Nutt Lifts Harrison's Suspension

FAYETTEVILLE -- Marcus Harrison's indefinite suspension from the Arkansas football team lasted 10 days.

Coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday that the defensive end has rejoined the No. 18 Razorbacks after being suspended Aug. 25 following his arrest on a felony drug charge and several misdemeanors.

Harrison was suspended for Saturday's 46-26 win over Troy University in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. But Nutt said he's not sure if the senior will play in a highly anticipated game at Alabama on Sept. 15.

Arkansas (1-0) has a bye this week.

"We'll see how that goes," Nutt said. "Right now, we'd say he's probably available, but let's just take one day at a time right now."

Nutt said Harrison must comply with a number of "in-house" conditions, though Nutt wouldn't reveal what they entailed.

"He knows the position that he's in, and he knows there is still a lot of things he must do," Nutt said. "But he's back in this family, and (must) do right."

Harrison was arrested the night of Aug. 24 after he was stopped by a Fayetteville police officer for speeding. During the traffic stop, the officer found two marijuana cigars and an Ecstasy pill in Harrison's possession.

The Little Rock native was charged with felony drug possession, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding, driving on a suspended license and not wearing his seat belt.

Harrison's arrest came only hours after he was named Arkansas' starting left defensive end. Nutt had also cautioned players on the day of Harrison's arrest that they should make smart decisions.

The senior had been banned from practicing or taking part in any team activities, but he returned to practice Tuesday evening.

"We've got to move on, and he's got his legal problems," Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker said. "And we go from there."

Nutt said he made his decision about Harrison's suspension after talking with the defensive end's family, as well as with Arkansas student life coordinator Rodger Hunter.

"After a week and after I've talked to a lot of people that know the situation and talking to Rodger Hunter and the coaches, I feel this is the best thing for him," Nutt said.

Senior Chris Wade started in Harrison's place against Troy, but he recorded only one tackle in the win.

The Razorbacks didn't get much pressure on Trojans quarterback Omar Haugabook in the first half, and their only sack came from middle linebacker Weston Dacus.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Harrison was expected to provide a spark to the defensive line before his arrest and suspension.

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