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Cowan dismissed from team
D'Arthur Cowan, pictured in this file photo from the Arkansas-Florida game on Oct. 5, 2013, will not be with the Razorbacks in 2014.
FAYETTEVILLE Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan is no longer with the Arkansas football team, head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly.
Cowan caught four passes for 26 yards last season and suspended since mid-June. He also missed several weeks of spring practice to concentrate on academics.
“D’Arthur won’t be with us,” Bielema said. “We need players to do certain things the right way. We tried to work with him on several occasions, but we have to move on.”
While the Razorbacks will be without Cowan this season, they will have wide receiver Demetrius Wilson back.
Wilson caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown as a junior in 2012, but missed all of last season because of a torn ACL suffered in fall practice.
Bielema said he was at 80 percent during spring practice and was not able to participate in any scrimmages, but is back to full strength after rehabbing with strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.
“He’s been lights out,” Bielema said. “He’s up close to 200 pounds now and looks incredible. He’s got that look in his eye.”
Arkansas will also add a pair of offensive linemen this month.
Sebastian Tretola chose the Razorbacks over schools such as Florida and Oklahoma and will be on campus after finishing up his last class at Iowa Western Community College on July 11.
Cameron Jefferson, a transfer from UNLV, will also finish up his coursework this month and be on campus in time for two-a-days, Bielema said.