Gilbow Steps in at Right Tackle After Tubbs is
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with his squad’s work on Wednesday afternoon, but was even more excited that the Razorbacks came out of the two-hour practice without any additional major injuries. A day after losing starting right tackle Zac Tubbs and reserve defensive end Derek Moore to season-ending ankle injuries, Nutt was just happy to see everyone make it through the full-pad workout.
“We didn’t get anyone hurt today,” Nutt said. “That is a great feeling. The guys really moved around very well today. They have practiced hard these past two days. You just hate to lose two good guys like Zac Tubbs and Derek Moore. Zac was having a great year and doing some great things for us. You just have to move forward. Someone has to step up and someone has to be ready.”
Redshirt freshmen Matt Gilbow and Nate Garner logged most of the time at right tackle on Wednesday. Gilbow is the early favorite to replace Tubbs in the Razorbacks’ offensive front.
“Matt Gilbow got most of the work today,” Nutt said. “Nate Garner got a lot of work. Chase Pressley and Robert Felton are getting a lot of work. You are already thin and you are already inexperienced. Everybody has to be ready. Matt is very athletic. He is long at 6-6. It is that one word – experience. We have had this happen before with Nathan Ball and Bo Lacy. You hate to see it, but it is a good opportunity for Matt.”
Tubbs and Moore both suffered left fibula fractures with associated ankle ligament tears in practice on Tuesday. Tubbs and Moore will undergo surgery early next week and will not play again this season. Recovery time for the injury is approximately six months.
In other injury news, freshman linebacker Weston Dacus sat out after suffering a broken big toe on his right foot in Sunday’s workout. Dacus is expected to return to practice early next week.
Arkansas will conduct a light workout on Thursday before breaking camp for two days for the open date on the schedule. The Razorbacks will reconvene on Sunday for the official start of game week preparations for Auburn. The Hogs and the Tigers will meet at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports.
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