Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Chris Gragg's status for Saturday unknown
By Edward Aschoff
Arkansas coach John L. Smith isn't sure if he'll have tight end Chris Gragg for Saturday's game at Texas A&M.
Gragg has been day-to-day after suffering a bone bruise in his leg, and Smith said he would know more about the senior's status for Saturday following Wednesday's practice.
Without Gragg in the lineup, the Razorbacks lose a valuable receiving target. On the season, Gragg is second on the team with 19 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He also provides a matchup problem for defenders because of his size and speed. He and receiver Cobi Hamilton are the only players with double-digit catches for the Razorbacks this season.
Even if Gragg does return Saturday, Smith said he doesn't anticipate getting a lot of action out of him against the Aggies.
"We have to kind of plan that Chris will be limited at best," Smith said Wednesday.
Junior Austin Tate will most likely fill in for Gragg if he can't go. Tate has four catches for 30 yards this season, but doesn't possess the same explosiveness that Gragg does. Smith added that if Tate does start, he won't receive the same amount of attention in the offense as Gragg.
"We just have to pick up the slack," Smith said. "Whoever's in there has to believe that they're going to pick up the slack and they're going to get the job done."