NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Those who showed up for the Arkansas Combine Saturday could probably easily pick out which young man was the headliner and future Razorback.
Arkansas tailback commitment Juan Day (6-1, 210) just looks the part of a chiseled SEC running back and continued his quest to lower his 40 time with a 4.56 as he and some 170 participants went through the 16th annual event.
"I feel like I can run a 4.4 eventually, but to me I don't feel like the 40 is something that I have to do," Day said. "I play better on game day. I have game speed."
Day rushed for just under 1,000 yards last season while splitting backfield carries with Alabama signee Altee Tenpenny.
"Last season was really my first year of playing varsity football and I got the feel for the game speed and I feel like this year I should be better because I am more calm and relaxed at practice," Day said. "I am looking to get more carries, come out and start and show what I can do.
"...I feel like I can find the holes really good and one thing I like to do is fight for extra yards," Day added later.
Day committed to Arkansas the day that head coach Bret Bielema and his Razorback staff offered him back in February.
"Coach Bielema is down to earth and (running backs) Coach (Joel) Thomas is real cool," Day said. "We have a real connection and are always talking about plays and stuff."
While Day is fully committed to Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss have stayed in contact.
"Coach (Tim) Horton from Auburn still talks to me and so does Ole Miss," Day said. "But I am solid to Arkansas. I am going to be a Razorback."
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Day was among the stars of the day as were several young men who put down big-time 40 times.
That included Camden Fairview cornerback Keyondre Henry – who had a 4.28 and three times of 4.37 or below – and North Little Rock's Kavin Alexander, who put up a 4.29 while getting nipped in a match race with Henry.
The best time by a bigger athlete on the day was the 4.38 ran by Jacksonville defender Kendall Donnerson, who had two low times of 4.38 and a 4.41. He had over 100 tackles last season while playing linebacker and defensive end.
White Hall's Irvin Tisdale, a 6-0, 195-pound tailback, also had a 4.38 while the Fordyce duo of Charles York and Larry Buckley both had 4.4.
Perhaps the best looking linebacker there was Smackover linebacker Kevante Lowery (6-4, 210), who is drawing interest from Arkansas and Arkansas State among other schools.
Final stats from the combine will be released later.
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