After one of the toughest days of his young life, Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette got back to the family business on Wednesday.
Bequette, whose dad Jay and uncle Chris both played for the Razorbacks, attended his grandfather George Bequette's funeral Tuesday in St. Genevieve, Mo. – just outside of St. Louis.
George Bequette also played for the Arkansas football program and was a two-way star on the line for the famed "25 Little Pigs" back in 1954.
"My grandpa and I were very close and he obviously played here and started quite a legacy," Bequette said. "I will always remember him in my heart and when I play."
Former Razorback head coaches Frank Broyles and Ken Hatfield were in attendance along with former Arkansas trainer Dean Weber.
"It was a very touching funeral service," Bequette said. "He lived a very full life with no regrets and everyone he knew, he touched. There was a great turnout and anyone who ever met Big George never really forgot him. He was my grandpa and I loved him to death."
Bequette missed Tuesday's workout, but took solace in getting back out on the field for Wednesday.
"It felt good to get my mind on something else," Bequette said. "It was a good day on defense. The offense challenged us, but that is to be expected."
Bequette will spend a lot of his spring going up against celebrated freshman offensive tackle Brey Cook (6-7, 310).
"He is obviously a very talented kid," Bequette said. "He is running with the first team and should be in high school now. That's incredible. He has all the physical tools and the thing with him is just getting the reps, getting in the playbook and learning our offense, which is very complex and very tough on offensive tackles because we throw the ball so much."
"They are asked to go one on one and we have two tackles that were here last year that are going to play on Sundays," Bequette said. "He has got big shoes to fill, but he is going to be a very good player."
Bequette noted that he and fellow defensive ends Colton Miles-Nash, Tenarius Wright and Chris Smith will not be taking it easy on the freshman, who enrolled in January.
"Absolutely not," Bequette said. "That is the responsibility for me and guys like Colton and Tank (Wright) and Chris Smith to really get after him to make him better. We're competitors out here in practice and then on game day we are on the same team."
Bequette also had praise for defensive tackle Robert Thomas, a junior college transfer.
"He has really surprised me in a good way," Bequette said. "A lot of guys that come out of junior college are not real used to the speed of the game, but Robert has stepped right in and is running with the ones right now. I know that (starters) D.D. (Jones) and Byran (Jones) aren't here right now, but Robert is getting a lot of good reps in the spring and definitely will play next year."
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