By Nate Allen
Special to the News-Times
FAYETTEVILLE - First-team senior weakside linebacker Dre Greenlaw and first-team senior defensive end Randy Ramsey will travel with the Razorbacks for Arkansas' game Saturday night against the Colorado State Rams, Arkansas coach Chad Morris said, but neither practiced Wednesday.
Greenlaw sprained an ankle while making 10 tackles during the first quarter of Arkansas' 55-20 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Ramsey missed much of the August preseason with hamstring issues that withheld him from playing last Saturday.
Morris continues to call Greenlaw and Ramsey "day to day."
Meanwhile junior Gabe Richardson, starting for Ramsey at end last week, and true freshman Bumper Pool, six tackles, a pass breakup and a 60-yard return of a fumble last Saturday after Greenlaw's exit, are groomed to start.
It appears that redshirt freshman offensive linemen Kirby Adcock and Shane Clenin won't repeat in Fort Collins as the starting left guard and left tackle.
Sophomore letterman Ty Clary and junior convert from the defensive line Austin Capps worked as the left guards.
Redshirt freshman Dalton Wagner, now apparently recovered from an August appendectomy, and true freshman Noah Gatlin practiced ahead of Clenin at least for the first 20 minutes of Wednesday's practice that media was allowed to view.
Clenin injured an ankle during last Saturday's game, but was dressed out for Wednesday's practice.
"Right now Ty Clary will get substantial reps at left guard and so is Austin Capps," Morris said before Wednesday's workout. "Noah Gatlin is gonna get a lot of reps at left tackle."
Clary had to work some center Wednesday because senior starter Hjalte Froholdt came during practice from class.
Reserve sophomore center-guard Dylan Hays practices again after missing the first game with an ailing back.
Morris was asked Wednesday about two-year starting left tackle Colton Jackson of Conway practicing in a limited practice green jersey Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in July.
"It was quite the cheering going on from the offensive line when you saw him down in a stance and hitting a sled," Morris said of Jackson's Tuesday limited return. "We anticipate getting him back pretty soon. Hopefully next week. Obviously, he's just a great leader for this team."
It was also revealed that sixth-year senior nickel back and Jacksonville High grad Kevin Richardson, granted a sixth season by the NCAA because of previous injuries, is out of the walking boot from breaking his foot while moving furniture in August.
"He got that removed and did a little bit of running," Morris said. "Again, kinda like Colton we hope we can progress him out onto the field in the next couple of weeks."
Junior Ty Storey of Charleston, moving ahead at quarterback last Saturday after directing a 28-point second quarter that included him throwing three touchdown passes and designated to get the most first-team reps this week, actually opened practice quarterbacking the second unit.
Cole Kelley, last week's starter throwing a fourth-quarter touchdown pass redeeming for an offensively sluggish first quarter, opened Wednesday getting first-unit time.
Media saw nickel back D'Vone McClure pick off a Kelley pass, and Storey complete a long pass to receiver Tyson Morris before practice was closed.
Pouncing on an EIU fumble in the end zone for a touchdown caused by fellow backup defensive tackle Armon Watts dislodging the ball now means Briston Guidry has tallied two touchdowns in his last three games.
In Arkansas' second to last game of 2017, Guidry recovered a fumble caused by defensive line teammate McTelvin "Sosa" Agim in the Mississippi State end zone.
So has 6-2, 292 D-lineman Guidry boasted of his offensive prowess.
"I never heard the end of it," Watts, a senior alternating at tackle with Agim, said. "He needs to be thanking me. He's the luckiest guy I know."
Regardless of 2018 future opponents and locales, the Razorbacks ascend new heights Saturday.
The Fort Collins altitude is 5,003 feet at CSU's Canvas Stadium.
Morris, his assistants and the training staff have stressed since Sunday that the Razorbacks constantly hydrate because of the nearly mile high thin air's effects.
Pool is among those avidly hydrating. However, Pool believes after cramping up in the sauna like conditions during last Saturday's 3 p.m. start in the sun at Fayetteville that the projected temperatures in the 60s for Fort Collins Saturday night seem a comparative breeze.
"Temperatures in the 60s," Pool said. "I love that. I love that.”
Colorado State, 0-2 off 43-34 and 45-13 losses in Fort Collins to Mountain West Conference rival Hawaii and in Denver to instate rival Colorado of the Pac 12, and Arkansas kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CDT televised by the CBS Sports Network.