Bret Bielema's first season at Arkansas didn't go as planned, and now the Razorbacks head coach will have to deal with a bit more adversity with his program.
Four football players are seeking to transfer, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a sitdown interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday.
Linebackers A.J. Turner and Myke Tavarres and running back Nate Holmes are seeking transfer options, Bielema said. The first-year coach said earlier this year cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr. was also looking to transfer.
Linebacker A.J. Turner, running back Nathan Holmes and corner Ray Buchanan Jr. all joined the Hogs in the class of 2012, all as 247Sports composite 3-stars. Linebacker Myke Tavarres was also a 3-star but came as a January enrollee in the 2013 class out of junior college.
None of the four were listed on the two-deep depth chart for the Hogs' final game of the season against LSU.
As mentioned by Jones and Murphy, Turner missed 2013 with a wrist injury, while Buchanan and Tavarres were utilized in scout team and special teams roles.
None of the three recorded a tackle in 2013.
Holmes played a very minor role in the backfield behind a true freshman starter, Alex Collins. Holmes, a sophomore, garnered six carries for 17 yards, seeing action in four games.
While the transfers might not be a red flag for Arkansas, it is never good to lose depth while building a program.
It'll now be on Bielema to fill that void on the recruiting trail. The Razorbacks already claim verbal commitments from one running back and two cornerbacks, though they haven't a single linebacker to the group.
The Hogs will open 2014 on the road against defending SEC champion Auburn.