Arkansas has some big shoes to fill at running back in 2016 with Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams gone to the NFL.
Coach Bret Bielema, who has had at least one 1,000-yard rusher in his 10 seasons as a head coach, believes he already has the guy to carry the majority of the load in sophomore Rawleigh Williams III.
Williams played in seven games last season, rushing for 254 yards and one touchdown on 56 carriers before a serious neck injury sidelined him for the final six games.
“Williams is completely healthy,” Bielema told the SEC Network at SEC Media Days on Wednesday. “He’s been healthy since the spring. I think he should be a 1,000-yard rusher.”
Bielema also noted senior Kody Walker, who is back for a sixth year of eligibility, looks great after dropping over 20 pounds since the 2015 season. Walker had 90 carries, 394 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Bielema added he’s intrigued by the depth at the position.
“We have two freshman T.J. Hammonds and Devwah Whaley, and a guy coming over from the wide receiver position in Damon Mitchell,” Bielema said. “So we’ve got five or six guys that we think can do some good things.”