Brown Not Satisfied With Career Performance

FAYETTEVILLE -- Making the most of his first career start, Arkansas inside linebacker Pierre Brown wrapped up a game-high 12 tackles in Saturday's 22-20 loss to Texas.

The 6-foot, 227-pound junior from Birmingham, Ala., was in on the first three tackles of the game, including stopping quarterback Vince Young at the line of scrimmage on the opening snap.

Despite the career performance -- his previous single-game high was five tackles in Week 1 against New Mexico State -- Brown wasn't satisfied.

"I think I played hard, but there's a lot of things I can get better at," Brown said. "You can always get better with your tackling and taking on blocks, with your eyes reading plays and being able to just shoot gaps a little more aggressive without thinking."

Linebackers coach Chris Vaughn said it's that kind of attitude which has led to more playing time for Brown this season.

"He's never satisfied," Vaughn said. "He comes to work everyday with the intention of making himself and the team better. Plus, he's getting older and the desire to really play and make a name for himself has really started to show up and it has since spring."

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was the most excited about Brown's vision, as far as reading plays and taking the right path to the ball, against the Longhorns. Eight of his 13 tackles were solo stops.

"I think the thing that impressed us more than anything was just his eyes," Wommack said. "He's doing a great job with his eyes and I keep saying eyes because guys that don't play with their eyes are always a step or two behind ... I don't care if you're 4.3.

"He doesn't do that."

Brown entered the season with 60 tackles despite being slowed the past two years with a shoulder problem. The injury kept him out of the linebacker mix, so most of his stops before this season came on special teams.

"We weren't able to use him as much as we'd liked because of his hurt shoulder," Vaughn said. "When you're at linebacker, it's especially hard to produce because you use your shoulders so much.

"But now he's healthy and he's trying to be a good leader by playing hard and playing fast."

Besides the areas he thinks he needs to improve, Brown did see some positives against Texas.

"I feel like we played a real good team in Texas with a really good running back (Cedric Benson)," Brown said. "I feel like if we can play with those guys, we can play with anybody. We stopped them when we needed to and got a lot of three and outs, especially in the second half.

"That builds our confidence a lot."

Surgery For Leach
Reserve quarterback Landon Leach said Tuesday that he will schedule surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder next week.

"It's been a couple of weeks since my first visit and things just haven't seemed to improve," Leach said. "My shoulder still is unstable and at some point, there comes a time when you realize that things aren't going to get better and it's time to get (the surgery) done."

Leach, a redshirt freshman from Russellville, injured the shoulder in a preseason scrimmage last month. He had arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder last November, but said this one figures to be more complex.

"It looks like they're going to have to do an open surgery," Leach said. "It's an interior reconstruction. This time they're going to have to cut me open and tightened the front of my shoulder."

Leach won't return this season, but is keeping his spirits up about the future. While rehabbing from surgery, he plans to take in as much as he can by watching practices and game films.

"I plan to be back out there next year," Leach said. "You can always get mental reps, even when you're not in and that's what I'm going to have to do.

"Just like last year, I'm going to be here and do everything I can to get back out there with my teammates."

Defensive Realignment
Since starting noseguard Jeremy Harrell did not practice Tuesday with a sprained right ankle and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe, sophomore Lucas Jackson received most of the work with the first-team defense Tuesday.

Jackson, who's from West Monroe, La., did not play against Texas, but did see some snaps in the season-opening win against New Mexico State and made one tackle for a one-yard loss.

"With Jeremy injured and not knowing what direction that's going to go, we're just trying to get him ready," said defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. "The chances Lucas has when he's in there, he makes plays. He might get blocked every now and then, but I never question him not playing hard."

Jackson was signed as a linebacker and Rocker said that background makes him faster than most interior defensive linemen.

"His motor's always running and he's pretty quick," Rocker said. "My main concern is getting him in there with the first group and letting him hear the calls with the ones, so he can get a sense of comfort out there.

"At our noseguard position, Titus (Peebles) and Harrell have taken quite a beating already and it's just been two games, so we've got to have somebody ready."

Moving On
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said his players have put Saturday's loss to Texas behind them.

"We had a good practice," Nutt said Tuesday. "It was a very physical practice and from having the type of game we had Saturday night, there was a lot of bruises, but the guys really bounced around and I'm proud of the way they went to work today."

Nutt said the Hogs' practice schedule, which includes breaking down the game film on Sunday, helped with putting the Texas game out of their minds early in the week.

"There's a lot of hurt and that's why I love our schedule," Nutt said. "Get back on the field and put that film to rest and get on with the next week.

"I'm glad we're playing this week, we don't have an open week, and we're glad to get back into it again."

Grid Bits
Junior tailback Dedrick Poole, who's from Little Rock, sported a No. 4 jersey Tuesday which was hasn't been used by an offensive player since former UA tailback Cedric Cobbs, who also is from Little Rock ... Junior tight end Jared Hicks practiced Tuesday, but still has a sore shoulder according to Nutt ... Freshman cornerback Matterral Richardson spent Tuesday jogging around the practice fields as he was limited with a shoulder injury ... Junior safety Vickiel Vaughn missed a few plays early in practice after jamming his thumb, but returned. He also still seems hobbled by a sprain left ankle he injured against Texas, but is expected to play on Saturday.

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