Bielema: Defensive End Austin Flynn Transferring


FAYETTEVILLE — Defensive end Austin Flynn will not be with the Arkansas football program next season.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema revealed that the senior is transferring during an appearance at the White County Razorback Club meeting in Searcy on Monday night, according to Hawgs Illustrated. Flynn was arrested last month for driving while intoxicated, but Bielema said his departure was because of academic reasons.

"There are not a lot of options for a senior," Bielema told Hawgs Illustrated. "We did everything we could for him academically. We'll help him with options."

Flynn — who is listed on Arkansas' spring roster according to the media guide released last Friday — spent one season with the Razorbacks after transferring from Los Angeles Harbor College. He recorded 10 tackles, 1 1/2 for losses, in 12 games as a reserve.

Arkansas held its first spring practice Sunday and will be on the field again Tuesday and Thursday before taking off for spring break. Bielema was not available for interviews after Sunday's practice and will not address the media in Fayetteville until Friday. However, he offered a recap of Sunday's work in Searcy.

"Everything is a surprise in a sense because you haven't seen guys work," Bielema said in an interview found on television station KNWA's website. "But the guys that we thought could run, could run well. The guys we thought could throw the ball, threw the ball well. The guys that we thought could catch it, could catch the ball well.

"I think it's always a little bit more predicated toward the defensive side of the ball in these first two practices just because you aren't allowed pads. So it's a little bit more up tempo and getting guys in the right spots. But the execution (Tuesday) should be cleaner and then Thursday we're looking for a great day."

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau