By Otis Kirk
Arkansas will be without its starting quarterback Ty Storey on Saturday against Tulsa.
Storey, a junior, was injured early in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss last week. However, he was at practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chad Morris was asked about Storey’s availability on Wednesday.
“He’s out here again today,” Morris said. “Cleared for practice today. It’s pretty much day-to-day with him right now.”
That statement was a little more guarded regarding Storey than the one Morris gave on the SEC Teleconference when asked if he anticipated the quarterback playing on Saturday.
“Well, you know, right now I do,” Morris said. “I thought he looked really good. He was – well – he was actually the last person on the field throwing to receivers at the end of practice yesterday. Did some good things. We wanted to get him out there. He was cleared and the doctors wanted to get him out there and let him kind of go through drill work, go through practice and see how it worked and how he felt. So we’ll re-evaluate again today. But he’s been cleared to go so we anticipate him playing right now on Saturday.”
ESPN Radio Arkansas was the first to report that Storey wouldn’t play on Saturday. According to a source close to the situation, Storey hasn’t progressed enough on Thursday to be cleared to play.
In his absence, true freshman Connor Noland and sophomore Cole Kelley are the candidates to replace Storey. Noland and Kelley have been splitting second-team reps in recent days. Noland got some first-team reps on Wednesday.
In seven games with two starts, Kelley has completed 34 of 63 passes for 448 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Noland has completed 4 of 7 passes for 25 yards and one interception.
Arkansas and Tulsa will kickoff at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It’s homecoming for Arkansas and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.