Arkansas will be faced with replacing star running back Alex Collins in 2016, and coach Bret Bielema is hoping a slimmer Kody Walker will be able to shoulder the load.
Bielema said the senior is down to 243 pounds and hopes to see him below 240 by the beginning of the season, according to Gatehouse Media’s Eric Bolin.
“He’s never been an every-down back, so we’re trying to get him conditioned for that,” Bielema said on Monday, according to Whole Hog Sports’ Andrew Hutchinson.
Walker ran 90 times for 394 yards and six touchdowns in nine games as a backup last season. He weighed more than 250 pounds in 2015.
Another tailback who could see the field often is sophomore Rawleigh Williams III. The former three-star recruit’s freshman campaign ended tragically when he sustained a neck injury in late October that immediately required surgery. Bielema said Williams has been cleared to practice but he will not participate in contact drills, according to Hutchinson. Williams rushed for 254 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries last season.