Not many college football players can say they have five touchdowns yet no official college games.
That's the case with Arkansas freshman running back Kody Walker, who scored five touchdowns on short goal line runs in the first three games of last season before suffering a stress fracture in his tibia.
Walker (6-2, 240) – whose injury required the placement of a rod in his leg - gets a medical redshirt and restarts his career, but the touchdowns stand.
"That feels great," Walker said of the touchdowns. "It didn't end like I wanted it to because I got hurt, but to get a taste of it, that was good. I feel more prepared to get in there this year having a chance to see what it was like."
Walker, who had 20 carries for 58 yards last season after choosing Arkansas over Missouri, is nearing being totally healthy as spring practice continues.
"I don't feel 100 percent just yet, but I feel like I am getting there and close," Walker said. "I would say about 90-something percent. I am still working in the training room doing maintenance work on my leg."
Walker is coming off a good off-season, but like many of the Razorbacks was not allowed to max out in the weight room during testing.
"I feel like I could do better," Walker said. "I got stopped because of my injury. They didn't want me to do too much. I felt they were pretty good, but they could be better. I am still working hard so the next time we test I will be able to do what I want to and what I want to get above."
Arkansas returned to practice Tuesday after taking a week off for spring break and will also practice Wednesday and Friday this week.
Walker stressed that he and his teammates made sure to work out while on vacation.
"You know you just can't go through a week and do nothing and expect to come back and be ready to go," Walker said. "I think everybody on the team knew what they needed to do to take care of their bodies."
Arkansas appears loaded in the backfield this season with Knile Davis returning to join seniors Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo as well as Walker.
The Razorbacks are also adding in a pair of standout signees in Allen (Texas) star Jonathan Williams and Norman (OK) standout Donovan Williams.
They have powerful Keiro Small and Morgan Linton as fullbacks to lead the way.
"We didn't have a lot of guys there last season, but we are having great competition this spring and it's going to get even better when we add in the new guys," Walker said. "Everybody is just trying to find their role so we all can do whatever is needed to help us win."
Davis was a first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending injury last August.
He is likely to be called upon around the goal this season, but Walker will be ready if his number is called.
"Knile looks great and is a great leader," Walker said. "He looks ready to have a great season and that's what we all are planning to do. We are going to make sure we are as balanced an offense as can be this season."
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