Arkansas running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins were the most dynamic running back duo in all of college football in 2014. The pair rushed for over 1,000 yards apiece and they were looking to carry the team into SEC West contention in 2015.
It looks like the Razorbacks will be losing one of their two running backs for most of the 2015 season. ESPN’s Joe Schad reported via Twitter that Williams had foot surgery and that will cause him to miss playing time this season.
There has been now news on how long Williams will be out this season, but the term “extended period of time” is never a good thing to hear when regarding an injury. Head coach Bret Bielema commented on the situation and talked about the positive nature the team has about him being able to return sooner than believed.
“I have no doubt that Jonathan will come back stronger than ever. Anyone that knows Jonathan Williams knows this is just another opportunity for him to prove the man of character and substance that he really is,” Bielema said in a statement. “It’s an unfortunate injury to a great young man, but we are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. There are short and long term impacts of how he proceeds and we want to make sure he does what’s best for him and his family, and his career beyond Arkansas.”
The Razorbacks open the season on September 5 when they host UTEP.
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