Wednesday Grid Update, 10/19

With everybody wondering who will play quarterback, Arkansas takes a couple of defensive lineman and moves them to the other side of the ball.

While University of Arkansas still refuses to publicly name his starting quarterback - or even how many signal callers will play Saturday at Georgia, he did note there are a couple of new blockers for them.

Defensive tackles Fred Bledsoe and Jeremy Harrell have been moved to the offense line - Bledsoe at tackle and Harrell at guard - in a move designed to bolster the depth on the offensive line.

That's needed because tackle Chase Pressley will not play this Saturday due to an shoulder dislocation suffered Tuesday in practice while starting center Kyle Roper is questionable.

"I moved Jeremy Harrell to offensive guard and Fred Bledsoe to tackle just for depth." Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "Basically we are dealing with six guys (on the offensive line) and we are just getting nervous. You have got to have that depth, especially with the schedule we play, we need the bodies."

Bledsoe played 23 snaps in last weekend's 34-17 loss to visiting Auburn while Harrell - who has played in four of the six games and- didn't play last Saturday.

"We gave them a crash course last night (Tuesday) and got them going today," Nutt said. "They did a good job and really excepted it very well and we appreciate their attitude and their willingness to help the team - especially when we are need with some depth. They did some good things today."

Harrell played some guard in high school while Bledsoe split his time between tight end and defensive end and both are stepping in to keep some redshirts on others.

"It didn't look like it was so foreign to them," Nutt said. "It was a pretty good change for them."

While Pressley is definitely out, it's going to be a game decision for Roper - just as it was when he didn't play against Louisiana-Monroe and then did play against Auburn.

"It is the same as last week," Nutt said. "You're nervous. You think he is going to be there, but don't know how long he can go. And it's much, much more this week after Saturday's game - the physicals of that game. That's just a tough deal and a big concern."

That means the starting defensive tackles are Marcus Harrison and Keith Jackson and they will be backed up by true freshman Marcus Shavers and redshirt freshman Ernest Mitchell with true freshman Cord Gray ready in an emergency situation.

Harrison played 72 snaps, Jackson 63, Shavers 12 and Mitchell 3 against the Tigers.

Nutt remained mum on whether Alex Mortensen, Casey Dick, Cole Barthel or Robert Johnson - who has started the first six games - will guide the team against Georgia.

"I think they have a pretty good idea," Nutt said of his team. "The one thing about this thing is it kind of gave everybody a check for all of us to do just do what is best. Everybody just tighten up their belt a little bit and roll up their sleeves and be that much more focused on what they are doing. They had a good day today."

The Razorbacks actually practiced inside of the Walker Pavilion on on Wednesday.

"We have always had great practices in here and I think that was the main reason," Nutt said. "We just wanted a really good practice. For some reason indoors has always been a great environment for us and I want to pick us up."


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