Several Arkansas football players channeled their inner Air Jordan on Tuesday. Some styled and some profiled.
“I need something freaky, man,” said the monstrous player holding the microphone and serving as the impromptu emcee to the football team’s dunk contest.
And freaky they got.
The dunks were not graded, so we had our own scale to measure their acrobatic feats.
The winner of the night appeared to be freshman defensive lineman Jamario Bell, who was a high school basketball player at Junction City (Ark.) High.
The team first cleared a path for Bell to run the length of the court and fly his 6-foot-5, 253-pound frame from the free-throw line. He jammed it down, but only scored a 9 on since he took off from just inside the charity stripe.
Bell redeemed himself with a perfect 10 when he drove in from the left side and soared over a young man who was looking down on his phone. The dunk slammed through the basket and Bell probably also blocked the phone signal.
Most of the dunks on the night drew rousing noise and eruptive cheers from the football players standing around the court.
Dunks included: off the backboard, high bounce passes to themselves, 180’s, 270’s and reverse jams.
Then there was wide receiver Keon Hatcher, who tossed the ball in the air and let it bounce, and then flew in to catch it while sailing in sideways for a left-handed jam. He scored an 8 for his efforts and ingenuity.
Defensive back Josh Lidell scored a 9 when he drove the lane for a Dominique Wilkins-style windmill dunk.
Sophomore offensive lineman Frank Ragnow showed that white men really can jump. Even really big white men. Ragnow, listed at 6-5, 312, simply drove the lane and leapt for a simple slam-it-down dunk. He received a 6 — mostly because a man that big who can jump high enough to dunk gets an extra point or two. Ragnow played on his high school basketball team in Chanhassen, Minn.
The football team continues preparations for the Liberty Bowl game on Jan. 2 against Kansas State.
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