FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Alonzo Highsmith Jr. grew up comfortable in the imposing shadow cast by his father, the former standout Miami running back and NFL veteran with the same name.
It wasn't like he had a choice.
"I deal with that all the time, people who think they know me or think they just assume things because ... people just hear the name, and the think they've got you figured out," Highsmith said. "They've got your life planned out for you already before they even know you. I just brush it off."
What Highsmith did choose, like his father before him, was football. And after a relatively slow introduction to the game, the Arkansas linebacker has shown an accelerated learning curve on the gridiron.
His progress has been so fast, in fact, that the Razorbacks are counting on the senior to help anchor a defense eager to prove it belongs with the Southeastern Conference's best.
It's a role the former junior-college standout is anxious to embrace -- just as he's anxious to a...