Restless Tenpenny

Injured North Little Rock tailback Altee Tenpenny (5-11, 200, 4.37) loved being on hand to see Arkansas bash New Mexico last Saturday, but what he really wants to do is get back out on the field himself - something he hopes to do late this season when his broken ankle heals.

North Little Rock tailback Altee Tenpenny would love to take a handoff this Friday and outrace defenders to the end zone.

But that is still a ways off as the celebrated Charging Wildcat is still feeling the lingering effects of a broken ankle suffered during the preseason.

"That is the toughest part about this whole thing," Tenpenny said. "I hate not being able to play and not being able to help my teammates."

Tenpenny, who took in Arkansas' 52-3 bashing of New Mexico last Saturday night in Little Rock, will have to look on from the sidelines.

"After my surgery, which was last week, the doctor told me that it would be some six to eight weeks before I could think about playing again," Tenpenny said. "I went back this week and he said it was looking great and I might be able to start out walking before too long."

He was on crutches at the Razorback game, but plans to be on the field before the season is over.

"My goal is to be able to get back for the last one or two games of the regular season and then to be able to play in the playoffs," Tenpenny said.

It certainly put a damper on what had been a tremendous spring and summer for Tenpenny, who had 1,232 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns last season as a sophomore.

His performance at a Nike Training Camp on the campus of TCU and another swoosh-sponsored event in Oregon called The Opening landed him a half-dozen scholarships.

He got offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss, who actually offered first.

Tenpenny was pleased with all the calls he got after the injury.

"All the schools were calling and checking up on me and wanted me to know that I shouldn't worry about my scholarship offer and that it was still there," Tenpenny said. "That was great to hear. The Oklahoma State and Arkansas coaches have really been great about continuing to check on me and that means a lot to me."

He did enjoy taking in the Razorbacks' win at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

"I thought Arkansas played great the other night," Tenpenny said. "There are some things that we could have done better, but overall we dominated the game and I just loved the overall atmosphere."

That included having a red, white and blue Razorback painted on the field, the same logo sticker on the Arkansas helmets and a crowd that was coordinated in red, white and blue sections.

"That was just great," Tenpenny said. "I thought it was a great tribute. The Arkansas fans are like no others. The whole state supports the Razorbacks and is just one. It is very special.

"That is one thing that really appeals to me is the fans," Tenpenny added. "If I were to go to Arkansas, I would be playing not just for a team, but for the entire state because our fans are all behind the Razorbacks."

He plans to take in a few more games on college campuses this season.

"I doubt this injury is going to keep me from going to see a few more games," Tenpenny said. "I am definitely coming up to see Arkansas play Auburn (in Fayetteville) and may go to a couple more Arkansas games.

"I'm also definitely going to Auburn and Alabama and may go to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State games."

Tenpenny's team opened the season 1-1 with a 49-14 season-opening loss to No. 1 Bentonville and a 20-13 win over Little Rock Catholic.

The Charging Widlcats host Springdale this Friday night.

The match-up with Bentonville would have been highlighted by having both Tiger junior running back Tearris Wallace and Tenpenny had he not suffered the injury.

"That would have been nice," Tenpenny said. "I become pretty good friends with him this summer when we were at a couple of camps. He's different than I am in that he is not a speed guy, but runs with a lot of power and is a great player."

He just wants back out on the field.

"I miss it a lot," Tenpenny said. "It really makes you not take anything for granted. I am going to work hard and get back out there and I still think we can get it done this season."





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