3-And-Out: Wright, Bequette 'Move' To Linebacker; Defense Searches For Depth At End

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 8:24 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Monday’s Arkansas football practice…

I. ‘Dream Come True’
Tenarius Wright came to Arkansas as a linebacker. He played the position throughout high school and admits he felt a tinge of disappointment at the time when coaches switched him to defensive end.

Wright is still a defensive end, but he’s getting an opportunity to play some “linebacker” in one of the Razorbacks’ defensive packages. Wright and Jake Bequette are playing some off the line, giving Arkansas a bigger presence against the run.

“It’s really like a dream come true,” Wright said. “I love playing linebacker.”

Bequette has enjoyed his time at “linebacker” as well.

“I like it a lot. I think it’s a good thing to kind of showcase our versatility, guys like Tank and I,” Bequette said. “We get to stand up drop in coverage and also come off the edge in some blitz situations.”

A five-man front is something Arkansas did a bit last year. Demario Ambrose was the “linebacker” in the package last season.

II. Going Deep
Defensive end appears to be a position of strength for the Razorbacks at first-glance. Jake Bequette returns as a fourth-year starter and Tenarius Wright has been a very productive backup.

But stop and think about what the Razorbacks have beyond those two. It’s not nearly as much depth as position coach Steve Caldwell would like, particularly with Colton Miles-Nash now working at tight end.

Sophomore Chris Smith figures to get some playing time. D.D. Jones is working at end some after spending time on the interior.

“We’re trying to get D.D., obviously, where he can help us because we don’t have anybody else,” Caldwell said. “Still, those freshmen are still so far away. There’s no way you can count them in the numbers right now as depth. I think we’re good with our first three guys and I think D.D. will be ok once he learns to play that position.“

III. Mutually Beneficial
Cornerbacks Isaac Madison and Darius Winston split time at the same position in the spring. Both were good enough to start, but coaches felt pitting them against each other could be beneficial.

 

 

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