Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Anderson: No word from Mitchell, McKay on basketball plans
Brandon Mitchell averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for Arkansas in 2011-12.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson said he hasn't heard from Razorbacks football players Brandon Mitchell or Mekale McKay about joining his team, but said he would consider adding them if contacted.
Mitchell, a redshirt junior, has played two seasons for the basketball team, including last season, Anderson's first at Arkansas. McKay, an all-state basketball selection at Moore High School in Louisville, Ky., had said during his recruitment he would like to play both sports.
"I'd have to visit with them," Anderson said when asked if he'd consider letting football players on the team this year. "We've got a lot of players out here right now, but I'm not opposed to visiting with those guys."
With the addition of guard Fred Gulley to the lineup Saturday against Alcorn State, Arkansas will have 15 players on its roster. Gulley has sat out the last year after transferring from Oklahoma State in January.
Mitchell averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 10 appearances for Arkansas last season. McKay earned regional co-player of the year honors as a high school senior with 17 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Both played receiver for Arkansas on the football field last season. After converting from quarterback, Mitchell caught 17 passes for 272 yards in a season shortened by a four-game suspension.
McKay had 21 catches for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one in the season finale against LSU.