By Otis Kirk
Arkansas started inside the Walker Pavilion on Tuesday with heavy rain and the threat of dangerous storms outside.
While the four periods open to the media were all inside indications were the team might go outside later in the practice. Chad Morris has shown the tendency to practice in the rain if no weather threat to the players such as lightning is involved.
Arkansas offensive tackle Brian Wallace practiced without a protective jersey. He injured his ankle late in Saturday’s game, but Morris said on Monday he expected him back this week.
While Wallace was back without a protective jersey, that wasn’t the case of right guard Johnny Gibson. He had a green jersey on, but was seen going through the majority of the drills in the first four periods. He was moving well and while his injury is unknown it didn’t appear to be anything that wouldn’t threaten his availability for Saturday.
True freshman offensive tackle Noah Gatlin was once again wearing a yellow protective jersey and watching from the sidelines. Gatlin hasn’t played since the North Texas game.
Junior running back Devwah Whaley suffered a concussion in the Auburn game and has missed the past two contests. He was back at practice on Tuesday with a green jersey on. Morris said Monday he expects Whaley to be available this week.
When asked who might start though Joe Craddock, the offensive coordinator, indicated they would go with the hot hand. If that is the case then sophomore Rakeem Boyd will likely get the start on Saturday. He has started the past two games and topped the century mark rushing against Alabama. Regardless of who starts however, Arkansas generally plays three or four running backs each game.
Junior cornerback Britto Tutt was wearing a green protective jersey as well. Tutt’s injury is unknown, but he has battled knee injuries since coming to Arkansas.
Sophomore defensive tackle Briston Guidry had some minor knee surgery following the Texas A&M game. He missed the Alabama game and was in a yellow jersey on Tuesday. Morris had indicated he would likely miss two games.
Arkansas (1-5, 0-3) will be in Little Rock on Saturday night to host Ole Miss (4-2, 0-2) in a conference game to be televised on the SEC Network. The Rebels are 6 1/2-point favorites in the game.