UA FOOTBALL : Hogs to count on Sheppard more in 2009

by WooPigFlowerMound on December 21, 2008

The Razorbacks can hardly “weight” to see where Malcolm Sheppard will be next football season.

Come this time next year, expect the Arkansas senior-to-be defensive lineman to be a lot bigger or maybe a trifle smaller than the listed 277 pounds on his 6-3 frame. Sheppard has played both defensive end and defense tackle these past three Razorback seasons, mostly tackle in 2008.

First-year head coach Bobby Petrino and first-year defensive coordinator Willy Robinson inherited what appeared good depth at defensive end with senior Antwain Robinson, dismissed from the team before the season’s 5-7 end, Adrian Davis, Damario Ambrose and redshirt freshman Jake Bequette, starting more often than any with 10 it turned out.

So Sheppard was the too-small tackle still too good for most teams to block for long. [read more]

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