Arkansas’ Kody Walker: “I had to step up in a big way”
Arkansas running back Kody Walker returned from injury with full force rather than easing back into action last Saturday. In his return from a thumb injury that sidelined him four games, Walker entered the Auburn game and made an immediate impact.
“Oh yeah for sure, I kind of got thrown in there,” Walker told reporters Tuesday. “There wasn’t any time to sit there and feel your weight. My number was called and I had to step up in a big way, and that’s what had to happen.”
Walker didn’t post gaudy numbers — 32 yards on eight carries — but he scored two pivotal rushing touchdowns, both after regulation of the four-overtime 54-46 win, and caught a two-point conversion in the fourth overtime. He was named the team’s co-Offensive Player of the Week along with quarterback Brandon Allen.
Walker is now listed as one of the possible starting running backs in the Razorbacks backfield along with Alex Collins, who rushed for 105 yards on 25 carries last weekend. Collins watched from the sideline after his second fumble of the game. This week’s depth chart lists Alex Collins “or” Kody Walker as the starter.
Collins is the SEC’s active career rushing leader with 2,913 career yards. He’s slightly ahead of Alabama’s Derrick Henry (2,416) and LSU’s Leonard Fournette (2,386).
Walker, who played with a small cast on his hand last week, said playing meaningful snaps and finding the end zone twice gives him more self-assurance moving forward in the final half of the season.
“It definitely gives me confidence after all these injuries,” Walker said. “That’s something I need so definitely it gives me confidence going forward.”