Bainbridge Reunion

Arkansas offensive lineman Ray Dominguez and defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard will see a couple of former high school teammates on the field when Georgia visits the Razorbacks on Saturday night.

There's probably not very many college football players who circle games on their schedule - at least games that are three years down the line.

But University of Arkansas offensive lineman and Georgia native Ray Dominguez did just that along with Razorback defensive lineman and Bainbridge High teammate Malcolm Sheppard.

That game is finally here – the Razorbacks hosting Georgia Saturday night in a 6:45 p.m. contest at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"I circled it on my calendar because I am telling you when I signed here, I started looking forward to it right away and so did Malcolm," Dominguez said. "We have two of our teammates who play for Georgia and we have played against a lot of those guys on that team during high.

"With it being on ESPN and everybody watching back home – well, it doesn't get any better than that," Dominguez added.

Dominguez (6-4, 329) and Sheppard both played at Bainbridge High as did a pair of Georgia linebackers – junior Darryl Gamble (6-2, 250) and sophomore Nick Williams.

"The starting middle linebacker is Darryl Gamble, who is one of my best friends and somebody I have known since the second grade," Dominguez said. "We go way back and we talk every week. We haven't talked any this week because we are both getting focused for the game and don't want any distractions.

"The other guy is Nick Williams and he also plays linebacker," Dominguez added. "We all know each other very well and are all really looking forward to it."

Dominguez will be on the field at the same time as the Georgia duo.

"Yes, I am going to be looking for them to get some hits in and get our team some big plays," Dominguez said. "I know they will be going hard, too."

The fact that it is a night game in Fayetteville adds even more according to Dominguez.

"I am telling you, at night Fayetteville is rocking," Dominguez said. "That is one the biggest reasons I came to Arkansas. This place at night is as loud as it gets anywhere in the SEC."

Dominguez fought through ankle injuries during preseason camp and finally got healthy enough to take his starting spot back from Grant Freeman (6-7, 298) before the season-opening win over Missouri State.

The two both saw time at weak tackle in the opener as did true freshman Anthony Oden (6-8, 328).

"Grant stepped in and did a real good job and as you can see we had a real good rotation going at weak tackle," Dominguez said. "That just proves that we have got depth on this team. If I go down, Grant will be able to step right in. We have depth this year. Even Anthony is ready to get some action."

Dominguez believes Arkansas is finally getting some much needed depth in its offensive line.

"Every since I have been here we have only played six or seven guys in that rotation," Dominguez said. "No we have got more depth and have 10 or so guys who are getting it done. And we have some talented freshmen behind them."

That's not to say that Dominguez was totally pleased with how the O-line played throughout the 48-10 win over the Bears.

"(Too many) missed assignments," Dominguez said. "A lot of people see sacks, a lot of people see dropped balls, a lot of people see missed routes and see missed touchdowns, but don't see our mistakes.

"But this is our second year as a group and as an offense," Dominguez said. "Our receivers, quarterbacks and offensive linemen – we are on those missed assignments right now so we will be up to speed."

No one has been able to run on Georgia in its first two games, but Dominguez says Arkansas relishes the challenge.

"We could be and that is how we are looking at it," Dominguez said. "I am telling you that we have got running backs for days. We have got about 20 running backs back there so they are going to be fresh. So it is really on us to get a push on them. It has been tough because their front seven is pretty good."





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