Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
Bielema expects to practice 2 coming back from ACL injuries
Kofi Boateng, University of Arkansas receiver, watches the Razorbacks practice Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Two Arkansas football players who suffered ACL tears last year are expected to go through spring practice.
Sophomore cornerback Britto Tutt and freshman receiver Kofi Boateng are "above 90 percent" recovered from their knee surgeries last August, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday.
"I don't know about contact but we'll probably - if they're not 100 percent I won't put them in a scrimmage, but they will practice," Bielema said.
"You can see sometimes when they get tired (in conditioning) that they're not (100 percent)."
Bielema said the only players expected to miss spring practice are junior linebacker Dre Greenlaw (foot) and sophomore tight end Grayson Gunter (shoulder), who both underwent off-season surgeries.
Fifth-year senior defensive back Kevin Richardson, who suffered a season-ending pectoral muscle tear in last season's opener against Louisiana Tech, will be able to go through practices. Bielema said Richardson has looked "great" in off-season drills and can play cornerback, nickel back or safety.
"He's one of the few guys in my coaching career who can honestly play all those positions," Bielema said.
Spring practice is scheduled to begin March 28.
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