A broken hand didn’t keep Arkansas cornerback Jared Collins out long.
As reported by SEC Country’s Jason Kersey, coach Bret Bielema said Friday at the Football Kickoff Luncheon in Springdale, Ark., that the defensive back broke a hand earlier in the week but only missed a few plays.
“Probably one of our most steady performers since I’ve been here is Jared Collins,” Bielema said. “Traditionally one of the best GPAs on the team. A guy that, probably everybody would say needs to be a little bit bigger, needs to be a little bit taller, but just continues to battle through. He broke his hand the other day and missed like two plays, popped back in and came back next practice and didn’t miss a beat.”
Of course, it’s good news for Arkansas that Collins’ injury isn’t serious. The senior had 44 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble last year. He started 13 games last season and 12 in 2014, so he’s a familiar presence in the Razorbacks’ secondary. And Arkansas lost two cornerbacks to injury earlier in the week, senior D.J. Dean (hamstring) and sophomore Britto Tutt (ACL), so another absence would have hurt.
Clearly, it takes more to keep Collins out.