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Nutt Addresses Mark Pierce Situation; Hogs Nam

Nutt Addresses Mark Pierce Situation; Hogs Nam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas fullback Mark Pierce will not start Saturday’s season opening game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane following a weekend incident head coach Houston Nutt said.
Nutt, addressing the media following Monday’s morning practice session, said sophomore Brandon Kennedy will get the starting nod and Pierce’s availability for Saturday will be determined later this week.
“Mark did not practice today,” Nutt said. “He needs to understand he has to be respectful to our police officers. Mark was not drinking or involved in drugs, but there was an incident where he exchanged words with an officer. I’m really disappointed in his lack of respect for authority.
“Our seniors are running him after practice today and they have taken ownership of the situation. I’m going to speak with them (seniors) tonight and tomorrow and we’ll decide after that how much he will play.”
Regarding this weekend’s game, Nutt said six permanent captains were selected by the team over the weekend. Seniors George Wilson, Caleb Miller, Justin Scott, Tony Bua, Jimmy Beasley and Bo Lacy were voted by the team as captains.
“Normally we let the players vote for four captains,” Nutt said. “Because the voting was so close we decided to add two more seniors. This is a great group.”
Nutt also addressed Saturday’s upcoming game against Tulsa.
“There were a lot of foolish penalties this past weekend,” Nutt said. “The team that has turnovers, does not play well on special teams and commits penalties will lose. We’re anxious to play this weekend, but I think being able to watch other teams make those mistakes will help us on Saturday.”
Arkansas and Tulsa kickoff at 6 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this Saturday. The game will not be televised.

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