FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is still trying to figure out wide receiver Dominique Reed.
That might be OK if not for this fact: Reed is a senior with only three games remaining in his college football career.
Reed is an enormously talented receiver who might be one of the fastest players in the entire SEC. But he’s only made 10 catches this season for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Case in point: In Saturday’s 38-10 loss to LSU, Reed scored the team’s only touchdown when he hauled in a 44-yard score from quarterback Austin Allen.
The next day, he was late for a team workout.
“We had a little Jesus meeting yesterday,” Bielema said during his Monday news conference. “He’s 50-50. Until he decides to buy in, it’s probably gonna be the amount of reps he gets as well.”
Is it frustrating that he still has these problems with Reed?
“It’s just simple stuff,” Bielema said. “’I thought it was at this time.’
“Well, ‘I thought about playing you, but I didn’t.’
“It’s a little bit of give and take. If he truly would get right with the world, he’d have an opportunity to play beyond here but if the same thing persists … it’ll be short lived.”
Reed, from Camden, Ark., came to Arkansas before the 2015 season via Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He started six games as a junior in 2015 — recording 535 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns — but Bielema has indicated having problems with Reed since fall camp.
At one of his first fall news conferences, Bielema said Reed hadn’t had a good summer and was “half in, half out.”
Arkansas has a bevy of other good wide receivers including seniors Drew Morgan and Keon Hatcher and junior Jared Cornelius, which has helped make up for the uber-talented Reed’s struggles.
But plays like the one he made Saturday — as well as his 51-yard touchdown catch against Ole Miss last month — are why he will likely continue to get chances throughout the rest of this season.