Chad Morris shares latest on Nick Starkel, thoughts on Ben Hicks' performance in tough loss to Texas A&M
Arkansas came close to finally ending the program’s losing streak to Texas A&M, but as has been the case annually in the Southwest Classic, the Razorbacks came up just short on Saturday in a 31-27 defeat.
Chad Morris’ search for his first Southeastern Conference win will continue for another two weeks (Arkansas is on a bye next weekend before facing Kentucky in Lexington), as his team failed to score on their final drive of the game after being stopped on downs at the Texas A&M 19-yard line.
Morris is now 0-10 against SEC competition and 4-13 overall as Arkansas coach.
Given the fact his team lost to San Jose State last weekend, the performance put up by the Razorbacks was impressive, especially when you consider Nick Starkel was lost for the game in the second quarter and Ben Hicks had to come in and finish the game.
Hicks finished the game 15 of 27 for 188 yards and one touchdown. Starkel was 12 for 17 for 109 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Starkel was injured making a tackle after throwing a red zone interception.
After the game, Morris was asked about the status of Starkel following the injury that kept the quarterback out of the second half of the game.
“I don’t know right now,” Morris said according to Whole Hog Sports. “I know he was just hit on the left arm and couldn’t gain any strength in that left arm. We’ll re-evaluate and move on.”
Losing Starkel could have been a blow that did Arkansas in, but thanks to the solid performance of Hicks, the Razorbacks managed to stay in the game following the injury to the team’s starting quarterback.
“I thought he did an incredible job of coming in in a tough situation and really responded,” Morris said. “I thought that side a lot about his drive and character, and a lot about his preparation because he was definitely prepared. He did give us a chance and I’m excited about what he was able to do moving the football down the field.”
Arkansas is now 2-3 on the season following this loss to Texas A&M.
Morris: Proud of our team. Need to find ways to win games like this, and we will. Losing is not acceptable. There are no moral losses. pic.twitter.com/G1cxF69yqQ
— Kyle Deckelbaum (@KATVKyle) September 28, 2019