LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs is trying to
learn more about his NFL prospects, but his father says he's
inclined to return as a Razorback for his senior season.
"Right now he's leaning toward coming back, but he's just
keeping his options open just in case," Gary Luigs said Friday
night. "He's concentrating on the bowl game."
Jonathan Luigs was this year's recipient of the Rimington
Trophy, given to college football's top center.
College players can complete forms that are submitted to an NFL
advisory committee, which estimates where a player might be taken
in the draft.
Luigs, listed at 307 pounds and 6-foot-4 at the beginning of
this season, redshirted his first season at Arkansas in 2004 after
being recruited from Pulaski Academy at Little Rock, so he has
another year of college eligibility left.
"We're getting evaluated by the NFL to see where he might be
projected to go in the draft -- and make a decision from there,"
Gary Luigs said. "He graduated this week, actually. ... I figure
that's as big an accomplishment as anything he's done."
The Arkansas media guide says Luigs was pursuing a degree in
transportation and logistics in the UA College of Engineering.
The Razorbacks face Missouri in the Cotton
Bowl. Junior tailbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are also
considered candidates to turn pro -- so Luigs is not the only
underclassman who might have to weigh his options.
"He's taken some preliminary steps," Gary Luigs said. "That's
about it. As far as really getting into it and really researching
it, no, we haven't done that sort of thing -- because we're
anticipating coming back and playing his senior year."