Two key Razorback defensive backs will not play in Arkansas’ final game against Missouri following inappropriate behavior last Saturday.
Junior Ryan Pulley and sophomore Kamren Curl were suspended by coach Chad Morris following reports that the two players were seen flirting with members of Mississippi State’s dance team instead of warming up with the team before Arkansas’ disconcerting 52-6 loss to the Bulldogs in Starkville.
“They will not be here today or yesterday or any part of this week for unacceptable behavior,” Morris said on Monday following practice. “For actions that are completely unacceptable to anything we’re about.”
Pulley, in his 11 appearances, has 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and leads the team with three interceptions. Meanwhile, Curl has 53 tackles and a forced fumble through his 11 games.
During the game against the Bulldogs, Pulley managed one tackle while Curl added four of his own. With the duo being regular starters on defense, the suspensions will no doubt shift defensive coordinator John Chavis’ game plan against the Tigers on Friday.
Among those that may receive the nod to play significant minutes versus Missouri are freshmen safeties Myles Mason, Joe Foucha and Jarques McClellion along with junior Britto Tutt.
“That's the way it is. It's next man up,” Chavis said. “That's what they came here for: to be an Arkansas Razorback and get an opportunity to play. The opportunity is there and we're gonna see how ready we can get them. I'm sure they'll be excited about playing on Friday afternoon."