FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Injured Arkansas defenders Kevin Richardson II and Dre Greenlaw appeared on Bret Bielema’s weekly radio show Thursday night and provided updates about their health.
Richardson, a junior, suffered a severe pectoral tear in the Razorbacks’ season opener against Louisiana Tech. He was the team’s starting nickelback when the season began and won’t be back this year.
Greenlaw, a sophomore and starting weakside linebacker, suffered a foot injury Oct. 8 against Alabama. On the radio show Thursday, Greenlaw told host Chuck Barrett — Arkansas’ radio play-by-play host — that his boot came off last week and that “hopefully by the bowl game I’ll be able to play.”
Richardson is one of the most popular players on the roster among his teammates. He was a former walk-on from Jacksonville (Ark.) High School and earned a scholarship before the 2015 season.
Bielema said Thursday that Richardson had become “one of our best student-coaches out there on the field.” During home games, Richardson sports a headset and is constantly giving his teammates pep talks.
For his part, Richardson said this experience has made his consider a possible future coaching career.
Greenlaw’s injury was particularly difficult for the Razorback defense because of how thin the linebacker corps are. Junior Dwayne Eugene has started every game since Greenlaw’s injury, with true freshman De’Jon Harris also playing some.
Greenlaw — a former Fayetteville High star — started 11 games as a true freshman last season and finished second on the team in tackles.