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Monday, March 14, 2011
Arkansas releases pre-spring depth chart

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has released the Hogs' pre-spring depth chart. They open spring drills on Tuesday.

Among the things that jumped out were sophomore Eric Bennett moving from cornerback to safety and being listed with the first team. The Hogs are looking for a replacement for the departed Rudell Crim at safety.

"We felt like (Bennett's) strongest point a year ago was his ability to tackle and how physical he played and how well he tackled," Petrino said. "We lost Rudell (Crim), so you look at kind of replacing a talented cover guy with a guy who can tackle well. I think that’ll be a great position for him. De’Anthony (Curtis), we’ve been trying to find a way to get him on the field more. He did a nice job for us last year in special teams. He really made a lot of plays. We worked him at corner during bowl preparation the last two years. Now we’re going to put him over there and give him an opportunity to play and get on the field.”

True freshman Brey Cook is bracketed with junior college signee Jason Peacock as co-starters at one offensive tackle spot. Senior Grant Freeman and sophomore Anthony Oden are the co-starters at the other tackle position.

Senior Isaac Madison and junior Darius Winston are listed as the co-starters at field cornerback. Both have started in games and played extensively. At the boundary cornerback position, sophomore Jerry Mitchell is listed No. 1.

"What we wanted to do on a field corner ... Isaac Madison and Darius Winston need to compete," Petrino said. "We need to find out who the best guy is. That’s the toughest position to play. During the last part of the season, Darius went over and played into the boundary side. We could easily do that right now, but we want them to compete. We need to learn about who the best cover guy is. Who our shutdown corner is and then adjust from there. Jerry really did a nice job in bowl preparation and had a great winter as far as in the weight room and showing lots of improvement. I think it’ll be a great place for him to start out at.”

Defensive tackles Byran Jones (ankle) and D.D. Jones (shoulder) and receiver Greg Childs (knee) will all miss the spring while recovering from injuries. Petrino said running back Dennis Johnson is full-go.