FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas senior Jeremiah Ledbetter has played all over the defensive line throughout his career with the Hogs.
This season, he’s primarily played the 3-technique at defensive tackle and at times shifted to end in pass-rushing situations. However, that may change going forward with Arkansas looking at different possible combinations on the defensive line to strengthen its run defense.
Ledbetter could be asked to revert back to the edge of the defensive front and play end, where he spent last season, on a more regular basis. Arkansas has struggled mightily at times to “set the edge” on defense, something Ledbetter feels is one of his strengths. The Hogs currently rank last in the SEC in rushing yards allowed per game (330.75) against conference opponents.
“I want to say, as far as playing at the end position, I feel like I can set that edge better,” Ledbetter said Tuesday. “Set the edge at more crucial moments. Just mainly setting that edge and in pass rush.”
Ledbetter added that he feels comfortable and confident being asked to play any spot on the defensive line. He could also help at end if Arkansas is without senior Deatrich Wise Jr. this week against Florida (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Wise is dealing with a variety of minor injuries.
“We’re not sure,” defensive line coach Rory Segrest said of Wise’s status for Saturday.
“I mean, he tried to do a little bit today. It’s going to be a day-by-day deal. But he is out there. He’s taking some reps. We’ll see how it progresses during the course of the week.”