FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior offensive lineman Johnny Gibson worked his way from walk-on to starting right guard during the second half of last season. He was even put on scholarship in December.
Now, after what offensive line coach Kurt Anderson described as a “team issue,” Gibson gets to try to work his way up the depth chart a second time.
An undisclosed rule violation has buried Gibson on the depth chart as the Razorbacks began spring practices this week. He isn’t working with the first or second team units — or getting any team reps at all, Anderson said.
“He’s doing individual and he’ll be working his way back in there when Coach (Bret) Bielema sees a fit for that,” Anderson said.
Gibson replaced Jake Raulerson in the starting lineup following Arkansas’ embarrassing 56-3 loss at Auburn in late October of last year. In Gibson’s first start, he played well and the Razorbacks routed eventual SEC East champion Florida 31-10.
But for the first two spring practices, Raulerson was back with the first group at right guard, with Gibson relegated to the back of the line.
“My advice to him is that people make mistakes, but at the same time, you’ve gotta learn from them,” Anderson said. “He’s gotta turn this into a positive and attack every workout, every practice, every opportunity to get back into the trust of his teammates, his coaches and himself.”