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RB Alex Collins makes history for Arkansas

Alex Collins, Khyri Thornton AP

Arkansas running back Alex Collins became the first freshman in SEC history to gain 100 yards or more in his first three games after getting 115 in the Razorbacks’ 24-3 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

He’s also the first freshman in the NCAA to do so since oneĀ Adrian Peterson did it in 2004.

Collins had 21 carries for 131 yards in his debut against Louisiana and then followed that up with 172 yards on 24 carries against Samford. His yardage against Southern Miss came on 25 carries and included his second touchdown of the season.

The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder from Ft. Lauderdale was one of the most highly-recruited running backs in the nation this past recruiting cycle. He chose Arkansas over Miami in a highly-publicized decision that went against the wishes of his mother.

It seems like it’s been a good move so far. In fact, Arkansas can make a claim to having perhaps the best running back duo in the country right now, as Collins’ teammate, sophomore Jonathan Williams, also has three-straight 100-yard games to start the season.

Between the two of them, Williams and Collins have 811 yards and five touchdowns in their first three games.

It seems like new Arkansas coach Brett Bielema is used to having excellent running back duos. His past standout pairs from his Wisconsin days include Montee Ball and James White, and P.J. Hill and John Clay.

If Williams and Collins keep it up, they’ll rank right up there with the best of Bielema’s backs before they’re through.

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8 Responses to “RB Alex Collins makes history for Arkansas”
  1. ningenito78 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:29 PM

    Alex Collins vs. Paul James next week in Piscataway.

  2. woopignation says: Sep 14, 2013 10:47 PM

    Woo Pig… this kid is the truth! He gives Arkansas fans hope in a season with no real expectations

  3. cwk22 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:42 PM

    At least us HOG Fans have one thing we can be excited about this year.

  4. afrancis55 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Big Deal. He did it against the likes of Samford, Southern Miss, and Louisiana Lafeyette. Lets see how he does against real competition

  5. ningenito78 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:08 AM

    Rutgers-Arkansas is going to be a barn burner next week. Assuming Gary Nova can play.

  6. roanboon says: Sep 15, 2013 4:37 AM

    Arkansas fans, look forward to 5 to 6 years of well-executed traps and sound off-tackle runs. Plenty enough to secure a cavalcade of high-end but non-BCS bowl births year after year.

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 15, 2013 5:43 AM

    Arkansas is rebuilding. They have been through a lot. No excuses, but that is what it is. They have a great freshman running back. They will add a few more talented players, or some may come forward from their present roster and they will be competitive. The Razorbacks are not far from that place. Even in their present situation, it would not be wise for any team to take them lightly or give them openings.

    Best to Arkansas on continued building.

    From an LSU Fightin’ Tiger.

  8. cwk22 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:43 AM

    Yes, we have been through a lot. Sad to say we fans thought the future would have been brighter. Not so. So lets rebuild, take our SEC lumps, and move on. GO HOGS!

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