Dacus, The "Old Guy," Given The Day Off

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Old Guy simply needed a break.

Arkansas' coaches decided to give starting middle linebacker Weston Dacus the day off Wednesday to let him rest his sore body.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Dacus has "a little bit of everything," but the senior is expected to be ready to play at 7 p.m. Saturday when the Razorbacks host No. 23 South Carolina.

"All's it is is the old guy needs some rest. He's played more snaps than anybody on defense this year," Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said of the 22-year-old Dacus. "It was a decision, 'Hey, let's rest the old guy. Let's give him a rest today.'"

Nutt said Dacus will likely get a little bit of work in practice today, but the coaches decided it was best to take some of the load off the Searcy native for at least one day.

"(It's) just that time of year, just holding him, just going to rest him a little bit," Nutt said. "(He's) just sore, but he'll be ready to go."

Herring said in mid-October that he wanted to use sophomore Wendel Davis more in games because Dacus was getting "worn down" by the amount of snaps he had been getting.

Dacus is one of only three Arkansas defensive players who has started all eight games this season, and he ranks second on the Razorbacks with 69 tackles. He's tied for the team lead with three sacks and 41 solo tackles.

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