It’s a position group that had some question marks leading into fall camp with the loss of it’s number two player. The wide receiver room seems to have a chip on it’s shoulder led by Treylon Burks. This group is poised to share that they aren’t just a one trick pony in Burks either.
The Razorbacks need to have a few guys step up and in the first day of practice, without pads, some of them showed they could do some work. Rising senior, De’Vion Warren returns to the Hogs in 2021 fresh off an ACL surgery and seems to be picking up from where he left off. Warren recorded just under 300 yards and three touchdowns before his injury. His experience and big play ability (19 yards per catch in 2020) will be huge as Arkansas finds their number two guy this fall.
“De’Vion showed up today,” said Jefferson.
Still wearing a knee brace, Warren has been fully cleared to begin practicing according to Pittman. He is taking in limited reps during the first few practices but is said to be looking good.
“Warren fell down a few times but he got up. So that makes you feel good,” said Pittman. “He is a hardworking player, loves Arkansas and is a leader for this football team.”
Arkansas landed a surprise early on during the offseason when they landed former Florida State receiver Warren Thompson. The 6’4 wideout transferred to Arkansas as a walk-on and will work his way up to earning a scholarship.
“Warren Thompson is a great looking kid at 6’4 220,” said Pittman. “His relationship with (Kendal) Briles while at Florida State was something that helped him get to Fayetteville. Usually we don’t take kids off their high school tape when they’re in college but we offered him a spot as a walk-on with the opportunity to earn a scholarship.
Arkansas’ current starting quarterback KJ Jefferson was very complimentary of Thompson, too. He said that he really caught the ball well and is gaining confidence each and everyday.
Someone that might be overlooked is sixth year senior Tyson Morris. Pittman mentioned he has battled consistency issues during his time at Arkansas but believes he could have a good final season at Arkansas.
“Tyson Morris has great leadership. He carries himself well and is very overlooked,” said Jefferson.
Morris has made a few plays here and there throughout his Razorback career. Consistency will be the key for him moving forward if he wants to see playing time this fall.
“Morris made some good plays today. Consistency is key for him because he can catch the football,” said Pittman. He looks better this summer but I anticipate him having a good fall camp.”
Jefferson mentioned that Trey Knox made a few good catches throughout practice. Returning senior tight end Blake Kern made a few great plays as well.
Something seen sparingly last year was the use of the running back catching balls out of the backfield. Jefferson did say that Smith caught the ball well out of the backfield today while also running great during certain situations.
Finally, we all know the irreplaceable player on the whole team is Treylon Burks. He commands respect the moment his feet touch the field. If you are even going to try and defend him you best have eaten an extra serving of Wheaties that morning.
Jefferson seems to love the security blanket that he has in Burks.
“Treylon always finds the mismatch on the field and will always find a way to make a play out of it,” said Jefferson. “He is a special guy and puts in the extra work after practice to be just that.”
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