FAYETTEVILLE - The deepest unit on the Arkansas football team could possibly be adding another body sooner rather than later.
Defensive end Michael Taylor is finally scheduled to arrive on campus in the next couple days. Taylor, a member of the 2016 recruiting class, was hung up in limbo while coursework from his previous school, Riverside City College, was being cleared in order to make him eligible at Arkansas.
Taylor is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore end from Orlando. He played last year in California before transferring to Arkansas. He does not have a redshirt available, so will have three years of immediate eligibility upon arrival.
The Arkansas defensive end pecking order is currently Deatrich Wise Jr., JaMichael Winston and Brandon Lewis on one side with McTelvin Agim, Karl Roesler and Randy Ramsey on the other. The latter side will also see Tevin Beanum, who was the starter there last year, back into the fold when he gets back to form. He missed most of the spring and all fall camp as he was away from the team dealing with a personal matter.
Four or Six?
At first blush, it looks like the Southeastern Conference media members and the SEC coaches are far, far apart when it comes to picking out the league's best players. With Arkansas, anyway.
The media selected four Razorbacks players to one of three preseason All-SEC teams back at the conference's media days last month. Coaches subsequently chose six Arkansas players as part of their three teams released Thursday morning.
Left tackle Dan Skipper was on the first team, replicating his media selection. Tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, wide receiver Drew Morgan and Wise made it on the third team, same as media, too. The new inclusions were Brooks Ellis and Frank Ragnow. Ellis was a second-team linebacker and Ragnow a third-team offensive lineman.
Bielema will take it, but was bullish on the more important awards at later.
“I’d love to see where we’re at at the end of the year," he said.