FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas true freshman wide receiver Kofi Boateng suffered an ACL tear during the Razorbacks’ Friday evening practice, according to a source close to the program.
A 6-foot-1, 183-pound receiver from Lamar High in Arlington, Texas, Boateng was one of two receivers — along with Jordan Jones — to sign with the Razorbacks in their 2016 recruiting class.
The injury came when Boateng hyperextended his knee running a route during practice, the source said.
The Hogs will hold their first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday afternoon inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Considering Arkansas’ depth and experience at the receiver positions entering 2016, Boateng might have had a hard time getting on the field much this season anyway.
He will return to action next year as a redshirt freshman.
Still, it’s a disappointing setback for a player who is considered to have tremendous upside.
“Kofi Boateng is going to be a good player,” offensive coordinator Dan Enos said earlier this week. “He’s done some good things.”
Boateng posted a vague reference to his injury on his Twitter account Friday evening.
Major set back, supreme comeback.
— Kofi Boateng (@BGKofiboateng) August 13, 2016