FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver D’Arthur Cowan will be spending his spring in the classroom, according to coach Bret Bielema.
Cowan did not participate in the Razorbacks’ three spring practices this week and Bielema said he won’t join them when practice resumes on April 1. Instead, Cowan will use the rest of the spring to “concentrate on his studies.”
“He’s put himself in a situation that I really felt if we didn’t give him some time there, just purely time away from the practice element that he wouldn’t get to where he needed to be academically,” Bielema said Friday. “He’s actually spending spring break here as well to get going on his academics. Something I’ve done routinely in the past with some guys that I felt were concerns.”
Cowan is expected to be one of Arkansas’ leading receivers in 2014 despite catching just four passes for 26 yards last season. He missed the first six games after suffering a broken foot during preseason practice last August.
“He missed a significant amount of time in the fall that obviously concerns you,” Bielema said. “You get better with reps, but on the same account I need him to be eligible and be here so that’s my priority for him right now.”
Bielema also said tight end Demetrius Dean isn’t academically eligible this semester and probably won’t return. The former Fayetteville High star has been with the program for the past two seasons, but never made an impact on the field.
“I’ve had a couple of conversations with him over the last two semester,” Bielema said. “A guy we want to help and try to get to move on being eligible. There’s just certain things as a head coach that you can just see coming down the pike.
“And if you’ve got someone that you’re concerned about, either athletically or academically that you’re not going to be able to keep them on pace by NCAA standards, you try to move them on. Because if a kid becomes ineligible and drops below a certain number of core (grade-point average) or hours, they can’t move on. It really restricts them in the options that they have. That unfortunately is part of the result.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau