Nike is known for creating uniforms that flash and dazzle, often steering away from a school’s traditional look. But the sports apparel company also recently designed shoes for an Arkansas player to help offset a nagging injury.
Nike made the special shoes for Arkansas running back Alex Collins, who dealt with an injured big toe last week during preparations for UT-Martin.
“He had a little toe — I guess I should say a big toe injury,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. “Nike worked great with us and got him some special shoes on Wednesday. He felt good on Thursday.”
Collins rushed for 173 yards and a career-high five touchdowns on 16 carries in just three quarters of play in Saturday’s 63-28 win over UT-Martin. He eclipsed the 3,000-yard career rushing mark and is the active career leader in the SEC.
Bielema had high praise for the junior’s performance.
“I thought that as fresh as his legs were that he would have a big day today,” Bielema said. “To get him out of that fourth quarter uninjured and not to reinjure that toe was a big deal. It’s good to be going into SEC play to close this out, and to have him at full strength is big.”
Arkansas travels to Ole Miss this week and to LSU on Nov. 14. The Razorbacks will close out the season with Mississippi State and Missouri at home.