Practice Report

FIRST DOWN Arkansas' depth at cornerback will be tested after the Razorbacks lost junior Isaac Madison to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Arkansas confirmed Monday that Madison, who was injured during Saturday's scrimmage, is expected to undergo surgery in the near future and will miss the 2009 season.

"It is unfortunate since Isaac had been working extremely hard during the offseason," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement released by the school. "Isaac played really well in the spring and had a good summer for us. He was developing into a leader."

Madison started 11 games at cornerback last season, recording 36 tackles and one interception. He became the second player lost during preseason camp. Tight end Chris Gragg dislocated his ankle last week.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson wasn't available for comment Monday, but sophomore Greg Gatson continued to work in Madison's place with the first-team defense. Gatson, who redshirted the 2008 season, played in one game as a true freshman in 2007.

Arkansas also has other options at the position in Rudell Crim, Jerell Norton, Andru Stewart, David Gordon and Darius Winston.



TWO-MINUTE DRILL

• WR London Crawford, DT Alfred Davis and TE Joseph Henry did not practice Monday because of injuries. Also, QB Brandon Mitchell returned after missing last week because of a death in his family.

• OT Grant Freeman continued to work with the first team in place of returning starter Ray Dominguez. Dominguez, who missed time with an ankle injury last week, is on a second-team line that included Wade Grayson, Matt Hall, Kareem Crowell and Travis Swanson on Monday.

"He's playing hard," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said of Freeman. "So right now that's how this world works and he's with the ones."

• Petrino was impressed with the way RB Broderick Green responded to a challenge during the scrimmage. Green got the ball on six straight plays late in the practice, helping the offense score a touchdown.

"In the fourth quarter when we have a lead, if we can just pound them, pound them, pound them, kill the body and the mind will go," Petrino said. "That's what coach was working on right there. That's a big guy to tackle when you get tired, if you just keep pounding them."

• Linebacker Jerry Franklin appeared to regain his first-team spot Monday. Franklin, who scrimmaged with the second team during Saturday's scrimmage, worked with the first-team defense alongside teammates Wendel Davis and Freddy Burton.



INSIDE SCOOP

Colton Nash was moved from defensive end to tight end last week after Chris Gragg went down with a season-ending injury. So junior D.J. Williams can only imagine what Nash is going through as he takes a crash course in coach Bobby Petrino's offense.

"To pick up an offense like this in two, three days is almost impossible," Williams said.

The actual running and catching part is no problem for Nash, who said he played some tight end and receiver in high school. Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Nash has a good future there, too.

But right now his head is swimming with routes, plays and responsibilities. For instance, Arkansas was on its 12th day of offensive installation Monday and Nash said he's still trying to perfect Day 1.

"You have two things in your head," Nash said. "Defense. Then offense. It's kind of difficult, but I'm just trying my best."

The late arrival doesn't protect Nash from being yelled at like a veteran, though. The tight end ran the wrong route during one play in Arkansas' practice and received an earful from his position coach.

Nash shrugged it off after practice and said it's all part of the transition.

In his mind: "You've got to be a player. You've got to learn."

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