A few Arkansas nuggets

July, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

HOOVER, Ala. -- A few updates on some of the Arkansas players:

  • Quarterback Ryan Mallett is down to 238 pounds. That's after coming to Arkansas weighing 265 pounds last January. "That's a great thing," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "It will help him move and stay healthy."
  • Tight end D.J. Williams has gone from 245 pounds to 252 pounds, bulking up to become a better blocker. He led all SEC tight ends with 61 catches last season. "But I still ran a 4.5 (40-yard dash) this spring, and it wasn't a 4.59, either," Williams said. "It was a 4.56."
  • Defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard is tipping the scales at 291 pounds. His goal is to play this season at 295 after playing at 273 last season. He'll line up primarily at tackle, but will still slide outside some to end depending on the situation. "I think the biggest difference for me will be handling the double teams when they come," said Sheppard, whose 16 tackles for loss last season were second among SEC defensive tackles. "You've got to have quickness and speed to play up there, but you also need strength and size. I'm bigger, and I'm stronger than I was last year."

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