FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior wide receiver Jared Cornelius has announced he will return for his senior season.
Cornelius made the announcement Wednesday in a self-written post through Arkansas’ athletic department titled “Best Time Of My Life.” His decision comes one day after junior center Frank Ragnow announced he will also return for his senior season.
A native of Shreveport, La., Cornelius has 32 catches for 515 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. He also has 13 carries for 53 yards and a score. He had three consecutive games over 100 yards receiving earlier this season. Two of those three performances impressively came against Texas A&M and Alabama.
“My time as an Arkansas Razorback is not over,” Cornelius wrote. “I owe it to my teammates, coaches, and fans to give all I can for as long as I can. I thank God for the opportunity to stay and play the entirety of my college eligibility. I set high goals for myself. One of those goals is to be successful at the next level. However, I want to lead my teammates to achieve something that has never been done here before.
“I look forward to another year. Thank you for the support and Go Hogs!! #WPS”
Pro Football Focus recently tabbed Cornelius as their first-team all-SEC slot receiver. The site states he’s second in the conference with 2.54 yards gained per route on the season.
With Cornelius and Ragnow back, Arkansas is projected to have eight returning starters on offense entering the 2017 season. Cornelius’ return is huge for the Hogs’ wide receiver group, which will be replacing standout seniors Keon Hatcher and Drew Morgan next season.