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Fayetteville safety and Arkansas commitment Alex Brignoni (6-1, 190) is finally ready to hit the field after overcoming injury. He believes both his current prep team - with Brooks Ellis and Austin Allen - and his future college will bounce back this weekend.

Fayetteville safety and Arkansas commitment Alex Brignoni will finally get on the football field on Friday night when his team hosts Muskogee (OK).

Brignoni (6-1, 190) has been sidelined by a groin and hamstring injury that kept him out of his team's scrimmage win over Pulaski Academy and the first two regular season games.

Making it even tougher was the fact that the defending state champion Bulldogs lost to Memphis University School and Jefferson City (MO).

"It's really been tough to just be standing there on the sideline and not being able to help," Brignoni said. "But I am finally going to get a chance to play this week and I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help our team win."

He had 130 tackles and 10 interceptions in an outstanding junior season.

Brignoni gets back to action at the same time fellow Razorback commit Brooks Ellis will miss two to four weeks because of a dislocated knee suffered in last week's game.

"That's tough for him and us, but we just have to hold it together until we get him back and then start to really kick it in," Brignoni said. "All of our goals are still right in front of us."

Brignoni, Ellis and Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen are all Razorback commitments and will be at Saturday's Arkansas game with top-ranked Alabama.

It is the first game for the Razorbacks since a shocking 34-31 to Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock.

"I know everybody was really surprised with how that turned out, but - just like with my high school team – you have to put it behind you and go to work on the things that you can get better at as a team and an individual," Brignoni said. "I know that is what we have been doing and I am sure it is what Arkansas has been focusing on, too.

"I do expect the Razorbacks to bounce back and play really well these week just like I think we will," Brignoni added. "We've all just got to rally around each other and look to the future and not keep thinking about what happen last week."

Brignoni said Arkansas fans should not worry about the trio.

"We are all committed and will stay committed no matter what," Brignoni said. "But I fully expect the Razorbacks to bounce back."





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