Coach Joker Phillips said freshman quarterback Patrick Towles will miss Saturday's game after sustaining a high right ankle sprain in last week's loss to Mississippi State. Towles was already one of the Wildcats' replacements this season for starter Maxwell Smith, who is out indefinitely with an injured ankle, and freshman Jalen Whitlow is expected to start against the Razorbacks.
"We've got a young team that just got younger," Phillips said.
Arkansas is no stranger to injuries this season, the latest being the season-ending setbacks suffered by Highsmith and Wright. Highsmith, who leads the Razorbacks with 54 tackles, injured his foot against Auburn, while Wright underwent surgery Friday to repair an injured shoulder.
Arkansas has already lost its top two fullbacks (Kiero Small and Kody Walker) for the season with injuries. Also, tight end Chris Gragg is expected to miss Saturday's game with a bone bruise suffered against Rutgers — though cornerback Tevin Mitchel is expected to return after being injured in a loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 8.
Even Wilson, last year's first-team All-SEC quarterback, has missed a game and a half this season — though this week's car accident won't keep him from playing.
"Obviously, it is now how we wanted it to turn out," Wilson said. "We wanted to win every football game, but you learn a lot about yourself, you learn a lot about your team, how to get through to guys when things aren't going just as you planned it to. That is how I am looking at the past three or four months - five months really. ... But having said that, there is no reason why we can't go forward and win some games while learning from that process."