Arkansas has one of the worst home-field advantages in SEC, but that’s about to change

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Arkansas’ real home opener will be bonkers

The first time a game was played inside Davis Wade Stadium after Mississippi State enclosed the end zone, it was jarring. Those cowbells were not just clanging — they were deafening. Their sound lingered. It didn’t even sound like cowbells, the reverb was so intense. It sounded like hard rain on a tin roof.

Arkansas is expecting similar noise increases when Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is finished with its end zone update. No longer is the Frank Broyles Center the focal point of the north end zone. No longer is the stadium grounds visible from the northeast corner on the hill. Construction crews have sealed it all in to maximize seating, give the Razorbacks new locker room digs and, frankly, make the game experience far greater.

We all get our first look at it Saturday. Sort of. Construction won’t be complete until the beginning of next season. But the wall is up. Things are enclosed. The sound isn’t going to drift off into the night sky as much as it used to. It will stick around in the stadium air.

The hope, coach Bret Bielema said, is that it’s much louder for Texas Christian’s players come Saturday. If it is, DWRRS may present a far better home-field advantage than it has been in a long time.

The walk-on freshman looks like he’s staying as a starter

Ty Clary’s spot in the starting lineup seems secure.

The freshman walk-on guard was a surprise first-teamer in Arkansas’ season-opening win last week against Florida A&M. Clary, a Fayetteville High product, was listed as the second-team right guard on the team’s depth chart earlier in the week. When the game started, he was in the lineup and the listed starting guard, Johnny Gibson, was at right tackle.

And Brian Wallace moved to the bench. For now, anyway. Bielema said Monday during his media availability that Wallace and Gibson would split first-team duties at right tackle during practice this week. Whoever comes out the better will likely be the starter come Saturday against the Horned Frogs.

Which means Clary is sticking around.

Freshman wideout Koilan Jackson may end up redshirting

When you’re the son of the one greatest college football players in the history of the game, your fortunes at the college level are kept near a keen eye.

So it’s with intrigue we watch to see what happens with freshman wide receiver Koilan Jackson. The son of former Oklahoma Sooners, Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers tight end Keith Jackson was one of only a handful of players to not play against the Rattlers. The reason? It isn’t talent.

Bielema might be tucking Jackson in his back pocket, so to speak. Arkansas likes what it has at wide receiver this year, and with loads of young guys, they can afford to redshirt someone like Jackson.

For what it’s worth, I would.

ICYMI

Tweets and the like

Tweets are perfect when they’re sly. That’s all Twitter is for, really — the jokes. And the Arkansas athletic department dropped a perfect one after Texas A&M’s ridiculous collapse to UCLA on Sunday night. This one isn’t obvious enough to come back and bite the department if the Razorbacks happen to lose when the two teams meet, either. Well done. Arkansas and the Aggies play Sept. 23.

Allen didn’t have an ideal preseason, but he showed enough that when Jacksonville cut him Monday, Los Angeles wasted no time nabbing him.

Former Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis had a message for fans the people of southwest Texas on social media. Good on her.

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