Arkansas Hosting Quarterback, Defensive Line Coach Being Eyed by SEC School

By Otis Kirk

Arkansas is hosting former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks today for an official visit.

Hicks arrived on Saturday following a visit to Louisville. He will leave on Sunday. Hicks played for Chad Morris at SMU from 2015-17. He redshirted in 2015. Hicks can enroll at his new school at midterm. In December, Morris was asked about signing a graduate quarterback.

“Absolutely we’re still exploring options to bring an older quarterback in, and we’ll see how that goes,” Morris said. 

At SMU, Hicks completed 718 of 1,266 passes for 9,081 yards, 71 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 37 games. He rushed 37 times and scored three touchdowns.

Hicks’ best season was in 2017 when he completed 276 of 472 passes for 3,569 yards, 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn who were both taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In 2018 under Sonny Dykes, Hicks played in 12 games and completed 208 of 372 passes for 2,582 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. 

Arkansas’ Ty Storey has put his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. That leaves Arkansas with redshirt freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones, sophomore Daulton Hyatt and incoming freshman KJ Jefferson. Noland has one start out of that group at the collegiate level. He helped the Hogs beat Tulsa 23-0 earlier this season when Storey was injured. 

In addition, a report on the South Carolina 247Sports site listed John Scott Jr. as a candidate for the vacant defensive line coaching job. Scott has been at Arkansas for two seasons. He is from South Carolina and a 2000 graduate of Western Carolina. It’s still early though to know where he stands on the list of defensive line hopefuls for Will Muschamp.