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He can hoop, but can Marcus Monk make Panthers?

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Marcus Monk carries a unique resume as he scrapes to make an NFL roster.

The receiver is a giant target on Carolina's practice field with his lanky 6-foot-5 frame. He also carries the negatives of recent major knee surgery and being cut twice.

Then there's that basketball thing. Seven months ago he matched up with - and beat - NBA top draft pick Blake Griffin.

Not far removed from his brief stint on Arkansas' basketball team, Monk is back on the football field in his windy, detour-cluttered road to the NFL.

Monk faces long odds with the Panthers, however. He'll have to jump over several on the depth chart to make the 53-man roster.

Red Wolves start fall workouts at Jonesboro, Ark.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State football coach Steve Roberts said it was apparent Friday at the Red Wolves' first fall workout that players hadn't practicing for a while.

"One thing you see coming off the summer is players doing things like not taking a perfect step, not seating the ball, not getting depth on a drop - things that you get by with when it's not live," Roberts said. "So it's back to fundamentals at every position."

The workout concluded a day in which coaches and players met with media who will be covering the Red Wolves during the upcoming season.

Bears open fall practice at Conway, Ark., in heat

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque says he wasn't pleased that several players were unable to finish Friday's first fall practice because of the heat.

"That's not good because they're not getting better and that means we're not getting better as a team," Conque said.

But he said the attitude and enthusiasm of his players was good.

2 Razorback swimmers compete in 100m breast

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Two swimmers for the Arkansas Razorbacks have finished competing at the U.S. Open at Seattle, Wash., by swimming in the 100-meter breast stroke event, but finished far back in the field, the university said Friday.

Leah Pierce finished in 30th place with a time of 1:11.53, according to a news release, while Erin Neumann was 71st with a time of 1:14.73.

Arkansas' Alison Templin will compete in the 1500-meter free style on Saturday, the release said.

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