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SEC Headlines – 1/31/12 Part Two

1.  This writer thinks an early signing period could’ve “reduced the drama” in Alabama’s recruitment of Landon Collins.

2.  Arkansas would like a big performance from Michael Sanchez tonight against Vandy.

3.  This writer says Mississippi State’s stars are playing too many minutes and it’s going to catch up with them… if it hasn’t already.

4.  Ole Miss freshman Jelan Kendrick is starting to find his comfort level.

5.  The NCAA continues to mull over changes to its enforcement plan.

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Powell Likely Out Tonight

Arkansas
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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell isn’t dressed out in warm-ups tonight and it doesn’t appear the sophomore will play in the game against Florida Gulf Coast. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Powell ran with a limp for much of the second half in last Thursday’s win over Grambling State. He suffered a broken foot in August and played sparingly in one of the team’s two exhibition games.

Arkansas is also without forward Michael Sanchez, who will miss most – if not all – of the nonconference season with a foot injury.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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All-Nighter Inspires Coach, Team

Arkansas
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FAYETTEVILLE - All-nighters aren’t uncommon for college students, but not even the late study sessions could compare to Delvon Johnson’s rough Wednesday night.

A little more than 24 hours prior to the first game of his senior season, Johnson went down hard on the final play of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. It was so severe he needed to be carried off the floor.

What the Chicago native did next defined the character Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey loves about his team this year.

“That young man went and got an X-ray and literally stayed here all night last night,” Pelphrey said following Arkansas’ 75-52 win over Grambling State. “He and (trainer) Dave (England) were here all night. They didn’t leave at midnight; they were here all night. They slept here and every two hours Dave got up and treated that kid, who had to be carried off the floor.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for that. I don’t know if we could have performed as well as we did without him. We lost Michael Sanchez the day before and Marshawn Powell is obviously not 100 percent, so it was a tough night for the ball coach last night because I didn’t know who was going to be able to play.”

Not only did Johnson play, he played well in his first action as the starting man in the middle. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and added 5 blocked shots in the win.

“He had a lot of energy,” Arkansas forward Glenn Bryant said. “It felt like he had about eight blocks out there and I was like, ‘Woah!’ He played great defense and had a lot of energy. When you do that things are going to happen.”

Pelphrey said he had a moment of panic when Johnson came limping off the floor late in the contest.

“I asked him, ‘Did you turn your ankle again? Did you tweak it?’” Pelphrey said. “He said, ‘No, I got a cramp.’ I guess by them staying here last night they should have pushed him some fluids.

“People ask me all the time how I feel about these guys and I like these guys. That’s pretty cool for a kid to want to play that bad and a guy to stay here and treat him like that. That’s a special feat.”

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Basketball Media Day Notes

Arkansas
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Arkansas is holding its annual preseason basketball media day today at Bud Walton Arena. Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey just wrapped up and we’re about to go speak to the players, but before we do here are a few notes to pass along:

- Pelphrey said Marshawn Powell is practicing on a limited basis as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered in August. Pelphrey said Powell’s status for the Nov. 6 exhibition against LeMoyne Owen is unknown. “We’re focusing more on the season opener (in those terms),” Pelphrey said.

- Suspended guard Rotnei Clarke has taken practice time at point guard, Pelphrey said, as Jeff Peterson continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Clarke is suspended through the next exhibition game for a violation of team rules. Pelphrey said he is looking forward to Peterson – a transfer from Iowa – returning. “He is kind of a liasion between the coach and the floor.”

- Pelphrey said Michael Sanchez is “more trim” and a “better player” than he was prior to his plantar fasciitis that forced him to miss most of last season.

We will have much more from media day later this afternoon.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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