Arkansas junior running back Alex Collins acknowledges he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he knows how to find food when he’s hungry.
The SEC’s active career leader in rushing yards (2,913) and Arkansas’ top rusher in last week’s 54-46 four-overtime win against Auburn, Collins finds himself still batting for the starting running back job in the Razorback backfield.
He’s listed along with Kody Walker as the possible starter for this weekend’s homecoming game against UT-Martin. Collins posted this message Thursday on his Instagram:
“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. Wasn’t fed by a silver spoon but got food when it was time to eat. Nothing in life is just given. Or comes easy. gotta work hard for it. I’m just trying to be great.”
Collins had two fumbles in the Auburn game and hobbled off the field twice. Collins never left the sideline in overtime, but Kody Walker got all the snaps in the extra period and scored two touchdowns. Though Walker had just 32 yards on eight carries, he was named the team’s co-offensive player of the game (along with quarterback Brandon Allen).
After the game, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had harsh words for Collins.
“Alex Collins pissed me off,” Bielema said in his post-game media conference. “He was late for breakfast this morning. He’s got so much potential. The only guy who limits him is him.”
Though Collins showed no direct correlation between his social media post about getting food when it’s time to eat and Bielema’s comment about missing breakfast, one thing looks evident: it looks like Collins is hungry to get the starting spot and prove that he’s still a premier back.