FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas sophomore cornerback Britto Tutt will miss the entire 2016 season with a torn ACL in his knee, defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads said after Thursday’s practice.
The news from Rhoads confirmed earlier reports that the injury was significant.
“He got tangled up with a receiver competing for a ball and went down,” Rhoads said. “You know, you land a certain way in a dangerous sport, violent sport and the worst case happened with him.”
Tutt arrived at Arkansas as part of the 2016 signing class after spending his freshman season at Ventura (Calif.) College. According to coaches on several occasions, Tutt was among several players in the thick of the competition to contribute in the secondary and on special teams. He had an interception on a deep pass by quarterback Cole Kelley during last Saturday’s scrimmage.
“He was having a good camp,” Rhoads said. “Certainly, as newcomer with no spring ball, there was a lot to learn yet speed wise and the competition level of the SEC. But he was showing during fall camp that he had an opportunity maybe to contribute for us.”
Rhoads added that one of the positives for Tutt is he can now redshirt and not lose a year of eligibility due to the injury.
It was the second consecutive day Arkansas had announced an injury to one of its cornerbacks. Coach Bret Bielema said yesterday D.J. Dean will likely be out for at least two weeks. Dean played in all 12 games last season with eight starts, but had been one of the starters so far in fall camp.
Jared Collins and Henre’ Toliver have apparently solidified their place as the starting cornerbacks.
“You’ve got four guys that have played for us in Collins, Toliver, (Ryan) Pulley and (Kevin) Richardson,” Rhoads said. “So you’re still a very solid two-deep and we can count on getting D.J. back just as fast as he gets healthy.”
Bielema mentioned the possibility of redshirting Dean, a senior, since he likely would be behind in earning a spot on the first or second team following the hamstring injury.
“That becomes a lot harder possibility to do that right now with Britto down,” Rhoads said. “D.J. is at point right now that I think he’s ready to compete and have a great senior year.”