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Arkansas receiver Joe Adams returned to practice Tuesday after missing the Razorbacks’ game against Vanderbilt with an ankle injury.
The junior said his injured ankle is “about 80 percent” but should be full-speed by the weekend. The No. 18 Razorbacks visit No. 19 South Carolina on Saturday.
“I thought he did all right,” Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “We’ve got to continue to evaluate him throughout the week and see how it goes. I think he kind of feels the urgency that he needs to get out there. But we’ve got to continue to evaluate him.”
Adams has 30 catches, 544 yards and 4 touchdowns this season – all second among Arkansas receivers behind Greg Childs, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
“I wasn’t able to do the punt return duties, but got into some of the other stuff,” said Adams, who was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week prior to the injury. “I’m getting better.”
McGee said he expects younger receivers such as Cobi Hamilton and Julian Horton will step up in Childs’ absence. Horton had a 52-yard reception against Vanderbilt in place of the injured Adams.
“We recruited well at the position,” McGee said. “We’ve got a lot of good players; a lot of fast kids. They’ve been training hard all season. They looked good. We looked as good as we could.”
Horton, a freshman, said his confidence is high following Saturday’s game.
“That was really big,” Horton said. “I’ve got to stay humble, though, and just keep working because I’m only a freshman and that’s just the beginning for me. It’s a big confidence boost because they’ll know my name around Arkansas, but I’ve got to keep working.
“I’m getting better every week in route-running. The first week of camp it wasn’t good, but as the season has gone along it has gotten better just understanding the whole scheme of things and the whole concept of the plays.”
Keeping Up With the Joneses
Suspended defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones was back at Arkansas practice Tuesday, nearly a week after being arrested for possession of marijuana. Jones was suspended for the Vanderbilt game and his status for this weekend is uncertain.
Freshman defensive tackle Byran Jones wasn’t at practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter against the Commodores.