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Bielema: Arkansas RB Collins Isn’t Transferring

alex-collinsArkansas running back Alex Collins isn’t going anywhere.  At least not according to head coach Bret Bielema who called social media “reports” that Collins would leave “completely clueless, baseless and senseless.”  

The sophomore-to-be finished seventh in the SEC last season in rushing yards per game with 85.5.  Overall he carried the ball 190 times for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns.  He earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors for his efforts.

But rumors have swirled that Collins might not be happy in Fayetteville, might be facing a multi-game suspension, and might be interested in transferring closer to his South Florida home.  You might recall that on Signing Day 2013 Collins’ mother raised a stink about her son going so far from home to attend college and play football.  Also, Collins was one of nine UA players suspended earlier this offseason, though no specific reason was given.

Bielema said Saturday — as he shot down those transfer rumors — that Collins has “really grown as a person.”  He added:

 

I think the thing about him is he’s had so much success in life, when he had a bump in the road he had a tendency to try to do things his own way.  And he had to learn how to do the things the way we are here.  I couldn’t be more pleased with where he’s at.  He had to grow a lot.  He had to earn respect from some of his teammates.  He’s doing that bit by bit now.”

 

Collins was part of a one-two punch at running back for the Razorbacks last season.  Junior-to-be Jonathan Williams finished with 150 carries, 900 yards and four touchdowns.

If Arkansas is to improve on it’s 3-9 (0-8 in the SEC) 2013 season, it will need Collins in the fold and on the field.

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SEC Gameday Links: Afternoon Delights 9/14/2013

gameday-linksLouisville at Kentucky

1. Is this rivalry game in danger of ending after the current contract runs out in 2016?

2. Today’s game marks the beginning of a brutal stretch of games for Kentucky – four straight against top-20 teams.

3. Kentucky’s quarterback tandem of Max Smith and Jalen Whitlow rotated in and out 13 times in the first half last week – expect more of the same today.

Southern Miss at Arkansas

4. Razorbacks want to run the ball and control the clock.  Southern Miss is yet another no-huddle offense.

5. Just how good has the running back duo of Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams been so far?   Collins leads the conference in rushing and Williams is third.

6. Southern Miss is the team that current Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson led to an 0-12 season a year ago.

 Tennessee at Oregon

7. Tennessee is on a 16-game losing streak against ranked opponents.  Last time they won against a ranked team, Lane Kiffin was the coach.

8. Expectations for the Vols?  ”A close defeat would be commendable. A win over the Ducks? Jones might have a street named after him in Knoxville before the team’s flight even lands back in town.”

9. Should Alabama lose today at Texas A&M today, Oregon is looking at this game as a chance to vault to No. 1 in the polls. (We’ll have out Gameday Links for Alabama/A&M coming up next).

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Razorbacks Forced To Rally, Mettenberger Leads LSU, Rebels Get It Done

Arkansas 31 – Samford 21. Video Highlights

1. Samford led 21-17 at the end of the third quarter.  Razorbacks rally to break Little Rock losing streak.

2. Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams both go over the 1oo-yard mark. First time in school-history that Arkansas had two 1oo-yard rushers in first two games.

LSU 56 – UAB 17. Video Highlights

3. School-record five touchdown passes for Zach Mettenberger.  Four touchdowns for Odell Beckham Jr., including one that is believed to be first field goal return for a touchdown in LSU history.

4. After the game, Les Miles asked about upcoming Sports Illustrated report about alleged corruption at Oklahoma State that dates back to his time with the Cowboys.

5. “Ultimately the question is this: Uneasy lies the head that rests The Hat?”

Ole Miss 31 – Southeast Missouri State 13. Video Highlights

6. Rebels take 31-0 lead and begin pulling skill position starters.  Ole Miss looking forward to Texas week.

7. Southeast Missouri passing attack puts 13 points on the board in the third quarter to raise some concerns about the defense.

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