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.
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."