Arkansas Razorbacks running back Kody Walker has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will be able to play in both 2015 and 2016. The university made the announcement, which was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
Naturally, Hogs coach Bret Bielema was ecstatic over the news.
“We are very excited to have Kody with us for an additional season,” said head coach Bret Bielema in a statement. “Adversity has defined him throughout his career and he has championed the moment. Every person on our staff and every player in our locker room is pulling for Kody to succeed and we expect him to be a major contributor to our football team these next two years.”
Walker getting the extra year of eligibility was bound to happen, as his college career has been hampered by injuries. In 2011, he was limited to three games before both hurting his ankle and suffering a stress fracture in his shin. The next year, a broken leg limited him to two games.
Now, he can look forward to competing at full health and not having to worry about running out of eligibility. Though he split time between running back and fullback in the past, he will be at the former position full-time this season. In his years with Arkansas, Walker has rushed for 250 yards and seven touchdowns.
Combined with that of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, Walker’s presence ensures that the Arkansas running game is definitely going to be one to watch in 2015.
Arkansas opens 2015 at home against the UTEP Miners on September 5.
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