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More RB attrition possible for Arkansas

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As we move into the second half of the season, Arkansas is sitting solid at 5-1, with their only loss coming to a very, very good Alabama team (did we mention the Tide are really good?). But suffice it to say the weakness of the Razorbacks has been their inability to run the ball consistently — due in part because of offensive line problems, as well as injuries to the running back spot.

Starting RB Knile Davis is already gone for the year with a broken ankle; Dennis Johnson had been fighting injuries over the past year and Broderick Green has only recently returned from an ACL tear. Now, the Razorbacks backfield could be losing another contributor for the year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that RB Kody Walker has been dealing an ankle problem over the past few weeks, and might try to obtain a medical redshirt for the rest of the year. A medical redshirt can be applied when a player misses 30 percent or less of the season.

No timetable for return has been set if Williams can’t redshirt.

“That’s something that Jon (Fagg), our director of compliance would have to look into,”  offensive coordinator Garrick McGee told the Gazette when asked about Williams redshirting. “If we can’t get his year back, we probably should have recruited another (big) guy by the time he’s a senior, anyway.”

Williams is fifth on the team 20 carries for 68 yards and 5 touchdowns. To give a sense of how much Arkansas has been running the ball by committee, receiver Joe Adams is the team’s second-leading rusher with 136 yards — 92 of which came on a touchdown run against Auburn in Week 6.

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7 Responses to “More RB attrition possible for Arkansas”
  1. bwing1313 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:03 AM

    his name is Kody WALKER

  2. 78lion says: Oct 13, 2011 2:23 PM

    Thought it was 30%?

  3. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 13, 2011 2:49 PM


    Here’s the criteria for medical hardships. Got it off the VT website. There’s a lot more to it, but this basically outlines it:

    The student-athlete may not have participated in more than two contests or dates of competition or 20 percent of the team’s completed contests/dates of competition.
    The injury or illness must occur prior to the completion of the first half of the season.
    The injury or illness does not have to occur during practice/competition, but it must be incapacitating.
    Appropriate medical documentation must exist and be provided.

    Hope this helps.

  4. 78lion says: Oct 14, 2011 6:58 AM

    an amendment to the medical hardship criteria, passed by the NCAA in April.

    Here’s what the amendment says: A player can compete in 30 percent of a team’s games – instead of 20 percent – in the first half of the season and still be eligible for a medical hardship waiver. For example,

    “At the end of the day, it was a value judgment that 30 percent of the season better represented a good opportunity to have meaningful participation in that season,” said Chad Hawley, the Big Ten’s assistant commissioner for compliance. “If the idea is for student-athletes to have four full seasons of competition while they’re in college, the thought was that 30 (percent) gets a student-athlete closer to fulfilling the idea of full participation.”

  5. 78lion says: Oct 14, 2011 6:59 AM

    That was April of 2007.

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 14, 2011 9:35 AM

    Ah, Good catch, 78. Thanks

  7. sports_dude says: Oct 15, 2011 11:56 AM

    Horrid article!

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