Mitchell Suspended For Kentucky Game

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive tackle Ernest Mitchell will miss more playing time because of his brief lapse in judgment.

Mitchell has been suspended for Saturday's game against No. 21 Kentucky for throwing a helmet in the face of Alabama offensive guard Justin Britt, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Monday.

Mitchell was ejected with around nine minutes left in last Saturday's 41-38 loss at Alabama for striking Britt in the face with his own helmet.

Mitchell would have been suspended for only the first half against Kentucky under NCAA rules. But Nutt said the junior's act was so "inappropriate" that he decided to make it a full-game suspension.

"I'm extremely disappointed in his reaction to the situation," Nutt said in a statement released through the university. "There is no excuse for that type of behavior."

Nutt said he made the decision to suspend Mitchell after speaking with Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive.

Senior Fred Bledsoe is listed as the starting right tackle in Mitchell's place, but Nutt said junior Marcus Shavers and freshman Patrick Jones will also get some consideration.

Tuck Named A Starter

Freshman wide receiver Crosby Tuck has been moved into the starting lineup after making a big touchdown catch for the second consecutive game.

The former Shiloh Christian star will replace sophomore London Crawford as the starting split end for Saturday's game against Kentucky.

"He'll start this week, and we'll get him of course a lot more snaps and he'll hopefully continue to get better," Nutt said of Tuck. "He's doing a good job, and we're going to get him more snaps this week."

Tuck impressed Arkansas' coaches during preseason practice with his ability to get off the line of scrimmage and make tough catches in between defenders.

Though he's only a freshman, Tuck leads the Razorbacks with two touchdown receptions. He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in a 46-26 win over Troy University in the Sept. 1 season opener.

He followed that up with a 40-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Casey Dick in last Saturday's 41-38 loss at Alabama.

Crawford led the Razorbacks with three catches for 47 yards against the Crimson Tide, but he also fumbled on a long reception without being touched.

Crawford is listed as Tuck's backup at split end. Junior Reggie Fish and senior Robert Johnson are listed as co-starters at flanker.

McFadden Update

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden said Monday he's feeling "pretty good" two days after suffering a slight concussion toward the end of Saturday's loss at Alabama.

McFadden was forced to watch the end of the game because of the concussion. He wanted to get back in, but Arkansas athletic trainer Dean Weber decided against it.

McFadden said he feels confident that he'll be ready to face Kentucky on Saturday night.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I'm not really concerned about whether I'll be able to play or not because I feel like I'm going to be able to play," McFadden said.

Under Review

Nutt said Monday he had a video tape of the controversial pass interference call against Arkansas free safety Kevin Woods sent to the SEC offices.

The pass interference call gave Alabama a first down and moved the football to the 13 with 33 seconds remaining. The Crimson Tide scored three plays later on a 4-yard touchdown catch with eight seconds left.

"You just want the players to decide the game," Nutt said. "That's just what my whole thing was, just send it in, let (the SEC officials) see it. It just didn't look like much was there (to call a penalty)."

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