Just when Arkansas had seen its first daylight of the season… dark clouds have started rolling back in over Fayetteville. Hog fans are living out the final scenes of “The Perfect Storm.” You know, the fishermen on the Andrea Gail think they’ve made it through the hurricane only to realize they’ve briefly been in the calm eye of the storm.
“She’s not gonna let us out,” George Clooney says in the flick.
Well substitute John L. Smith for Clooney and you’ve got the Razorbacks’ season.
Following Saturday’s spirit-lifting 24-7 win at Auburn, it was announced that linebacker and leading tackler Alonzo Highsmith had been lost for the season to a foot injury. For a defense that had played it’s best game of the year, that was blow #1.
Blow #2 came yesterday when Smith revealed that an MRI on defensive end Tenarius Wright showed enough damage to his shoulder to require surgery. That’s season-ending surgery to the Razorbacks’ defensive captain.
Smith said it was Wright’s call to shut things down:
“He had to make a decision on what to do. It is injured. He had to make a decision on what to do and he’s decided he’s going to go get it fixed. So he’ll be out for the year.”
Can you blame him? Wright’s a senior and he’s looking toward the NFL. And Arkansas sure isn’t in any kind of championship hunt at the moment. Why not go ahead and get his shoulder fixed?
Nine different Arkansas starters have missed one or more games due to injury this season. That’s at least one issue that can’t be chained to Smith or ex-coach Bobby Petrino. That’s just bad luck.
To throw a little icing on the the Razorbacks’ pain cake, defensive end Chris Smith was arrested yesterday on a warrant for failing to appear in court over a traffic ticket. On the bright side, Smith said, “We’ll get all of that handled,” and then told the media that his starter will not miss Saturday’s game with Kentucky.