FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas senior wide receiver Dominique Reed has apparently found himself back in Bret Bielema’s dog house.
Reed, whose first quarter fumble stifled Arkansas momentum when it was driving to take a two-touchdown lead, barely saw the field in the final three quarters of Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M.
“(I) gave him a shot on Saturday even though I didn’t feel great about his preparation week,” Bielema said Monday. “He’s a kid that has very, very special talents, but I don’t care if you’re as fast as Usain Bolt. If you’re not gonna do the way we ask you to do it, if you’re not gonna hang onto the football, you’re not gonna be on the field.
“The ball’s in his hands and hopefully he responds the right way this week.”
Reed caught 28 passes for 535 yards and six touchdowns last season. His main role this season has been as a kick returner, but after his fumble against the Aggies, he wasn’t even back deep for every kick return.
Bielema said at the beginning of fall camp that Reed’s summer wasn’t very good and questioned his commitment. Reed then suffered an ankle injury that limited him some before the season started.