Backup Quarterback Named

The competition between Nathan Dick and Tyler Wilson for Arkansas' backup quarterback job has been settled for now.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday that Dick, a redshirt freshman, will get the nod as the backup behind starting quarterback Casey Dick, his older brother.

Nathan Dick and Wilson had been going back and forth in practice over the past few weeks, and as of Monday, they were both listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. But Petrino said Dick would come in if needed in Saturday's season opener against Western Illinois.

It's uncertain if Wilson, a Greenwood High graduate, will play or redshirt his freshman season.

"Nathan would go in first and then you always have a decision to make of where we feel like Tyler is — whether you try to hold onto that redshirt, whether you say let's play him, get him experience," Petrino said following Thursday's shortened practice. "We really have got some work to do on that decision so far."



More Change

Petrino refused to say whether he has made any more changes to the depth chart he released Monday. But he admitted there is a chance that weakside linebacker Ryan Powers could play, adding some much-needed depth to the position.

Powers has been slowed down by a strained right hamstring suffered early in preseason camp, and he was left off the depth chart.

"It looks like there is a chance that Powers might be available for some work," Petrino said. "He hasn't gotten many reps, but there is one situation where (in) a certain personnel group he might get into the game."



Hello Pay-Per-View

Those Arkansas fans who don't plan to attend the Hogs' Sept. 6 game against Louisiana-Monroe in War Memorial Stadium will be able to pay to watch it.

The university announced Thursday that the ULM game will be available on pay-per-view for $34.99. Cable systems in Arkansas and Louisiana will carry the game, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Thursday's announcement breaks a longstanding policy by former Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles of not making games available on pay-per-view. But Jeff Long has supported the change since replacing Broyles on Jan. 1.

Arkansas associate athletic director Kevin Trainor said Thursday that there is a chance that other games could be shown on pay-per-view.



Holder Change

Arkansas strong safety Matt Harris and wide receiver Reggie Fish have taken turns holding for kicker Alex Tejada on field goals and extra points. But the coaches have decided to try someone else.

Senior Jeremy Davis will hold for Tejada as well as continue his role as Arkansas' punter.

Arkansas defensive ends coach Kirk Botkin, who oversees the special teams, said naming Davis as Tejada's holder was a natural decision.

"When you put Jeremy Davis as holder, they get to work with each other all day," Botkin said. "... So the more that they can work with each other and jell together, the better they're going to be."

Harris and Fish were limited in how much time they could spend working with Tejada because they had their primary positions to focus on during practice.

The Razorbacks have had some trouble with their timing on kicks during the preseason, causing Tejada to miss on a few field-goal attempts. So has the change with Davis helped get the timing down?

"We're getting it. We're still working with it," Botkin said. "But we'll get it before Saturday."



Say What?

Petrino was asked Thursday whether he feels the large number of freshmen who will make their debuts on Saturday night are prepared to play in front of a big crowd in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"They've never been in front of 74,000 people before, but they've got an extra pair of pants just in case something happens in warm-ups," Petrino joked. "I think they'll be all right. We'll get them to game time. I think once the kickoff goes and they can get their first hit, they'll be in good shape."

At least they have a change of clothes if not.

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