FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas center Frank Ragnow will miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain, coach Bret Bielema said Monday.
Ragnow sustained the injury in the Razorbacks’ 52-20 loss to Auburn last Saturday. He will have surgery and face a 12-week recovery. Ragnow is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country and a top candidate for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the top center in the country.
Bielema is optimistic Ragnow will make a full recovery and be ready for the NFL next season. Zach Rogers is expected to start at center going forward.
Freshman running back Chase Hayden is also out for the season with a lower-leg fracture. Hayden had 2 carries for 42 yards and a reception for 23 yards before being removed from the loss to Auburn. The freshman from Memphis, Tenn., has rushed for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns on 61 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry.