Forte and Chaisson Get New Positions

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' coaches have decided to shuffle a few players around after watching the Razorbacks go through their first preseason scrimmage on Saturday.

Junior Elston Forte, who entered the start of camp as a backup strong safety has been moved to linebacker to help add depth to the position.

Forte was buried on the depth chart at safety, but he has already been named the second-team weakside linebacker behind redshirt freshman Ryan Powers.

"He is very physical. We're going to really try to get him in the mix (at linebacker)," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said following Monday's night practice. "We know he can help us on special teams."

Meanwhile, freshman Joe Chaisson worked with the wide receivers Monday after spending the first week of practice at quarterback.

Chaisson wasn't getting much work at quarterback, and the emergence of freshman Nathan Dick as the No. 3 quarterback made it easy for coaches to move the 6-foot-3 Chaisson to wide receiver.

"(We moved him) just for right now, just to see what he can do," Nutt said of Chaisson.

Davis Among Walking Wounded

Kicker Jeremy Davis was held out of practice Monday because of what Nutt described as a nerve problem in his foot.

Davis kicked well in Arkansas' first preseason scrimmage on Saturday, connecting on 7-of-8 field-goal attempts — including a 46-yarder. The Fort Smith native also averaged 43.8 yards on four punts.

But Davis visited a doctor Monday after experiencing some discomfort with his foot, and it's uncertain if he will need to miss more practice time to let it rest.

Davis is in the midst of a tight race with former Springdale High star Alex Tejada for the starting kicking job.

"We're definitely battling right now," Tejada said Monday.

Defensive ends Antwain Robinson (knee injury) and Chris Wade (face injury) continued to miss practice. Tight end Ben Cleveland was also held out because of a neck stinger suffered last week.

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