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2 Arkansas Razorbacks no longer with football program

A pair of offensive players are no longer on the Arkansas football team.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Two players are no longer with the Arkansas football program, head coach Bret Bielema announced Monday.

Tight end Anthony Antwine and wide receiver D'vone McClure left the team earlier this semester and are not on the Razorbacks' spring practice roster.

Antwine, who would have been a fifth-year senior in 2017, began dealing with personal issues last fall, shortly after he was placed on scholarship, and hasn't been with the team since the second or third week of the offseason program, Bielema said. However, he is still taking classes at Arkansas.

"I really can't comment other than he's doing better," Bielema said. "He won't be with us, but we're able to keep him on scholarship and provide an opportunity that Jeff and our administration have allowed."

The Plano, Texas, native came to Arkansas as a walk-on and has played wide receiver and tight end for the Razorbacks. He appeared in 31 games and mostly played special teams, but he did start at receiver against Ole Miss in 2015. His lone reception was a 15-yard catch against Nicholls in 2014.

McClure was a walk-on and entering his sophomore season. He was an untraditional player, as he spent four seasons playing Minor League Baseball before deciding to try college football. As part of his baseball contract, the Cleveland Indians are paying for his education.

"He's been playing pro sports and he was like, 'Coach, I've been doing this for X number of years and I'm burnt out on it,'" Bielema said. "Unfortunately, I thought he was a kid that might be able to help us a little bit, but we hadn't invested a lot in him at this point, so it was probably good timing."

Because he was a 22-year-old freshman, McClure asked to play on special teams in 2016 and he made one tackle against Missouri. He turned 23 in January and told Bielema of his decision to stop playing shortly after the team returned from winter break.

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