FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas wide receiver Jared Cornelius was held out of practice Friday due to “tightness” in his back. It is unknown at this time how long he’ll be out, though the expectation is the Razorbacks will err on the side of caution.
SEC Country has learned he “tweaked” his back during workouts in June. The senior dealt with back issues throughout last season, missing the Hogs’ win over Texas State as a result. He did not participate in the Belk Bowl loss to Virginia Tech, though that was primarily due to a knee injury. His current ailment is not believed to be serious.
Coach Bret Bielema said Thursday, the first day of practice, Cornelius was only recently cleared to practice. He was limited for portions of practice Thursday for precautionary reasons.
Cornelius is a lock to start for the Razorbacks and the only senior wide receiver on the team. He’s the Hogs’ top returning pass catcher after hauling in 32 receptions for 515 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior.
Potentially his greatest obstacle while being sidelined is keeping his weight under control. Listed at 5-foot-11, 212 pounds, Cornelius has regularly had to monitor his weight over the last year. During winter workouts he was up to 220 pounds, presumably because he’d been out with the knee injury. Both he, Bielema and wide receivers coach Michael Smith said at the time that was too heavy.