Razorbacks Lose TB Pearson to Injury

In a storyline far too familiar, Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt lost a tailback for the season on Monday when tests revealed that sophomore reserve tailback Radale Pearson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Pearson injured the knee on Saturday in a workout held on the artificial surface of the Walker Pavilion. The Memphis, Tenn., product played as a true freshman last season earning 58 yards on 19 carries. The Razorbacks lost three tailbacks to season-ending injuries last season with Andre Ackee, Cedric Cobbs and Fred Talley going down.
 
"We were sorry to hear the news on Radale," UA Head Coach Houston Nutt said. "We will use it as a redshirt season and try to turn it into a positive situation. Our main goal is to get him healthy and back on the field."
 
Meanwhile the rest of the Razorback squad donned the full pads for the first time this fall. It appeared that the defense had the upper-hand on the first day of live action with several jarring hits coming from that side of the ball." "It was a good first day in pads," Nutt said. "We had some good crisp hitting and some pads popping. Our first defense chased the ball well. Carlos Hall, Curt Davis and Jermaine Petty are doing a good job leading us. I'm proud of our seniors. We don't have very many of them, but they are stepping up and leading the way."
 
Freshman Clarke Moore found himself on the offensive side of the ball on Monday. The Van Buren, Ark., native spent the first few workouts at linebacker, but now is lined up at tight end. Another injury setback to J. Strain necessitated the move.
 
"We moved Clarke Moore over to tight end to try to help us gain some depth," Nutt said. "He is starting back at square one at a new position, but we think he can help us. We just needed the numbers and he was the guy we could move."
 
Arkansas will practice twice daily for the rest of the week before taking part in the annual "Meet the Razorbacks Day" from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday. The Hogs will hold a scrimmage at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

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