Walk-on Bailey Opening Eyes At UA

Being from Big 12 country, Dan Bailey knew the name Frank Solich.

So when the Ohio coach told him there was a scholarship offer on the table, the kicker paid attention.

But that wasn't enough to make him turn his back on the chance to walk on at Arkansas.

It was difficult for the Mustang, Okla., native to turn his back on a scholarship, but in his mind, he thought the better opportunity for immediate playing time was with the Razorbacks.

"I felt like that was a good opportunity," Bailey said. "But I have family up here and it just felt a lot more comfortable being closer to home and having an opportunity to play sooner than I did up there."

Bailey's move appears to be paying off, as Bailey followed up his solid showing in Saturday's scrimmage with a good first part of the week — good enough for Arkansas' coaches to shrink the list of potential kicking candidates to two between Bailey and Stephen Arnold.

Before the scrimmage, the kicker called his parents, who told him to calm down. Hid dad told him, "just play your game and do what you do best."

He did and now he has a chance to contribute immediately as a walk-on.

"I'm hoping I can just stay where I'm at and hopefully get this spot this week or maybe next week," Bailey said. "I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable."


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