During Arkansas' 58-10 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon, Razorback safety commit Alex Brignoni took to twitter.
"I can't wait to be in a Hog Uniform," Brignoni tweeted.
No doubt Arkansas fans – who have seen subpar play from this season's injury-plagued secondary - can't wait to him in one either.
One of three safeties that the Razorbacks have pledges from in the 2013 recruiting class, Brignoni (6-1, 190) proved Friday night that he truly is the last line of defense for Fayetteville.
Four different times Springdale junior running back DeAndre Murray needed to just get past Brignoni for long touchdown runs.
Each time the sure-tackling Brignoni – who had 10 tackles, forced a fumble and also intercepted a pass near the goal line – came up with a saving tackle.
"Brignoni is a stud," Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton said. "He is the eraser back there for us. When things look bleak and bad for us, he is back there and makes a play."
Fellow Razorback pledge Austin Allen completed 15-of-24 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Fayetteville downed Springdale 27-11 Friday night.
Murray, who had 271 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Rogers the previous week, had 107 against the Purple Bulldogs on 26 carries and did not find the end zone.
"He's really good and has a lot of speed and is playing a lot of running back this season," Brignoni said. "What we have to do is force him inside and keep outside leverage. We did a good job of that tonight and he got stuck a few times."
Brignoni missed the first three games of the season due to a groin and hamstring injury.
"I'm playing through some pain, but I feel good," Brignoni said. "I should be completely healthy in a couple of games."
It helped the Fayetteville defense to also have back linebacker Brooks Ellis, another Razorback commitment who had missed the previous two games with injuries.
It was the first time all year that the Purple Bulldogs had all of its expected starters healthy and on the field at the same time.
That bunch truly slowed down a Springdale offense that had been extremely high scoring this season, including scoring 42 the previous week against Rogers.
"To have Brooks and Briggs and Terrell Tyson and have our defense healthy for a change is huge for us," Patton said. "Murray, I guess he got over a hundred, but I guess he had to earn every one of them."
Fayetteville opened the season with losses to Memphis University and at Jefferson City (MO), but has now won three straight.
The Purple Bulldogs will play Rogers Heritage this Friday.
"Our team is on a good roll right now," Brignoni said. "Everyone is back healthy. Our schedule is going to be start getting tough, but I think we can pull through and make another run for it."
Brignoni admits that it has been a frustrating experience to see what his future college teammates are going through.
"It is a tough time, but I am still completely committed to Arkansas and that's not going to change," Brignoni said. "I think we can get over the hump."
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