If you’re looking for a couple of veterans who could play big roles for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2016, coach Bret Bielema has a couple of candidates in mind.
“As long as I’ve been in this profession, there’s that one, two, three seniors that finally just get it and jump out,” Bielema said after Saturday’s spring game. “And we got guys on both sides of the ball in (tight end) Jeremy Sprinkle and (defensive end) Deatrich Wise that could make some big jumps in short fashion.”
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Sprinkle was a big part of the team last season, with six of his 27 receptions going for touchdowns. However, Arkansas figures to lean on him even more in 2016, considering the Razorbacks need someone to step up and replace John Mackey Award winner Hunter Henry’s production (51 catches, 739 yards, three scores).
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise needs little introduction himself after amassing eight sacks as a junior in 2015, seven of which came in the final four games.
“The only person who will limit Deatrich is Deatrich,” Bielema said. “He’s an exceptional player. The good Lord gave him a lot of skills, gave him a tremendous body, just genetic makeup to play the game. I like the maturity that he stepped forward with this year, especially in the spring.”