FOUR DOWNS – ARKANSAS VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE NOTES
1. Broyles Statue To Be Unveiled
Frank Broyles put in more than 50 years of service to the Arkansas athletic department as both head coach and athletic director. The Razorbacks will recognize his impact on the program with a statue outside of the Broyles Center.
Arkansas announced Tuesday it will dedicate a statue of the 87-year-old during a ceremony scheduled for the day of the Arkansas-LSU game (Nov. 23). The public is invited to the ceremony, which will be held outside the Broyles Center at 10 a.m.
“We want to invite Razorback fans to join us for this special ceremony as we honor the legacy of Coach Frank Broyles,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said. “For more than 50 years, Coach Broyles made numerous significant contributions as a coach and as an athletic administrator. It is fitting that soon a statue in front of the Broyles Athletic Center will further serve as a permanent tribute to the immeasurable impact Coach Broyles has had on the Razorback program, our university, our state and the world of intercollegiate athletics.”
It will be the first outdoors statue on campus of anyone associated with the Razorbacks’ athletic department. It's a fitting tribute, considering Broyles came to Arkansas in Dec. 1957 and has been instrumental in the program’s success.
He compiled a 144-58-5 mark in 19 seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach, leading Arkansas to its only national championship in football in 1964. Broyles worked as both head coach and athletic director from 1973-76 before retiring from the sideline. Broyles then concentrated on duties as Arkansas' athletic director and held the position for 30 more years before stepping down in Dec. 2007.
He has since worked with the Razorback Foundation as Athletic Director Emeritus.
Arkansas won 43 national titles, 57 championships in the Southwest Conference, 48 Southeastern Conference championships, and 22 football bowl bids with Broyles as athletic director. Broyles also oversaw the construction and renovation of all athletic facilities on campus, including the renovation of Razorback Stadium and the construction of Bud Walton Arena and Baum Stadium.
2. Williams Practicing … In Black
Suspended linebacker Terrell Williams was back on the practice field Tuesday, but the senior may not be welcomed back to the field Saturday. Williams wore a black scout-team jersey during the portion of practice open to the media.
Williams, who ranks fourth on the team in tackles (52), did not play against South Carolina after being suspended for a driving while intoxicated arrest.
Coach John L. Smith said Monday that Williams was still “working to earn his way back onto this team” and hadn’t completed those requirements yet.
Freshman Otha Peters continued to work with the first-team at linebacker.
3. Wilson’s Health
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, who has missed six quarters this season because of injury, has peeled himself off the turf slowly the past few weeks.
The senior was asked Monday how he was holding up physically after being sacked four times by South Carolina. Wilson shrugged off the notion he’s hurting.
“It’s football,” Wilson said. “I feel physically pretty good. You get seven days. So you always feel a little bit … Well, a lot better on Saturday than you do the day after the game. So that’s normal. It’s like being in a boxing match.”
Wilson is ranked second in the SEC in passing yards a game (311.4), but has struggled the past three games. Wilson is averaging 282 yards during the stretch, throwing 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
4. Extra Points
Arkansas running back Knile Davis, who has missed two straight games with a hamstring injury, practiced with the team Tuesday. Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Davis looked much better Tuesday and could be available Saturday. … Freshman Nate Holmes did not practice Tuesday, though, after leaving the South Carolina loss with what Smith described as an injury “above the shoulders.” He is questionable for Saturday’s game. … Tight end Chris Gragg was in uniform for Tuesday’s practice, but worked off the to the side with the training staff. Gragg has played in just three full games this season because of a knee injury, which he re-aggravated in the Ole Miss loss. … Arkansas welcomed a special visitor to Tuesday’s practice. Former Razorback receiver Jarius Wright attended the workout two days after a successful NFL debut. Wright caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 34-24 win against Detroit.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau