Razorback Watch

FIRST DOWN: Crawford Could Redshirt Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said there's a chance wide receiver London Crawford could redshirt the season, depending on how quickly he recovers from a broken collarbone.

Crawford is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to repair his broken right collarbone. He suffered the injury after catching two passes for 44 yards in a 48-10 rout of Missouri State in Saturday's season opener.

Though he's a senior, Crawford hasn't used his redshirt since arriving at Arkansas as a highly touted freshman in 2006. He could sit out this season and still have one year of eligibility remaining.

"That's a possibility. We all talked about that and a lot of that will depend on how fast he heals," Petrino said Thursday when asked about redshirting Crawford. "But with him having the redshirt available, that's a positive for him and us."

Meanwhile, Petrino is hoping that wide receiver Lucas Miller, who has been sidelined since breaking his collarbone in preseason camp, will be able to soon return to the field.

Petrino, who also serves as Arkansas' wide receivers coach, said the "best scenario" is that Miller will be cleared to play in the Sept. 26 game at fourth-ranked Alabama.

The worst-case scenario, according to Petrino, would be for the senior to return the following week (Oct. 3) when Arkansas faces Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic in Arlington Texas.


• With injuries taking a toll on Arkansas' wide receiving corp, senior Reggie Fish will likely see more playing time than he did in Saturday's season-opening win over Missouri State. He caught one pass for 8 yards.

"Fish will play more," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "He's got to do a good job and then some guys just got to play more snaps."

• Arkansas' players will lift weights today and then take off Saturday, which will be their only open date of the season. They're expected to regroup Sunday for team meetings.

"I'm going to do as little as possible, and I'm excited," Arkansas free safety Matt Harris about his plans for the weekend.

• Arkansas' running backs, wide receivers and tight ends didn't drop any passes in the season opener, a major feat considering their struggles holding onto the ball over the past few years.

"That's the first time it's happened since we've been here," Petrino said.


Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has said that he would've liked to have had the team's only open date later in the season.

The schedule didn't work out that way, though.

With no opponent to face on Saturday, Arkansas spent a portion of this week preparing for their Sept. 19 game against No. 21 Georgia in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"We tried to take great advantage of (the open week). We worked hard," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "We took a couple formations a day of what we wanted to do against Georgia and worked hard. I think our kids understand it."

In addition, Arkansas studied film of the Bulldogs, who are the first of five ranked opponents the Razorbacks will face this season. Following the open date, the Hogs will play 11 consecutive games.

"Definitely it's put us ahead in knowing what (the Bulldogs) do," Paul Petrino said. "... We've tried to make it a big positive."

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