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Bret Bielema Press Conference Recap - May 5


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Bret Bielema hadn't met with the media since the end of Arkansas' Red-White spring game. A lot has happened in the Arkansas football program, and elsewhere, since.

Here's a recap of what he said and hit on:

Player Updates

Keon Hatcher, who missed the final 11 games of last season with a foot injury suffered in the loss to Toledo, posted on social media recently that he had had yet another foot surgery, causing some to freak. Arkansas is largely expected to have one of the top receiving units in the SEC in 2016, and he's a big part of it.

But as Bo Mattingly tweeted yesterday, the surgery turned out to be precautionary.

Hatcher had a great start to last season, catching 13 passes for nearly 200 yards and a pair of scores. Getting him back healthy, which Bielema says he should be by June, will be great for Austin Allen.

There's also some transfer news. Running back Denzel Evans, who hasn't played a whole lot and likely wasn't expected to this season either, is planning to leave Arkansas. Bielema will be helping him find a landing spot.

Kody Walker, another player who has been sidelined by a foot injury, is working to get back to shore up the running back group as best he can. Bielema said his rehabbing process will take 4-6 weeks, like Hatcher. He also had this to say:

And last, but definitely not least, Bielema spoke on Denver Kirkland and his big, former offensive lineman going undrafted last weekend. For the longest, it was thought Kirkland was the best pro prospect on the offensive line. Perhaps the position change hurt him a bit.

D.J. Dean and Tevin Beanum will also be back full-go for the fall. Bielema said the two have been dealing with things bigger than football of late.

Satellite camps

I'll be honest, I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to this topic. Maybe you haven't either, but Bielema sure has been. And he's giddy to get this thing going. He's attacking this without boundaries.

The Bahamas is a possibility for one of the camps because why not, and also Bielema, Charlie Partridge (FAU) and Dave Doreen (NC State) takes trips there each summer and have been asked about the topic.

He also announced a satellite camp tour.

He will now be referred to as Mr. Worldwide.

Bielema also spoke of an All-Arkansas camp in War Memorial Stadium, a camp in Cowboy Stadium, and potential sites in Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Florida, Michigan and Ohio.