Hogs Highsmith To Miss Spring Football
Fayetteville–Senior linebacker Alonzo Highsmith Jr., who was expected to be one of the team leaders on defense, will miss the entire 2012 spring campaign due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the weight room. Head coach Bobby Petrino made an unexpected appearance in front of the media following the first spring practice to talk about the injury. He said the defensive players will miss the leadership Highsmith would have provided.
“Last year Jerry Franklin could tell them what to do,” Petrino told reporters. “Tell everybody else what to do and that’s what we wanted to be able to get Alonzo to do is really take charge. Make all the calls . Now he’s going to miss those reps, these 15 practices. But the good thing is it’s something that does heal well and you can come back from it quickly.”
Senior running back Knile Davis appeared to be at full speed and fully recovered from the broken ankle he suffered last August. Davis ran a 4.33 40, the fastest on the team, just before the start of spring football. Davis said he was slightly limited in what the coaches allowed him to do on the first day of spring practice but he said he felt fine. He echoed what Petrino had said on the eve of the first spring practice. A decision has not been made if Davis will participate in full contact drills this spring or if he will play in the Red-White football game.
This spring Petrino must begin the task of trying to replace three of the most productive receivers in Hog football history. Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs are each expected to go high in the upcoming NFL draft. Senior All SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson admitted it was a little strange to practice without the three ex-Hogs but he said the offense looked good considering it was he first practice since the Cotton Bowl.
“You know, there’s always those first day jitters for guy, and there were some more dropped balls than we’d normally see throwing routes, but I expect those to be cleaned up tomorrow and the days coming,” Wilson said following the workout.