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Arkansas wide receiver TJ Hammonds is going to miss significant time

Injury bug is living in Arkansas with T.J. Hammonds out — and it could be for a while

Eric Bolin

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Just the worst timing

Arkansas wide receiver T.J. Hammonds was dynamic enough as a freshman last season to get some playing time in the backfield with Rawleigh Williams III and Devwah Whaley. Coaches love his skill set and think he can be a dangerous threat on the outside. They moved him to wide receiver after last season, and as recently as two days ago, he was receiving first-team reps.

That is going to have to wait, though. Hammonds is going to miss at least several weeks with what is thought to be a meniscus tear. Sources say the injury is to the same right knee in which he tore the meniscus last fall camp.

Phil Steele says it, so something has to be true about it

Phil Steele is the publisher of the most widely read, well-respected college football preview magazine in the country. His predictions related to standings are the best in the country. So, when he speaks about expectations, people tend to listen.

Steele was in Fayetteville to talk Razorbacks at the NWA Touchdown Club. You can read just about everything he had to say in this 1,000-word quote-fest over at WholeHogSports.

They say the most popular player on the team is the backup QB

And Arkansas doesn’t have one yet. Or, if you prefer, the Razorbacks have two backup quarterbacks. Sophomore Ty Storey and redshirt freshman Cole Kelley are vying to be Austin Allen’s top reserve. So far, Storey has held off Kelley’s charge. So far. Read more about what each brings to the table and just how Arkansas reached this situation.

Arkansas lands another in 2018 class

Maureese Wren, a linebacker from Mesquite, Texas, announced his commitment to the Razorbacks on Wednesday night via Twitter. The 3-star prospect is the 12th commit in the Class of 2018.

The other NWA Touchdown Club speakers

The whole list of speakers was unveiled Wednesday. They are:

  • Football coach Bret Bielema (Aug. 23)
  • Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer (Aug. 30)
  • Athletic director Jeff Long (Sept. 6)
  • SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb (Sept. 20)
  • ESPN College football stats researcher Chris Fallica (Sept. 27)
  • SEC Nation host Laura Rutledge (Oct. 3)
  • Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (Oct. 11)
  • Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel (Oct. 18)
  • Former Ole Miss and Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville (Oct. 25)
  • Former Arkansas and NFL safety Ken Hamlin (Nov. 8)

Stylin’ and profilin’

Freshman defensive back Jordon Curtis will almost definitely redshirt his first year at Arkansas. The Jenks, Okla., native will work mostly at cornerback, a place that puts him in the limelight. Off the field, Curtis likes that. He’s a fashionable type of guy, wrote Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Tim Cooper. Plus, #OKPreps, baby.

Tweets and the like

Hand to the heavens, Bo Mattingly’s radio show is the best sports talk show in the state of Arkansas. It’s really not close. If you’re college-aged (or so) and in NWA, there are worse internships to have. Holler at him. Hint: dropping my name will do you no good.

First-year Arkansas tight end Jeremy Patton was a late arrival to camp after coming in from junior college. And even though he’s in his first year at Arkansas, it’s his third year of college football. He knows he doesn’t have a whole lot of time to make his mark.

Wait. Wait. Wait. You’re telling me Dan Skipper got into a scuffle on the football field? No way. That’s sarcasm, folks. The former Arkansas offensive lineman was known for his temper on the field, for good and bad. One of the most memorable moments for me as a reporter was watching him get into it with freshman McTelvin Agim during his senior year. Good stuff. Looks like he’s still “Skip” with the Cowboys. Love it.

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