Two familiar names from last year's Arkansas football team won't start the year with the Razorbacks in 2016.
FAYETTEVILLE - Tevin Beanum, Juan Day and Giovanni LaFrance are among the players now called former Razorbacks.
The two were not on the Arkansas roster released Thursday afternoon hours in advance of the team's first practice of fall camp. Others, mostly walk-ons, were also cut from the 127-man roster before Thursday to the 105-man roster coach Bret Bielema will carry throughout the season.
Beanum was easily the most notable exception.
A 6-foot-1, 250-pound defensive end, Beanum was the team's starter at 'R' defensive end last year opposite Deatrich Wise Jr. Beanum had seven tackles for-loss and two sacks and was expected to be the starter, if not an every-down player, this season.
But he missed most of spring practice with what Bielema called a personal issue. The coach said throughout the spring and re-iterated Thursday there was "nothing negative." As of the first day of fall camp, Beanum is not on the roster.
"Tevin has got a situation that he just needs to get control of," Bielema said. "It's something that's a very unique and individual thing with him. If he ever wants to share it, he will. There's just a million things going on right now."
Beanum's removal further explains the move of former linebacker Randy Ramsey to to that spot, a move reporter earlier only by Arkansas News Bureau. Bielema confirmed Ramsey's shift down Thursday during the season-opening press conference.
Ramsey was removed from the team before the beginning of last year for off-the-field woes. He was largely a strongside linebacker and was likely going to see a lot of snaps until his dismissal. It was unclear where he was most of the fall until Bielema announced Ramsey's return at the start of 2016. The team's lack of depth of at linebacker was thought to be a partial reason for Ramsey's return. Now he's at another position, as the team seeks take advantage of his athleticism on the edge, perhaps as a Beanum replacement at the get-to-the-quarterback defensive end.
"I think he was kind of excited about that (move)," Bielema said. "McTelvin Agim is a kid at that position. We're going to ... see where the R position goes for right now with (Karl) Roesler, McTelvin Agim and Randy. And then if there's anybody else.
LaFrance, a freshman linebacker from New Orleans, did not make the team's 105-man roster, either. He is a scholarship three-star recruit. Walk-on linebackers Ben Brasuell and Grant Morgan did make the team's 105.
LaFrance suffered a hand injury in the preseason, according to Bielema, who tweeted a few hours after the press conference. It was unclear where LaFrance otherwise stood on the depth chart and whether he would join the 105 after recovery.
Day was simply beat out. A sophomore running back from North Little Rock, Day has had three knee surgeries since high school. He would have been playing for the fifth or sixth spot on the depth chart with freshman TJ Hammonds and senior Duwop Mitchell.
Day played in one game last year and ran for 17 yards on four carries.
"He's not quite up to speed to where we felt as coaches. His effort's been great, his attitude, his energy. It was one of those really tough decisions. If there was 105-A he'd probably be in it."
All three players are eligible to return to the team, Bielema said. None are removed long-term. In fact, Beanum, if things come together for him, would be the first one back, Bielema said, in a pinch.
"I think he would be one of the first players if we had anyone get injured at the position, then we'll bring him in," Bielema said.
"There's no shenanigans involved. As coaches, we deeply love and care about him. Unfortunately he's got a little scenario that he has to deal with on a daily basis. It's something that's never gonna probably truly ever go away, but it's something that I think he's tried to handle the best he can. We just want to give him the support to do it."
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