1. Ellis Update: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis is recovering quickly from the bruised knee he suffered against Alabama.

1. Ellis Update: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis is recovering quickly from the bruised knee he suffered against Alabama.


But Bielema said the sophomore — who is second on the team with 39 tackles — remains questionable for Saturday’s game against No. 10 Georgia.


"He’s coming around very, very quickly," Bielema said during the SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday. "I don’t know where it’s going to lie in regards to this weekend, but as is the case, the most genetic freaks on the football field are also genetic freaks when they get injured. So it’s encouraging how fast he’s recovering."


Arkansas is preparing sophomore Josh Williams to step into the starting lineup at middle linebacker if Ellis doesn’t play Saturday. Linebackers coach Randy Shannon said the Razorbacks are confident Williams, who has six tackles, will perform.


"It’s the reason why he’s here, the reason why he’s a part of this program," Shannon said. "Players have confidence. I have confidence. The coaching staff, the team. And that’s one thing that another person that may not be able to play is an opportunity for us to get better and another guy to come in and show what he can do."


Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight said he’s been working alongside Williams in practice this week. He said Williams has been "physical at the point of attack" in his playing time at middle linebacker this season and will be ready for Georgia’s productive ground game, which is averaging 275.7 yards.


"We’ve always got to have the next guy ready to go," Spaight said. "I feel comfortable playing with Josh just like I feel comfortable playing with Brooks."


Bielema indicated he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Ellis’ return until late in the week. He said Ellis is capable of jumping right back into the first-team role if he’s healthy enough to play even without a week of practice.


"The good thing about Brooks is he’s now one of our more experienced players," Bielema said. "So kind of like a couple guys in the past in my history, once they’ve kind of proven that they can do it, they don’t need a lot of practice time to get themselves locked into a gameplan."


2. Ready For Gurley: Arkansas doesn’t know if it will see Georgia running back Todd Gurley on Saturday, but defensive end Trey Flowers said the Hogs will be "ready for anybody."


"If Gurley doesn’t play, if Gurley does play, we’re just preparing for their best," Flowers said. "If he does play, that’s good. That just gives us better competition. If he doesn’t, they’ve still got a pretty good running back."


Flowers was referring to freshman Nick Chubb, who had success filling in during the 34-0 win at Missouri. Chubb rushed for 143 yards on 38 carries and also caught four passes for 31 yards. His 174 yards outgained Missouri (147).


Safety Rohan Gaines said it’s clear Chubb doesn’t play like a freshman and will test the Razorbacks if he’s asked to carry the load again Saturday. But Gaines also said he’d like to see Gurley in uniform. The Heisman Trophy candidate has been suspended indefinitely while the school looks into potential NCAA violations.


"I’ve been fortunate enough to play against some good running backs, and he’s one I haven’t played against yet," Gaines said. "So I’d love to play against him."


3. Welcome Coach O: Former Ole Miss head coach and Southern Cal interim coach Ed Orgeron spent time around the Razorbacks before his speaking appearance at the NWA Touchdown Club this week. Orgeron said he’s impressed with Arkansas’ progress.


"I love it," Orgeron said. "He’s building a big, physical football team. And that’s what you need. You either are going with speed in a Spread or a big, physical football team to be able to control the football. He’s got a darned good defensive line, a big offensive line, big tight ends and a good running game. I think he’s getting there."


The coach has long-standing ties to Shannon, who was a senior at Miami when Orgeron was the program’s defensive line coach. Orgeron said it was the first time he had met Bielema and spoke with him for roughly 20 minutes.


Orgeron also said the place had changed since he was Arkansas’ assistant strength and conditioning coach under Ken Hatfield in 1986 and 1987.


"I like the team, I love the city. It’s a great place to live," Orgeron said. "Everybody has positive vibes. If I was a football coach invited to coach at the University of Arkansas I think it’s excellent. I think it’s one of the upper tier jobs in the SEC."


4. Extra Points


• Georgia coach Mark Richt is 5-1 against the Razorbacks, but Saturday’s game will be the first time Richt will bring one of his teams to War Memorial Stadium. Richt said he’s been getting some information from defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who worked at Arkansas from 2003-07. "He says even though it’s not quite as big as some of the places we go to, it’s very, very spirited and the crowd is definitely a factor, so we’ve got to be prepared for that," Richt said. "For me personally, I think it’s probably the only place I haven’t been as a coach, except for Texas A&M now being in the league would be another. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s all about."


• The Razorbacks have had success with big plays this season, but will face a defense that hasn’t surrendered any in 2014. Georgia is the only SEC team that hasn’t allowed a play of 40 yards or more this season. The longest rushing play as a 24-yarder by South Carolina, while the biggest pass was a 38-yarder by Clemson. Arkansas, meanwhile, enters the game with 10 plays of 40 yards or more in 2014.


• Arkansas will play its only game in Little Rock on Saturday, but War Memorial Stadium hasn’t sold out. Bielema said Wednesday there were approximately 2,400 tickets remaining. "Hopefully we’re going to be able to get those in the purchased column and be able to put a great show on Saturday," Bielema said.


• The SEC West is 26-0 in games outside of the division this season. The Razorbacks will try to keep the perfect start intact when it plays SEC East foe Georgia. Bielema said "without a doubt" the record is something the Razorbacks are aware of as they prepare for the Bulldogs. "I think for us overall, we have a lot of pride in being in the SEC," Bielema said. "But in the SEC West, that is a really, really special deal. Whether we can continue that to Saturday, it definitely has already been mentioned."


— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau