April 7th, 2014 11:25 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas
Tags: Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams, SEC, signing day
Arkansas 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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