Fayetteville, Ark. – After the loss to Mississippi State on Saturday Arkansas is no longer playing for a bowl berth but for personal pride and perhaps the role of season spoiler for the LSU Tigers.
The Razorbacks have an opportunity to put a cap on an otherwise rough 2012 college football season if they can manage a Senior Day victory over BCS ranked No. 7 LSU (9-2) on Friday.
When the Hogs take the field on Friday they will be playing without senior tight end Chris Gragg. Gragg has been ruled out for Friday’s game due to a lingering leg injury that has cost him to miss either all or parts of the Razorbacks’ last eight games.
Gragg ends his Arkansas career with 72 receptions for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns. Statistically his best season was during the 2011 season when he took over for NFL departed D.J. Williams when he posted 41 catches for 518 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns.
When healthy Gragg was near unstoppable especially playing with Tyler Wilson under center. In two games fully healthy Gragg had 14 catches for 193 yards with two scores.
Arkansas will get two previously suspended players back into the rotation when junior wide receiver Brandon Mitchell and senior linebacker Terrell Williams return. Mitchell has been suspended for the last four games for reasons that have not been made clear to the general public. Williams was suspended for the past two games after being arrested for DUI on Nov. 4.
Defensive end Miles Colton-Nash is considered questionable against LSU. Nash was injured during Arkansas’ game against Mississippi State.
Jeff Long’s position with the Arkansas Razorbacks appears to be on solid ground despite the football team’s current 4-7 record. Long’s pay as athletic director was bumped up over the weekend to $500,000 with an extra $250,000 from the Razorback Foundation. He is to receive a one-time $50,000 bonus with the possibility of earning another $250,000 in bonuses based on graduation rates and personal performance as athletic director.