His performance in this past Saturday morning's scrimmage was certainly a step forward for sophomore-to-be wideout Julian Horton.
Trying to put the phrase scoop and score in his rear view mirror, Horton caught 5 passes for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns in the scrimmage while showing off his speed and hands.
"I just came out here and tried to make as many plays as a I could and make a big impression when my number was called," Horton said. "I just said I am going to try and get in the end zone as much as I can."
Horton, a former Greater Atlanta Christian standout, caught 4 passes for 85 yards last season while playing in all 13 games.
But he is known mostly for one play that he didn't make.
That was when he was unable to scoop and score with a blocked punt – a play that would have put Arkansas ahead late in the Sugar Bowl.
The Razorbacks still had a chance to win it, but Ryan Mallett's interception preserved the Buckeyes' 31-26 win in New Orleans.
"I have just tried to put that out of my mind and use this spring as a new beginning," Horton said. "It hurt when it happened and still sometimes when it gets up there in my head. Especially now that Ohio State is on TV so much with all of its (NCAA) trouble. But I am just moving on and I will make a lot more plays in my career and won't let that be the biggest memory of my career here."
Arkansas is loaded with wide receivers so it is important for the younger ones to make as big an impression as possible.
"I think I have done really well so far this spring," Horton said. "I am behind Joe Adams, but I am just coming in every practice to just ball out. I have a lot of God-given ability and I need to try and maximize that every day."
He feels like he has made the most of his opportunities so far in the Razorbacks' seven workouts with the eighth of the 15 allotted scheduled for Tuesday.
"I have gotten better from the first day I got here last year to each and every practice this spring," Horton said. "I think spring practice is both longer and harder than the fall practices, but it helps you because you get more reps."
Horton admits he is also sporting much more confidence in practice these days.
"Last year when I first got started practicing I was kind of timid and just feeling my way around," Horton said. "Now I come out here with confidence and aggressiveness."
Horton went up in the air to snatch a few passes away from a defender in the air during the scrimmage.
"I've been doing that since high school," Horton said. "If the ball is near me I am going to go get it. That really is my favorite thing. I don't care if there are two people on me or just one, I am going to go after the ball."
Julian Horton had a 52-yard catch-and-run against Vanderbilt in the 2010 season.
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