Indians prepare for Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 6th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

JONESBORO, Ark.--Arkansas State coaches moved some players to new positions to get better athletic talent on the field as the team prepares to face Oklahoma, the university said Tuesday.

Sophomore Corey Williams was shifted from outside linebacker to defensive end and freshman Chris Hogan was moved from inside linebacker to the outside position.

"We visit about personnel daily, and we've got to play some younger guys," coach Joe Hollis said. "We feel like that Corey would fit our scheme better as a down defensive lineman, so were going to give him an opportunity to work there, and hopefully he will play some this weekend."

"We're looking at Chris Hogan some as an inside linebacker and outside linebacker," Hollis said.

The Indians practiced for the first time since returning from the double-overtime loss to North Carolina State on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Jamie Pond sprained a knee in the N.C. State game and is listed as doubtful.

Running back Danny Smith and safety Keith Headley were held out of contact after suffering minor injuries. Smith (pinched nerve) and Headley (sprained shoulder) were to be examined on Wednesday, but were expected to be available for Saturday's game at Oklahoma. Offensive lineman Burt Samples returned to practice Tuesday.