Arkansas Suspends Mark Pierce For Tulsa Game
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following Wednesday’s afternoon practice session Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said junior fullback Mark Pierce will not play in this Saturday’s season opener against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane while he serves a one game suspension.
“The seniors wanted to suspend him for a half, but I decided it should be for the game,” Nutt said. “We’re going to take away one of the most important things in his life. It hurts, but he’s got to make good decisions. We’re going to try to go forward and move on and get ready to play a game this weekend against Tulsa.”
Pierce’s suspension was a result of an incident this past weekend.
“The easiest thing to do is to give a harsh punishment and run a player off,” Nutt said. “I didn’t even plan to have Mark Pierce this year based on the conversation we had before he left earlier this year. We all love him. He has some problems and he is going to work them out.
“The seniors agreed with me after talking to them that this is the right decision. Mark knows he made a foolish mistake. I hope he learned a valuable lesson from this.”
Sophomore Brandon Kennedy will get the start in place of Pierce with sophomore Kyle Dickerson filling the reserve role behind Kennedy.
As for Wednesday’s practice, Nutt said the Hogs worked on polishing the game plan for Saturday’s game against Tulsa.
“They (players) know it’s getting close,” Nutt said. “We worked on a lot of the small details and making sure everybody knows their assignments. I’m excited about the way we practiced today. It gets to a point when it’s just time to play.
“We’ll go through some two-minute situations Thursday and work on some kicking drills and then it’s here.”
Arkansas and Tulsa kickoff Saturday at 6 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
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