Fairchild Leads By Example

FAYETTEVILLE — Even though Arkansas sophomore linebacker Freddie Fairchild is out for the season with a knee injury, he continues to inspire his teammates.

Hogs defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said Wednesday, "Losing Freddie is a big blow to the team, but let me tell you about one of the most incredible scenes I've seen in 25 years of coaching.

"He tore his anterior cruciate ligament (early against Utah State), but didn't know it. He got taped and didn't complain. He wanted to go back in."

Arkansas' coaches didn't know the extent of Fairchild's injury at the time either.

"It's one of the most courageous things I've ever seen," Herring said. "There was one cut block, and he's limping on one leg. He comes off it, fends off another cut block, lays out and dives on the pile.

"It gets you inside. That's what the game is all about. I'll never forget it as long as I live. Our players appreciate Freddie's effort."

Now, if three freshman reserve linebackers can just come along to provide depth behind starters Sam Olajubutu, Weston Dacus and Desmond Sims...

"We want (freshmen Adrian Davis, Wendel Davis and Ryan Powers) to rest the starters five to eight snaps per half," Herring said. "I don't know that any coach in the country wants to use freshmen. In reality, very few are ready. But it seems to be a pattern or trend — some freshmen have to play. We've gotta be patient; it's all we have."

Adrian Davis played 15 snaps against Utah State and Wendel Davis played 14.

"They did OK and they'll do a lot better," Herring said. "They're going to make mistakes, but they'll dive in head-first. God bless 'em, they'll give it everything. Powers will back up 'Butu this week."

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