Jason Peacock is not so bored anymore.
That was the phrase that Citrus (CA) College head coach Ron Ponciano used to describe his offensive lineman Peacock (6-5, 330) in terms of his dominance last season in junior college.
"In all honesty, even though he was going up against some defensive linemen that are Division I signees, he just toyed with them and I think he got bored at times," Ponciano said. "Now they will get him up there at Arkansas, get some more muscle on him and he'll just be a monster."
Now that he is at Arkansas facing more talented players, Peacock – a native of Georgia - is getting all the competition he wants.
"I'm not going to tell a story, when I was in junior college I did get a little bored because I was just able to be dominant all the time," Peacock said. "But here, it is not like that. I have to compete on every play, every snap or I will get embarrassed. That makes it fun and challenging."
Peacock was not ready to transfer when the second semester started in January, but was able to take a mini-course and get into school in February and thus go through spring practice.
"I am glad I got the chance to come early, get ahead and learn the plays and push for a starting position," Peacock said. "It is such a big advantage for me."
Peacock made his decision to attend Arkansas on what amounted to a 48-hour official visit. Now that he has been in Fayetteville almost two months, he is certain that he made the right choice.
"The campus, the school, the fans are all wonderful," Peacock said. "I go into Wal-Mart and people stop working to talk to me because they love the Razorbacks. It has been a great experience for me."
Getting to Arkansas early has allowed Peacock a chance to learn from offensive line coach Chris Klenakis and Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.
"Coach K is doing a great job just working with me on my fundamentals and my technique," Peacock said. "I am just getting in my playbook and getting that down pat. There is a lot of terminology when compared to junior college. It's the same concept, but just different terminology. There are a lot of plays to learn."
Klenakis loves having the early time with Peacock.
"This is just huge for Jason," Klenakis said. "Not only does he get the chance to learn the offense, but it allows him to get used to things academically. It is putting him so far ahead.
"He is very athletic and this (football) is very important to him," Klenakis added. "He is serious about it, he wants to be a good player and he is excited to be playing at Arkansas and it is important for him to be a Razorback and he takes a lot of pride in it. He is going to be a very good player."
Peacock started his post-high school career at Georgia Military College, but soon returned home and ballooned to over 400 pounds while working to support his family.
A family friend hooked him up with the Citrus College coaches and now he finds himself preparing to play in the best conference in college football.
"I am just so thankful for the people who saw something in me, worked with me and got me to where I am at," Peacock said. "My coaches at Citrus College got me to where Coach K and Coach Petrino thought I was good enough to take a chance on and could play Arkansas football.
"I am thankful for my mom and dad keeping my head on straight and all the family support," Peacock added. "It's been wonderful and I have put in a lot of work."
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