Tuck Surprised To Be Named A Starter

FAYETTEVILLE -- Freshman wide receiver Crosby Tuck admitted he didn't have any expectations when he arrived on Arkansas' campus this summer.

He wasn't sure if he was going to redshirt the season or get a little bit of playing time. But he certainly didn't expect to be named the starting split end after the second game of the season.

"No, I wouldn't have expected that at all," the former Shiloh Christian star said Tuesday.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt named Tuck a starting wide receiver on Monday, two days after the freshman caught his second touchdown pass of 40 yards or more on the season.

Tuck replaces sophomore London Crawford, who was demoted despite leading the Razorbacks with three catches for 47 yards in last Saturday's 41-38 loss at Alabama.

Crawford also fumbled the football without being touched after making a big catch. Tuck, meanwhile, had one catch that led to a 40-yard touchdown.

"You don't expect that going in, to have two catches for two touchdowns. But it's been cool so far," Tuck said. "So we're going to see what we can do against Kentucky."

When asked what factors played into the decision to start Tuck over Crawford, Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee simply said, "His performance in the last game."

Crawford apparently didn't take the news well. Lee said the sophomore struggled during Arkansas' 90-minute practice Tuesday afternoon.

"Today was a rough day for him. I've seen it happen before. It's that way, you don't come out of a game like he did the other day with a lot of confidence," Lee said. "But you work your way through it."

Lee said senior Robert Johnson will start at flanker against No. 21 Kentucky on Saturday. He replaces junior Reggie Fish, who dropped a pass that could have led to a touchdown against Alabama.

Arkansas' coaches have tried to find consistency at the wide receiver position while senior Marcus Monk recovers from his second arthroscopic knee surgery. They've had no luck so far.

It's uncertain when Monk will be able to return to the field.

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