After signing with Arkansas, Mitch Mustain talked about wanting to redshirt his freshman season if he didn't earn the starting quarterback job.

Mustain wasn't named the starter — junior Robert Johnson was — but it doesn't look as if Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will have the luxury of letting the former Springdale High star sit on the bench for a year to learn.

Sophomore Casey Dick has missed most of the last two weeks with a back injury, and there is no telling when the former starter might be healthy enough to suit up for the Razorbacks.

Meanwhile, Alex Mortensen's transfer over the summer has left Arkansas with Mustain and a redshirt freshman as the only legitimate quarterbacks behind Johnson.

"We definitely (need to hold our breath). You don't want anybody else hurt," Nutt said. "(You) try not to think about it."

Mustain will serve as the backup quarterback, and coaches have told the freshman to get ready because he's only one play away from getting in the game.

As nice as it might have been to let Mustain spend this season learning from the sidelines, he'll likely be called on at some point this season. It could be sooner than later.

FRESH FACE: Van Stumon

Arkansas' coaches have realized that freshman Van Stumon is more than just a linebacker. The North Little Rock native has the versatility to play several different positions on both offense and defense.

Stumon, who played running back and defensive end in high school, has been getting work at fullback after he was expected to play linebacker at Arkansas.

Coaches decided to move Stumon to fullback as an experiment earlier this month. There is a chance he could return to the defensive side of the ball, but for now, he's working with the offense.

"He can go a lot of positions. He can go linebacker, defensive end or fullback," Nutt said earlier this month.

If Stumon isn't needed at fullback or used to add depth at linebacker, he could redshirt the season. But it might be hard to ignore the freshman considering his ability to contribute at several different positions.



The Hogs will practice at 9:50 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. today. The session is closed to the media and public.


After seeing running back Darren McFadden (dislocated toe) and quarterback Casey Dick (back injury) not be able to practice because of injuries, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt thought it would be in his team's best interest to limit the amount of contact at Saturday night's "scrimmage."

The players will still run full-speed plays like it were a real scrimmage, but there won't be any tackling. Instead, it will be what Nutt described as a "thud" — though that sound won't be as loud without the tackling.


The quarterback race has been resolved, but Arkansas is still without a starting kicker. Coach Houston Nutt said Thursday night that he feels like he's "getting close" to naming a starter.

The starting job appears to be a two-man race between Dan Bailey and Stephen Arnold, but Nutt said he wants to see what happens when the Razorbacks hold their second scrimmage Saturday night.

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