Hogs Still Slightly Banged Up

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas may not be as banged up as originally thought heading into Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Georgia in Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.

Earlier in the week, it looked as if the Razorbacks would be without four key players on offense --senior quarterback Matt Jones (groin), senior flanker Steven Harris (left knee), left tackle Tony Ugoh (kidney stones) and freshman running back Peyton Hillis (lower back).

Nutt said Jones, Harris and Hillis would all be "game-time decisions." Ugoh, who returned to practice Thursday, will be replaced by Robert Felton, at least for the start of the game.

"We're going to start Robert Felton there," Nutt said. "He's done a good job. It's just like Matt (Gilbow) last week. He's getting ready to see a different speed."

Jones, who missed practice time earlier in the week, appeared to be closer to full speed in Thursday's practice. If he doesn't start, backup Robert Johnson will get the call.

"(Jones) is going to test it out full speed (inside the Broyles Center) before the game and we'll go from there," Nutt said. "He's improved. The key is can he move sideways. I know he can run straight OK. Maybe not full speed, but I worry about him moving laterally."

Hillis has been cleared to play by doctors after fracturing three transverse processes (bones attached to the vertebrae) in his lower back less than three weeks ago.

Even with the clearance by doctors, Nutt said he may look for someone else's approval before inserting Hillis against the Bulldogs.

"Even if he plays, it won't be like 70 plays now," Nutt said. "If mom and dad are totally against it, probably won't (play him). They just want to think about it. All players want to play.

"If that's your son, you want to make sure we're doing the right thing."

Starting cornerback Michael Coe (thigh), who was still hobbling around Thursday, remains doubtful and likely will be replaced by true freshman Michael Grant.

Familiar Foe
Arkansas freshman defensive end Marcus Harrison will have a different view of Georgia freshman tailback Danny Ware. Both prepped last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

"Danny was one of my best friends up there," Harrison said. "We knew we were both going to play in the SEC, so we always used to talk a lot of noise to each other."

Harrison, who's started five of six games at defensive end, was one of Ware's blockers when he played offensive guard at Hargrave last season.

"It will be a little different trying to tackle him after trying to block for him that whole season," Harrison said. "He used to just run people over. He's very fast, but at Hargrave, they thought he was just a power back but he's proved them wrong because he can hit outside and really go, so you have to be proud all around.

"It's going to be fun to see him again, but at the same time, I have to focus on what I have to do and that's helping stop him and that offense."

Ware leads the Bulldogs with 476 yards on 87 carries with four touchdowns.

More On Harris
Harris said "you better believe it" when asked if he was going to play Saturday even though the Hogs' leading receiver missed most of Thursday's workout while rehabbing.

"He hasn't practiced all week, so I don't know if he can go," said Arkansas receivers coach James Shibest. "We'll just see how he feels on Saturday. Even without practicing, I trust his knowledge of it.

"But he's a senior and he wants to play so I expect him to be out there."

If Harris can't go, Shibest said he will start Cedric Washington in his place and give more reps to David Thompson.

Freshman Move
True freshman Fred Bledsoe had five tackles in the first three games, but hasn't had a stop in limited action during the past three games.

This week, Bledsoe has moved from defensive tackle to defensive end, the position he played at Little Rock Central.

"We're just trying to get him on the field," Rocker said. "Sometimes, change is good for a freshman and we just hope he's used to the speed of the game because we think he's got some potential there."

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