Fayetteville junior receiver Jordan Dennis has seen plenty of highlight plays this season while watching college and NFL football.
But Dennis (6-1, 170) made his own last Friday night in a 28-11 win over his former team Springdale.
Dennis reached around a defensive back, batted the ball in the air and then hauled it in while in the end zone for a touchdown right before halftime.
"I didn't see the ball at first because I lost it in the lights, but it was about to be a pick so I was just trying to deflect it away from the defensive back," Dennis said. "I saw it just go straight up in the air and I was then able to make a play."
Dennis has caught 24 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns this season for Fayetteville, the defending Class 7A state champions who have won their last three games after going 0-2 to start the season.
He has become the favorite target of Purple Bulldogs quarterback Austin Allen, an Arkansas commit that has passed for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns coming in.
Fayetteville's offensive coordinator is Zack Clark, the former Purple Bulldogs and Arkansas quarterback.
"I love this offense," Dennis said. "Coach Clark is a great coach and has a lot of great plays. And with Austin, I don't have to worry about passes this year. Austin is a great quarterback."
He admits that the build up to last Friday's game with his former team gave him some nerves.
"I was pretty nervous coming in, but all my teammates and all my friends started texting me to stay cool and look at it as just another game," Dennis said.
As good as Dennis has been, he has not played at 100 percent this season despite performances like seven catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Muskogee earlier this season.
"I really need to work on my stamina," Dennis said. "I have been cramping up lately for some reason I do not know. I am just going to start running every day so I can get my stamina back.
"I probably not as fast as I need to be either right now because of my knee injury, but I am getting there," Dennis added.
Dennis makes it clear where he would like to play his college football.
"I like Arkansas so much that if I don't get a scholarship offer from there, I am still thinking about going there and walking on," Dennis said. "Tulsa and Oklahoma have been sending me letters lately."
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