Shorthanded line gets thinner in loss

By: Jimmy Carter
Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Arkanas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (51) walks off the field with medical personnel during a game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.
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Arkanas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (51) walks off the field with medical personnel during a game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas' short-handed offensive line suffered a few more blows Saturday in the first half of the Razorbacks' 28-21 loss to Mississippi State.

Junior center Zach Rogers went down early in the game, briefly returned and then left for good, while junior left guard Hjalte Froholdt re-aggravated a left ankle injury and missed the rest of the game. Froholdt was on the sidelines in street clothes in the second half, sporting a boot on his left ankle.

"I don't think anything's overly serious," Bielema said.

The Razorbacks were left with senior Jake Raulerson at center and redshirt freshman Dylan Hays at right guard, with junior Johnny Gibson shifting from right to left guard. Raulerson started the first seven games last year before being replaced and operating as a little-used backup this season, while Hays has spent most of the year as a reserve nose tackle.

"We were down to our third-team center," Bielema said. "I don't think I've ever had that in my coaching career."

The results weren't great. Arkansas averaged just 2.9 yards per carry and quarterback Austin Allen was sacked four times.

Arkansas entered the game without senior center Frank Ragnow (high-ankle sprain) and freshman guard Ty Clary (MCL), who suffered season-ending injuries against Auburn and LSU, respectively.

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