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Morris gets his former SMU QB as graduate transfer for Hogs

Chad Morris went to Dallas to land the graduate transfer quarterback he was adding for the 2019 season and it is SMU’s all-time passing leader Ben Hicks.

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Chad Morris went to Dallas to land the graduate transfer quarterback he was adding for the 2019 season and it is SMU’s all-time passing leader Ben Hicks, who was in Morris’ first recruiting class on The Hilltop.

He visited Louisville on Thursday and Arkansas over the weekend, including being at the basketball game against LSU on Saturday evening.

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It was reported by various outlets he will be enrolling at Fayetteville this week and immediately start conditioning and be in spring practice, which starts Feb. 26.

Hicks started as a redshirt freshman after the starter went down in the 2016 season opener against North Texas.

He played the remaining 11 games of the season throwing for 2,930 yards with 19 passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. He led the Mustangs to a road victory over then-top 25 ranked Houstonwith 228 yards and three touchdowns.

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Hicks is a pro style quarterback, rated a composite three-star coming out of Waco Midway and redshirting in 2015.

He threw for 3,569 yards, 33 touchdowns and 12 picks and left after the 2018 season with the program’s career passing record topping 9,000 yards.

The Razorbacks now have a five scholarship quarterbacks projecte in 2019. The other four, redshirt sophomore Daulton Hyatt, redshirt freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones and true freshman KJ Jefferson combine for a total 68 game snaps.

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After missing on former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, Morris reportedly gauged the interest of other possible transfer quarterbacks, but the choice of Hicks was easy, considering his experience with both Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock.

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