see what they do.”
Harris initially replaced Greenlaw against Alabama and had 4 tackles. Eugene played later in the game and had 3 tackles and an interception off a tipped pass.
“I thought both De’Jon Harris and Dwayne Eugene did an admirable job when they got in there,” Smith said. “We are going to look at ways to put them in some better positions this week when they get in the game. I think both those guys have worked really hard and earned this opportunity. We will kind of see how things shake out this week, but I am excited to see these guys progress through this week of practices and see them in action on Saturday.”