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
Bielema happy with Tretola's progress
Arkansas offensive guard Sebastian Tretola goes through drills during practice on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Offensive guard Sebastian Tretola won't be in Arkansas' starting lineup for the Razorbacks' opener at Auburn, but coach Bret Bielema said it might be hard to keep him out for long.
Speaking to the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday, Bielema said the junior college transfer "might be the team's best interior player right now." Tretola is listed as the second team left guard behind fifth-year senior Luke Charpentier.
After showing up out of shape, Bielema said Tretola has 24 pounds since showing up to Arkansas' camp four weeks ago. Tretola is now 6-foot-4, 350 pounds.
"I only went into his home once and his mom is a hell of a cook, and he enjoyed it," Bielema said. "We have our meals catered and the first day he grabbed three over-sized fajitas. I told him to take one at a time and if you're still hungry go back for seconds.
"I told him that if he would lose 5 pounds each week he would be in good shape by our opener and I'll be darn if he didn't do it. It's important to him."
Tretola, a junior, transferred to Arkansas after spending last season at Iowa Western Community College. He redshirted his first season at Nevada and played in 10 games there in 2012.