Gragg, Bennett Out For Texas A&M Game


FAYETTEVILLE - Not much has gone right for the Arkansas football program through four games.

There are all kinds of issues on defense, problems in the run game and struggles with pass protection.

But something else is taking a toll on the Razorbacks as well -- injuries.

Coach John L. Smith said Arkansas will be without two more injured starters when the Razorbacks (1-3, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference) play at Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday.

Tight end Chris Gragg (bone bruise) and safety Eric Bennett (unknown injury) will be sidelined. The two join a growing list of injured players that already includes cornerback Tevin Mitchel (head injury) and fullbacks Kiero Small (broken foot) and Kody Walker (broken leg).

Gragg's injury leaves the Razorbacks counting on tight ends Austin Tate, Alex Voelzke and Demetrius Dean to handle the workload against the Aggies, although none possess the same matchup problem and receiving skills of Gragg (19 catches, 234 yards, 2 touchdowns).

Bennett's absence leaves Arkansas even more shorthanded in a secondary that is ranked 111th in the nation in passing yards allowed. Smith said sophomore Alan Turner will start at safety in Bennett's place against Texas A&M, while junior Jerry Mitchell will work as his backup.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau