Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith will miss spring practice with an injured pectoral muscle. Highsmith is a rising senior and a leader on that Hogs’ squad. He recorded 80 tackles and 4.5 sacks a year ago, and he is the top returning tackler. This is bad news for a defense that needs to gel around its returning players. Here’s to hoping for a full recovery for 2012. [Whole Hog Sports]

Bobby Petrino says replacing three known commodities at receiver will be ‘weird’. Weird? How about scary. The top three receivers in Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs are all gone. The remaining piece of the puzzle is Cobi Hamilton. Also, there are 12 other players who will be playing receiver this spring. But all of those 13 combined do not equal the talent lost from a year ago. [Arkansas Sports 360]

There is leaf growth on the Toomer’s Corner trees, and that is encouraging experts. As we all know, Harvey Updyke poisoned the trees, but they are showing signs of recovering. There is foilage growth all over the canopy, and fresh, healthy roots are growing. Leaves are not showing the visible damage they were a year ago from the poison. They are on the road to recovery, we all hope! [AL.com]

Former Gator tight end and H-back Omarius Hines is switching to running back. Running back? Yes, running back. You may ask why? There are no proven commodities at running back on this roster. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey are now gone, and the Gators need depth. Hines, Mike Gillislee and Mack Brown highlight the group, along with incoming freshman Matt Jones. This should be interesting. [Gainesville Sun]

Nine Gators will miss spring practice because of injury. All of Lerentee McCray, Jeremy Brown, Dominique Easley, Marcus Roberson, Ian Silberman, Neiron Ball, Cole Gilliam, Tommy Jordan and Kedric Johnson will all miss spring practice. The highlights of the group are of course McCray, Easley and Roberson, with the other players being depth, mostly. [Palm Beach Post]

Missouri quarterback James Franklin sprains his throwing shoulder. The season is six months away, which is a good time to get hurt, but this team has to get Franklin healthy. He was diving after a fumble when he hurt his shoulder. Franklin had a monster 2011 season, but I’m sure he would have wanted to still make improvements this spring. [CBS Sports]