FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas true freshman running back T.J. Hammonds will be part of the Razorbacks’ 70-man travel roster for Saturday’s game at TCU.
Hammonds suffered a minor knee injury that required surgery while warming up for the team’s first scrimmage of fall camp. At the time, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema spoke like Hammonds would be forced into a redshirt season, but he recovered quickly.
The Little Rock, Ark., native was suited up for the Razorbacks’ season opener against Louisiana Tech last weekend but didn’t play.
“He’s doing good,” running backs coach Reggie Mitchell said after Wednesday’s practice.
Hammonds was a four-star prospect from Little Rock’s Joe T. Robinson High School and signed with the Hogs in February. He was competing for carries with Rawleigh Williams III, Kody Walker, Duwop Mitchell and fellow freshman Devwah Whaley before the injury.
“As the season goes on, we will try and build a role for him,” Mitchell said of Hammonds. “But we have a bunch of guys that are playing well right now. He understands that.”
Against Louisiana Tech, Williams, a sophomore, was the team’s top rusher with 24 carries.
Walker, a sixth-year senior, recorded six carries against the Bulldogs, while Whaley only carried the ball twice.