September 23rd, 2011 11:17 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas
Tags: Jake Bequette, New Mexico, Sophomore Chris Smith, Trent Richardson
Facing one of the best running back tandems in the country, Arkansas will be without an All-SEC D-lineman when it travels to Tuscaloosa tomorrow.
Razorback senior defensive end Jake Bequette won’t play against Alabama due to a hamstring injury. Bobby Petrino made the announcement yesterday following his team’s practice. Bequette injured his hamstring two weeks ago during the Hogs’ game with New Mexico and has not played since.
“It’s unfortunate,” Petrino told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “He made huge improvement throughout the whole week but he didn’t quite get ready to practice. I’m encouraged, though, with home much improvement he made… It’s really hard for him. He hasn’t missed games is a guy that works out year-round, and is in great physical shape. But the hamstring needs to heal before he can get back out there.”
Sophomore Chris Smith will start in Bequette’s stead, as he did last week against Troy.
“I thought he did a good job,” Petrino said. “He got a nice sack and played real hard. His athleticism really showed up and his ability to change directions and run down the line. He didn’t always make the play but didn’t allow a cutback or a place for the running back to run.”
He’ll need to be on top of his game against the Crimson Tide. Bama is the only team in the country with two backs who each average 100 yards per game (Trent Richardson at 105 and Eddie Lacy at 101).
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