Monk Wants To Play This Season

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver Marcus Monk could be ready to play against Ole Miss. Then again, he might not.

But one thing is clear: He's planning to play more this year.

Monk's immediate status remained uncertain after the Razorbacks first day of preparation for Saturday's game at Ole Miss. While he may have been limited in his work on the practice field, coach Houston Nutt said the senior doesn't have any intentions of sitting out the rest of the season.

"He wants to play," Nutt said. "He doesn't want to redshirt. He wants to play. So he's going to do everything he can to be on the field Saturday."

Monk is rehabilitating a right knee injury, which forced him to miss the first five games. He made his season debut when he stepped on the field for the second play Saturday, but it was the only action he saw in the 9-7 loss to Auburn.

When asked if he planned to see more of Monk against the Rebels, Nutt said, "I hope so. I hope so."

But offensive coordinator David Lee wasn't as optimistic.

"We're pushing Marcus what we can," Lee said. "But I just don't think he's quite ready right now. He may be in the next 72 hours, but just looking at him (Tuesday) I don't think he's quite ready."

Lee asked Monk if he wanted to go one-on-one against defensive backs during one portion of practice, but the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder declined. He said Monk is still having trouble "putting his foot in the ground and getting out of the cut and separating still." Lee said he's not running routes at full speed.

But the Rebels are still hoping he can return to help an offense coming off the 193-yard effort against Auburn. Monk has grabbed a school-record 24 touchdown passes and is fourth in receiving yards and sixth in receptions. He scored two touchdowns in his first trip to Oxford in 2005.

Monk wasn't made available to the media Tuesday, but quarterback Casey Dick said the receiver will provide a big lift to the Razorbacks whenever he gets back on the field.

"He's been working hard," Dick said. "He's been up here about two hours every day before practice doing some rehab just trying to get that thing back to where he needs to be."

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