Nutt Releases Razorback's Spring Depth Chart
Junior Casey Dick had the starting quarterback job already locked up. Wide receiver Marcus Monk was regarded as the Razorbacks' primary target. And there was no doubt that Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden would get the first carries at running back. But a few slight changes were noticeable Wednesday when Arkansas coach Houston Nutt released his post-spring depth chart. Junior Jeremy Davis is no longer listed as the first-team placekicker after struggling with his accuracy last season. The Fort Smith native has taken over as the starting punter, but junior Brian Vavra has assumed the kicking duties for now. But the depth chart could change again in the fall when former Springdale High kicker Alex Tejada starts practicing. Tejada is considered the favorite to win the kicking job next season. "We have a lot of high hopes on Alex Tejada, but he's going to have to go out there and compete. And he knows that," Nutt said. "It will be a good race. We'll see what happens." Sophomore London Crawford is listed as the first-team flanker along with senior Robert Johnson. Sophomore Adrian Davis, who was moved from linebacker during the spring, is currently the backup left defensive end behind sophomore Malcolm Sheppard. Meanwhile, senior Fred Bledsoe has moved up the depth chart after shedding his underachiever tag and impressing Arkansas' coaches with his effort during spring practices. He's listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle behind senior Marcus Harrison. "He's never been this high; (he's) never been in the two-deep since he's been here," Nutt said of Bledsoe. "That's real positive." Harrison managed to keep his starting job despite missing most of the spring after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice. He's expected to be healthy in time for the Sept. 1 season opener against Troy University at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Heading into the spring, Arkansas had to find replacements for three starting offensive linemen. More changes were needed on the defensive side of the ball after losing several key players, including defensive end Jamaal Anderson, weakside linebacker Sam Olajubutu and cornerback Chris Houston. But for the most part, Arkansas' coaches knew which players were going to fill the holes and be penciled in as starters heading into the fall.
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