Hogs Make Several Defensive Changes

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas' defensive coaches have reshuffled their starting lineup several times over the past few weeks.

They did it again Tuesday.

Senior Marcus Harrison, who struggled in Saturday's 42-29 loss to Kentucky, has been moved from starting defensive end to backup defensive tackle. He's currently listed as sophomore Malcolm Sheppard's backup at left tackle.

Harrison played defensive tackle before Arkansas' coaches decided to move the 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior to defensive end during preseason camp. But the move didn't go as smoothly as expected.

"I just think that's his natural position. He's a (defensive) tackle, and we decided to make that move and feel good about it," Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker said Tuesday. "He's an inside guy, and that's where we're going to leave him."

Harrison has only three tackles in three games, and he struggled while making his first start at defensive end against Kentucky.

"We just feel like he's going to give us more production there (at defensive tackle)," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said.

Sophomore Adrian Davis has replaced Harrison as the starting defensive end opposite junior Antwain Robinson.

Meanwhile, junior Ernest Mitchell has reclaimed his starting defensive tackle job after being suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky. He was given a one-game suspension after throwing a helmet in the face of Alabama offensive guard Justin Britt.

"Glad to have Ernest back," Rocker said. "He's remorseful for what he did, and he's trying to move forward with it."

Meanwhile, junior Elston Forte has replaced redshirt freshman Ryan Powers as the starting weakside linebacker.



Danny Nutt Ruling

The Southeastern Conference office said Tuesday that former Arkansas running backs coach Danny Nutt could not sit in the coaches box during a game.

During ESPN2's coverage of Kentucky's win over Arkansas on Saturday, Nutt could be seen in the coaches box with a headset on.

The SEC office said that Nutt couldn't be in the coaches box or in the team area of the sidelines. But he could watch the game from the press box or the sidelines, as long as it wasn't near the team's benches.

"A dialogue began last week with the SEC, and they informed us of their interpretation of (the situation)," said Kevin Trainor, Arkansas' associate athletic director. "Obviously, we'll go with that and do what they've suggested with Danny."

The SEC will not punish Arkansas for Nutt being in the coaches box during Saturday's loss.

Nutt, the younger brother of Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, resigned in July because of recurring bleeding from his brain stem.

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