Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard knows what it takes to be a successful offensive lineman.
He has never played the position, but battled some of the nation’s best the past three seasons. So it’s no surprise that when Sheppard looks at teammate DeMarcus Love, he sees an important quality in the offensive tackle.
You don’t want somebody that’s going to be your best friend, Sheppard said. You have to be aggressive and you have to be nasty. He is definitely a nasty offensive lineman.
For the record: Sheppard and Love are good friends just not on the practice field. That’s where Love has spent the preseason grappling with Arkansas’ entire defensive line.
The junior hasn’t gained many friends, either, especially after getting in a fight with defensive end Tenarius Wright during a drill last week. It wasn’t a moment the Razorbacks encouraged or condoned, but was a perfect display of Love’s nastiness.
Arkansas is confident it will help make him an important piece to an offensive line trying to toughen up in 2009.
I’ve never played next to somebody as talented as he is that can come off the ball and just smash somebody, guard Mitch Petrus said. He’s got the blasting ability. …. He runs a 4.9 (second 40-yard dash). He’s got feet as quick as a cat. He’s a dream tackle. [read more]