FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Freshman running back T.J. Hammonds appears destined to get on the field in some capacity this fall despite Arkansas having several options at his position.
For now, the bulk of the carries are still expected to go to sophomore Rawleigh Williams III, senior Kody Walker and freshman Devwah Whaley, but Hammonds’ versatile skill set makes him an intriguing option.
Through the first week of fall camp, he’s been used at running back, split out as a receiver in an empty formation and worked as one of several kick and punt returners.
“I tell you what, T.J. has great feet,” said running backs coach Reggie Mitchell. “He really does. He can stick his foot in the ground and get north and south really quick. He’s got great change of direction. Great ball skills. He’s athletic. I think from that standpoint, he’s a little different from any of the guys that we have. I think that his acceleration is probably different than the other guys that we have. “
The biggest adjustment so far for the 5-foot-10, 197-pound Hammonds has been working in the Razorbacks’ pro-style offense. Hammonds is more used to working out of a spread offense, which was used while he was at Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.).
“I feel like they’re just trying to get me on the field as quick as possible and just use me in all types of ways,” Hammonds said following the first of two practices Friday.
“When you come in, you don’t really think about redshirting. I came in thinking that I’m going to be able to have an impact on this team and help this team win.”