Redshirts for Sophomores Possible

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino played 16 true freshman in 2008. But if Petrino has his way, not all of those freshmen will be on the field once again this fall.

Petrino would like to redshirt some members of a large sophomore class. He said the move would help Arkansas even out its classes, which have been skewed the past few seasons.

"There's 23 guys in it," Petrino said of the sophomores. "And there's a number of them sitting there with a redshirt possibility.

"If you have that opportunity to redshirt one, numbers wise, I would be encouraged to do that."

Finding players to redshirt might not be easy. Sophomores like Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Elton Ford, Zach Stadther, Jarius Wright and Tramain Thomas played as true freshmen in 2008, but are expected to shoulder larger roles in 2009.

Possibilities could come from Arkansas' crowded backfield, which includes sophomores Dennis Johnson and De'Anthony Curtis. Petrino was asked if any running backs would redshirt this season and he said it's "something you consider."

"What you'd like to do is have 17 to 18 guys in each class," Petrino said. "Then you have guys going out, guys coming in at the same time. Right now we have 10 seniors. That's really not enough."

Show Him

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett may be the frontrunner for the starting spot, but Petrino isn't ready to hand him the job.

Petrino said every day is an evaluation this preseason and Mallett must perform much better before earning the job.

"It's a ‘show me' world," Petrino said. "He needs to prove it. He needs to go out there and play well."

Mallett has handled first-team reps throughout preseason camp, but is battling with Tyler Wilson for the position. Both quarterbacks have struggled at times so far this preseason.

"Both of them have a long way to go," Petrino said.

Color Change

Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada will see yellow when he attempts a field goal this season. The Razorbacks have changed the color of their field goal posts from white to yellow.

Petrino said it's something most schools have done for years, but joked that Arkansas is finally entering the "new millennium" by making the change. The yellow posts should serve as better targets for place-kickers on field goal attempts.

"It's just easier for us visually to see that target. It makes it stand out," special teams coordinator John L. Smith said. "It doesn't blend in. It's for that purpose and no other."

Captains Selected

Arkansas has elected six captains for the 2009 season.

Defensive captains are seniors Malcolm Sheppard, Adrian Davis and Wendel Davis. Offensive captains are senior Michael Smith, junior DeMarcus Love and sophomore Ryan Mallett.

"I worked hard this offseason and I guess everybody saw it," Love said. "Since they voted me captain I have to live up to it."

Injury Updates

A player believed to be OL Kareem Crowell was carted off the field Saturday. Coaches and players were not available for interviews, so the reason for Crowell's departure was not known. ... DE Damario Ambrose worked with the first-team defense in place of Jake Bequette for a portion of practice. Bequette was on the sideline with what appeared to be a minor injury.

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