Jones Invited to Senior Bowl

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones amazed coaches, teammates and fans with his unique talents during his four-year career with the Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-6, 237-pounder will get his first chance to make a similar impression with NFL representatives at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., next month.

Jones said Monday he has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, an event that attracts hundreds of NFL personnel. The game, which will be played on Jan. 29 and features college seniors, is part of a high-profile week that gives owners, coaches and scouts the chance to evaluate players before the NFL Draft in April.

"It's exciting," Jones said. "It will be fun I think. It's a blessing to be invited. It's supposed to be the top players of this year's draft so it's cool."

The Senior Bowl schedule will keep Jones busy with daily practices, team meetings, interviews with NFL representatives and other functions. Tailback Cedric Cobbs and left tackle Bo Lacy represented Arkansas in the Senior Bowl last season and were selected in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively, in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Both Senior Bowl teams are run by NFL coaching staffs and practices are monitored by NFL personnel. Jones said he was invited to Mobile as an "athlete" and believes he'll get plenty of work at quarterback, receiver and as a punt returner.

"I don't think you know where you're going to play until the coaches are there and they decide what they want to see you do," Jones said. "I don't care what I do. It doesn't matter to me. I'll do whatever they want me to do."

Jones is scheduled to work out with strength coach Don Decker in the Broyles Center the next two weeks and will leave Arkansas on Dec. 27 to attend a two-month camp in New Jersey. The camp is designed to help Jones improve his strength and quickness in time for the annual NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Six For Surgery
Arkansas trainer Dean Weber said six Razorbacks were scheduled for surgery before players go home for a five-week holiday break this week.

Defensive tackle Jeremy Harrell (shoulder) and backup center Skye Peterson (hernia) underwent successful surgeries Monday. Linebacker Clarke Moore (knee) is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. Defensive tackle Keith Jackson, right tackle Robert Felton and running back Korey Sutton will undergo knee surgeries Thursday.

"We're trying to get it done before they go home," Weber said. "When they come back (January 17), they won't have to mess with it then. About the only silver lining in the dark cloud that has hovered over us this football season is that we have four or five weeks where we can get a jump on the rehabilitation part of it."

Harrell underwent shoulder reconstruction surgery after dislocating it early in Arkansas' 43-14 season-ending loss to LSU on Nov. 26. Harrell, who started 10 games last season, will be limited to non-contact drills during spring practice.

Moore will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage and bone spurs that bothered him toward the end of the season. Jackson will have similar surgery to repair cartilage that the sophomore originally tore last year.

Weber said Felton's surgery will "correct a default in his medial collateral ligament," an injury that occurred in high school. Sutton, who was hurt during the last month of the season, will undergo surgery to correct a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Sutton will miss spring drills while he rehabilitates his knee. But Weber said Moore, Jackson, Felton and Peterson should be available for spring drills.

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