Shoes? Training regimen? Dumb luck? This foot thing has to be figured out quickly
With your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.
Yep, another one
That’s seven now — at least — in the last three years or so for Arkansas football. Coach Bret Bielema announced Monday that linebacker Jamario Bell would be out for 10-12 weeks after suffering a broken foot. Bell was lower on the depth chart than some of the previous broken foot sufferers of the past, but it’s still safe to call this an epidemic for the Razorbacks.
- Running back Jonathan Williams
- Wide receiver Keon Hatcher
- Wide receiver Cody Hollister
- Running back Kody Walker
- Defensive end Mitchell Loewen
- Linebacker Dre Greenlaw
- Linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste
This injury is far more significant, even if it’s less — they hope — serious. Senior wide receiver Jared Cornelius was removed from the team’s 105-man roster. Cornelius has 95 percent of the team’s career receptions at wide receiver among those on the current roster.
His turn now
TJ Smith was a guy Bielema raved about two springs ago. The then-redshirt freshman showed the tools then. They just didn’t manifest themselves last season. Now, though, as a sophomore, Smith is getting closer and closer to nailing down a starting defensive end job in Arkansas’ new 3-4 scheme.
T.J. Hammonds next up?
Bielema said sophomore T.J. Hammonds has taken his move to full-time wide receiver by the proverbial horns. Hammonds was a running back in high school and played limited duty there there last season as a freshman. The coaching staff moved him out wide after the season. The idea is Hammonds could, in theory, turn into a Percy Harvin type. Might be on his way based on this piece from Jimmy Carter.
Ever the optimists
Our John Nabors is our resident Arkansas “fan.”
He admits as much. But even he acknowledges the Razorbacks are going to need someone out of the shadows to step into a star-making role this season. SEC Country’s podcast has the details.
Holy smokes. This one even surprised me a bit. How many former Arkansas football players do you think are in NFL training camps right now? Twenty? Twenty-five? Nope.
Try 33. And that doesn’t include former Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola, who was cut by Tennessee last week after being shot during an incident at a Dickson Street night club late last month.
Tweets and the like
Who is shocked by this one? No one. John Daly was the runaway favorite when Nabors started his bracket and the Arkansas faithful showed that was justified.
Ladies and gentlemen! The Razorback You'd Most Like to Share a Beer With: pic.twitter.com/n5JZBfXGA8
— John Nabors (@YourNaborJohn) July 31, 2017
Everyone loves babies.
Met the beautiful Briella Bielema. Jealous she has more hair than I do. She is perfect. Oh I miss babies!! @jenbielema such a lovely mommy!
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) July 31, 2017
Do you have talent? Do you love the Razorbacks? Actually, that second question isn’t all that important; just have to fake it, really. Anyway, University of Arkansas needs a graphic design assistant.
— Razorback FB Recruit (@RazorbackFBRec) July 30, 2017
Skip Breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here.