Nutt Disappointed By Harrison's Arrest

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Marcus Harrison will not be allowed to practice or be involved in any team activities as part of his suspension following his arrest on a felony drug charge, coach Houston Nutt said Monday.

In his first public comments since Harrison's arrest late Friday night, Nutt said he was "very disappointed" in the senior, who was busted only a few hours after Nutt cautioned his players about making smart decisions over the weekend.

"We spend a lot of time talking about decision-making, especially (to) one of our seniors, one of our older guys," Nutt said. "So (it's) very, very disappointing and that's where the rest of our seniors and our guys have done a good job of stepping up."

Harrison has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest Friday night, in which a Fayetteville police officer found two marijuana cigars and an Ecstasy pill in the player's possession.

Harrison will not play Saturday night when Arkansas opens the season against Troy University in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. And Nutt said Monday he hasn't determined how long the senior's suspension will last.

"We've got to get more information on what's going on in the legal system," Nutt said. "Right now, I don't have any attention, any energy or decision-making time on that subject whatsoever."

In the meantime, senior Chris Wade will make his first career start against Troy, filling in for Harrison at left defensive end.

Sophomore Adrian Davis will line up as the starting right defensive end, with junior Antwain Robinson as his backup.

Wade has been slowed by a concussion suffered during preseason practice, but Arkansas athletic trainer Dean Weber said Monday that Wade should be fine to play Saturday.

"He seems to be OK," Weber said.

Before suffering the concussion, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Wade had impressed Nutt with his size and ability to burst through the line of scrimmage in practice.

"He did a great job of being physical. He disrupted the line of scrimmage. He was in the backfield very quick," Nutt said. "(He) had a lot of confidence. He's strong — until the concussion.

"Since then, he hadn't been the same, but hopefully this week he'll get back."

Harrison's arrest on the felony drug charge — as well as on misdemeanor charges of speeding and failure to appear — came as a surprise to Arkansas' coaches and players.

The Little Rock native had impressed coaches with his ability to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during the first week of spring practice. He also had made a smooth transition from defensive tackle to defensive end during preseason camp.

"It was a big shocker to me and to the team as well because you never want to hear that about not just a fellow senior but anyone that is playing sports and anyone on your team," Arkansas cornerback Matterral Richardson said of Harrison's arrest.

"But it happened, so we're just trying to move on and make the best out of the situation, learn from our mistakes and come closer as a team and get ready for Saturday's game."

Cleveland To Get Another Opinion

Arkansas tight end Ben Cleveland will meet with a specialist in Little Rock today to try to determine the cause of the pain in his neck and shoulder, Arkansas athletic trainer Dean Weber said Monday.

Cleveland has missed much of preseason practice because of the injury, which has been described as a neck stinger.

"This is not a simple case," Weber said.

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