Cleveland, Rees Stay In Receiver Rotation

FAYETTEVILLE — John Aaron Rees and Ben Cleveland don't appear anywhere on the depth chart released Thursday by Arkansas coach Houston Nutt.

But that doesn't mean the receivers won't be in the rotation when the Razorbacks start their season Sept. 2 at home against Southern California.

"In certain personnels, those guys will be right there involved," Nutt said. "They'll be out on the field."

With the number of wide receivers returning and a large number of freshmen coming in at the spot, most of Rees' playing time looked to be on special teams.

But Rees isn't surprised to be in the thick of the receiving rotation.

"I just hope that I can contribute wherever they need me, whether it be blocking, running a guy off or dropping back and catching one deep," Rees said. "I had a pretty good spring. I felt confident in myself. I knew we had some good receivers but I wasn't worried about that.

"Whether I play or not, I really want a winning season. I can't ask for much more than that."

Cleveland was working at tight end until this week when he shifted to receiver.

While Cleveland isn't on the chart, several other freshmen are there.

True freshmen Damian Williams, Mitch Mustain, Malcolm Sheppard, Ryan Powers, Adrian Davis, Wendel Davis, Jerell Norton and Dan Bailey all appear on the two-deep.

"We expected even more," Nutt said. "If we hadn't gotten London Crawford, Chip Gregory, Ryan Powers (hurt), we would have.

"There's still time though."

Norton, who just started practicing last week after some issues getting through the NCAA clearinghouse, is listed as co-second team left cornerback with Jamar Love.


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