(Advertisement)

Hogs’ offensive linemen jockeying for jobs

Posted: August 7, 2014 at 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas' Brey Cook gets set on the line of scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, during the first quarter of the game against South Carolina at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Arkansas' offensive line passed Coach Bret Bielema's eye test when the team opened practice Monday.

UA position glance

Offensive line

RETURNING STARTERS T Brey Cook, G Denver Kirkland, T Dan Skipper.

KEY LOSSES C Travis Swanson, T David Hurd

WHO’S BACK C Mitch Smothers, G Luke Charpentier, T Grady Ollison, T Austin Beck, G Johnathan McClure, T Chris Stringer, G Reeve Koehler, G Marcus Danenhauer, C Adam Deacon

WHO’S NEW G Cameron Jefferson, C Frank Ragnow, G Sebastian Tretola, T Brian Wallace.

WALK-ONS Johnny Gibson, Jackson Hannah

ANALYSIS Despite the loss of Swanson, a four-year starter, the line probably is stronger with the recruiting done by assistant coach Sam Pittman, who has signed national recruits in Kirkland (from Florida), Skipper (from Colorado) and Ragnow (from Minnesota). Cook has taken over as the group’s leader and is entrenched at tackle after starting at guard the first part of last season. Kirkland has lost 20 pounds, Skipper has gained 25, and both should be much improved after being thrown into the starting lineup as true freshmen. Ragnow will challenge Smothers at center and Jefferson, a three-year starter at UNLV, will challenge Charpentier at guard.

This story is only available from our archives.

(Advertisement)



« Previous Story

Tiger's back with mind on winning

Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson has said he wants Tiger Woods on the team this year if Woods is healthy and playing well, but Watson avoided questions about Woods’ chances Wednesday.

Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship. Read »

Next Story »

Works of interned artist now have home, son s...

Frank Sata (left) speaks of his father’s art as a historical record of their time in a World War II internment camp in Arkansas during an event Wednesday at the Ron Robinson Theater. David Stricklin (right), manager of the Butler Center, moderates the event.

Though the barracks are gray and still, the sky above them is on fire. Read »