Arkansas appears to have more NFL players on 2017 team than last season

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Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Arkansas has a legit NFL defensive back on the team right now

The last time Arkansas coach Bret Bielema brought up having conversations with players in his secondary and the NFL, it was to say he was discouraging Rohan Gaines from pursuing it so quickly. Now, with Ryan Pulley, Bielema is forced into having that conversation again (if he hasn’t already). Pulley is a future NFL cornerback and Bielema knows it. And this very well might be the corner’s final season in Fayetteville. First things first, though.

Those Morgan boys, man

Grant Morgan has his brother’s last name and his brother’s confidence. Maybe that’s enough. With Drew Morgan no longer on the team (in the NFL, himself), Grant is the sole Morgan on the Arkansas roster. Even as a redshirt freshman, he’s doing the sorts of things Drew did. That is, he’s overachieving and impressing more and sooner than anyone — except another Morgan — could have anticipated.

Recruit looking at Arkansas, LSU, Alabama and … Kansas?

Not often do teams in the SEC compete with Kansas for prospects. Rather, not often do teams in the SEC compete with Kansas for football prospects. But that’s just what’s happening with 3-star cornerback Joseph Foucha. The New Orleans-based cornerback has narrowed his list to seven teams, including, yep, Arkansas and the Jayhawks.

You always remember your first time

Get your mind out of the gutter. This particular instance we are talking about Dave Van Horn taking Arkansas to his first College World Series. It was back in 2004, in Van Horn’s second season as head man with the Diamond Hogs. And it’s our 23rd Most Memorable Moment in Arkansas’ 25 SEC seasons.

Not like the Aerosmith song

You know the one. From the band’s Pump album in 1989. We are going to assume those lyrics aren’t the case after 17 Arkansas players were stuck in an elevator inside the Smith Football Center after practice Tuesday. Everyone made it out fine after being trapped for about an hour. Note: For some added fun, say “stuck in an elevator” in Steven Tyler’s voice.

Ryan Mallett may finally get his chance

The former Arkansas quarterback has lingered in the NFL for seven years now without getting too much of a sustained shot at starting. Some of it his own doing. That changes now as Joe Flacco’s back injury in Baltimore gives Mallett every opportunity to play. 

Hey, look, it’s Stan Heath. How about that

Yours truly is of the opinion Stan Heath was let go too quickly as Arkansas basketball coach back in the 2000s. Water under the bridge, I suppose. But I did wonder, as recently as a few months ago, what he was up to nowadays. Here’s your answer: coaching in the G-League (I know, right?) for the Orlando Magic affiliate.

R.I.P., Mr. Campbell

Glen Campbell was a country music superstar. And an Arkansas native. Heavy hearts Tuesday in Razorbacks Country.

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