CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said before practice Monday he expects running back Kody Walker and linebacker Dre Greenlaw to play in Thursday’s Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech.
Walker and Greenlaw have been out since Oct. 8, when Arkansas lost 49-30 to No. 1 Alabama.
“He popped out here and did really well yesterday,” Bielema said of Walker. “I think we’ll back off him considerably today knowing tomorrow is a walk through. Friday we’ll shine and polish.
“I think you’ll see him for sure on game day.”
Arkansas coaches have been hopeful for some time that Greenlaw would be able to play in the bowl game, but the news about Walker is exciting because his college career was considered over.
The Missouri native and sixth-year senior went through eight surgeries during his time as a Razorback.
“So excited,” Rawleigh Williams III said of Walker’s return. “That’s my big brother. To have him in our room again, and to have him practicing with us, it’s something to give us all a little extra boost because we want to sen him out with a win in his last college football game.”
Williams, a sophomore, led the SEC in rushing during the regular season.
Walker rushed for 110 yards in six appearances this season before a foot injury seemingly ended his college career.
“Kody’s been through a lot,” said senior receiver Keon Hatcher. “That’s one of my guys, one of my closest friends. I’m just so happy he can go out there and play his last college game, because he’s been through so much with the injuries and the surgeries and stuff likes that.
“Hopefully he gets to tote the rock a little bit and maybe score a touchdown.”
As for Greenlaw, Bielema said that he isn’t sure if he will start Thursday, but that “he’ll play a significant amount of time.”
Greenlaw broke his foot during the Alabama loss.