Arkansas player points out playing at War Memorial Stadium leads to Razorback injuries
If Arkansas is ever going to catch up to the powers that reign the SEC West, it needs to stop playing in War Memorial Stadium.
That’s a belief shared by many, including an SEC Network broadcaster that has worked in the stadium, former players have also spoken out against playing in Little Rock, and now even current players seem to take issue with games in War Memorial Stadium.
Junior linebacker De’Jon Harris recently went to Twitter to issue his complaint regarding Arkansas players getting hurt on the astroturf of War Memorial Stadium.
Check out his thoughts below:
During last weekend’s 37-33 loss to Ole Miss, the Razorbacks were devastated by injuries. Ty Storey, Devwah Whaley and Rakeem Boyd were all lost during the game — Whaley for several weeks to an ankle injury that required surgery. During the team’s trip to Little Rock last season, defensive back Ryan Pulley’s season was lost in the opener after he strained a pectoral muscle playing at War Memorial Stadium.
The concerns regarding the health of Arkansas players playing in Little Rock appear to be a legitimate issue, as Harris certainly isn’t the first player to cite this argument, but it doesn’t even get into the issue of Arkansas giving up a true home game and an opportunity to host recruits for a game that amounts to a travel game for the Razorbacks.
Give credit to Chad Morris and his staff for their efforts to rebuild the Arkansas program, but as long as the Razorbacks play games in Little Rock, the coaching staff will be fighting an uphill battle in the nation’s toughest conference in the nation’s toughest division. Piling on the program by asking Arkansas to fight against unnecessary disadvantages will only make it that much more difficult for the program to climb the SEC ladder in the years to come.
During the offseason, Arkansas extended the War Memorial Stadium contract to the 2024 season. The new deal calls for Arkansas to host Missouri in Little Rock in 2019, 2021 and 2023 and host spring games in Little Rock in 2020, 2022 and 2024. The Razorbacks cannot host recruits during any of those events, including the spring games, which are annually the biggest recruiting events around the nation during the spring period.