FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas senior wide receiver Keon Hatcher made his return to the field last Saturday against Louisiana Tech after missing the final 11 games of last season with a foot injury.
Hatcher made several big plays in the Razorbacks’ 21-20 win. He had 6 catches for 86 yards and a couple critical receptions on the Hogs’ game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
“Last week really gave me life,” Hatcher said. “Sitting last year, that was one of the hardest things I’ve every had to do. Being able to come back and play with my guys, man, I mean I’ve just got to leave it all out on the field.”
Hatcher was off to great start last season with 198 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 catches until getting injured in the second game of the season. Coach Bret Bielema has on several occasions mentioned how impressed he’s been with Hatcher’s resiliency to bounce back from the injury. Bielema said Hatcher was one of the Razorbacks’ two offensive MVPs, along with running back Rawleigh Williams III, against Louisiana Tech.
“Keon is one of those guys . . . you can rely on him,” senior wide receiver Drew Morgan said. “No matter what down. He proved it when we needed a big play (against Louisiana Tech).”