HOOVER, Ala. — Jeremy Sprinkle has big shoes to fill in replacing 2015 John Mackey Award winning tight end Hunter Henry as the starting tight end at Arkansas.
But first, he must clarify questions about his weight at SEC Media Days.
One of the more surprising revelations found in the 2016 Arkansas football media guide was that Sprinkle, who played in 2015 at 255 pounds, was listed at a trim 240 pounds.
On Wednesday, Sprinkle clarified that he had not been on some sort of weight-loss program during the off-season. In fact, he hadn’t lost much weight at all.
“That’s just inaccurate,” Sprinkle said of the listed weight. “I’m actually about 252 right now, but I’m going to gain about three or four more pounds. So I’ll be 255 or 256 to start the season.”
That news may come as a relief to many Arkansas fans who have watched Sprinkle work hard to put on weight during his career in Fayetteville.
During his opening comments on the main media stage Wednesday morning, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema referenced Sprinkle’s starting weight of 205 pounds when he arrived on campus.
“He was as skinny as skinny gets,” Bielema said.
Sprinkle finished the 2015 season on a hot streak, catching six touchdown passes during the Razorbacks’ final seven games. That included what many considered a breakout three-touchdown performance against Mississippi State.
“He could be a Mackey Award winner,” Bielema said. “He has that kind of talent.”
Sprinkle was named to the award’s preseason watch list, and may be a popular choice as a preseason All-SEC selection at the position.