Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Washington to start Saturday
Arkansas cornerback Carroll Washington runs onto the field prior to the Red-White Game on April 20, 2013 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas cornerback Carroll Washington will start Saturday against South Carolina, coach Bret Bielema said Thursday.
Washington, a junior college transfer, beat out redshirt freshman Jared Collins for the starting spot this week. The Razorbacks have to replace Will Hines at the position after he suffered a broken arm last Saturday at Florida.
Hines, who has 22 tackles and an interception this season, could return later this season. He underwent surgery Sunday and has a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks.
Bielema said Washington began practicing ahead of Collins last month after Collins suffered a concussion in a game against Southern Miss.
"He capitalized on it and has continued to do so," Bielema said. "He's done a good job on special teams, so I'm excited to see him get out there and play."
Collins and freshman D.J. Dean are also expected to play at the cornerback position Saturday. Washington has three tackles this season, while Collins has seven.
"They've had a good week of practice and they've practiced well all along," Razorbacks defensive coordinator Chris Ash said. "We've tried to preach next man in mentality all the way through training camp because you never know when your chance is going to come. Theirs came this week and they've handled it well. Now we'll see how they handle it on Saturday."