Inside all true Hog lovers a flag of fandom flies.
Today, it hangs at half-staff.
Head coach Bret Bielema just announced Jonathan Williams, widely considered as the nation’s top senior running back, will miss the rest of the regular season with a foot injury suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage. While teammates are saying all the right things about rallying in his absence, there’s no getting around the fact this is a serious downer of a newsflash.
Fortunately, though, the Hogs still have talented backs in Alex Collins, Kody Walker and Rawleigh Williams, and they still have an absolutely loaded offensive line by which holes for them will be rammed. Behind future NFL Draft picks like Sebastian Tretola, Frank Ragnow, Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper, this line could contend for the best in program history.
Which perhaps explains some of the extreme bop in offensive line coach Sam Pittman’s step as he strutted into the team’s indoor fieldhouse for a recent training session. Mid stride, Pittman realized he was being filmed for a UA-produced Mic’d Up segment. “Oh, I didn’t know he was taping that. I was walking out like I was King Kong Bundy,” he told a group of snickering linemen. “Which I’m not, so I’m gonna walk out like normal people do.”
Indeed, Pittman is no 6’5″, 458 pound wrestler once dubbed the “Walking Condominium” by Gorilla Monsoon. But he’s big on keeping things light, and this is the sort of good humor which will go a long way as a much-need andidote to the kind of bad news all teams endure over the course of a season. In the Hogs’ case, it just struck a little earlier, and harder, than normal.
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Defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson – “Physically, I feel like we should be the best in the SEC”
After Friday practice
Whole Hog Sports [1:21]
Razorback Nation [2:20]
Defensive back Kevin Richardson, on working at free safety
After Friday practice
Whole Hog Sports [1:40]
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