Backup Offensive Guard Quits Football
Nutt said he met with Tucker, and it was during that time that the sophomore informed Nutt of his decision to quit the Razorbacks.
"Everybody wants to play," Nutt said. "It's tough, it's going on his third year, he's a redshirt sophomore. There is a lot of competition out there, so it's tough."
Tucker, from Richardson, Texas, worked with the scout team during his freshman season in 2005, and he didn't see any action as a redshirt freshman last season.
Heading into the start of preseason practices, Tucker was listed as the third-team left guard behind junior Mitch Petrus and sophomore Michael Aguirre. But it didn't seem likely that Tucker would be able to move ahead of either player for playing time this season.
"(He's) a good young man that has done everything we've asked him to do," Nutt said of Tucker. "(I) wish him the best."
Wildcat No More
The Wildcat formation is now officially known as Wild Hog.
Nutt agreed to change the name of the formation after hearing from Arkansas fans who wanted the name to better suit the Razorbacks.
"It was important to (Nutt) and I brought it up to our staff and even mentioned it to our players," Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee said.
"Their concern was that I brought in a lot in new terminology from (the) Dallas (Cowboys), and then to change completely the terminology again. It would be something else the players would have to learn.
"If it's that important to our fans ... then we can certainly call it (Wild Hog) publicly, even if maybe at times we use the term Wildcat. We don't want anyone to get their feelings hurt."
The formation gained national attention last season because of its ability to fool defenses.
In the formation, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden lines up at quarterback, takes the direct snap and has the option to run the football, hand it off to fellow tailback Felix Jones or throw it.
Arkansas' coaches have added some new wrinkles to the formation since preseason practices began late last week, like having Jones line up at quarterback and McFadden at wide receiver.
"The signal is the same as the Wildcat, that's what's important to me. I don't care what we call it," Nutt said. "We have a lot of names, I just want to make sure that we have 11 (players) on the field."
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