Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette had been iffy all week.
But on Thursday after practice, coach Bobby Petrino confirmed what most had feared in and around the Arkansas camp, and that is that Bequette will miss Saturday's game against No. 3-ranked Alabama with a hamstring injury.
There's no sugar-coating how much the Hogs will miss Bequette. He's an excellent pass-rusher, plays the run well, and just his presence on the field makes Arkansas a better defense.
But the Hogs are extremely high on sophomore defensive end Chris Smith, who will take Bequette's place on Saturday.
From the day the Hogs signed Smith out of North Carolina they felt like he was going to be a big-time pass-rusher in this league.
Well, here's his chance on one of the biggest stages of the college football season so far.