Coleman Changes His Mindset

Arkansas senior Tiquention "TQ" Colman (5-10, 207) wasn't exactly happy about his move to a hybrid linebacker spot from safety at first, but now is on board and excited about this Saturday's Red-White game.

Count Arkansas senior Tiquention Coleman among those people who will be taking a moment before sending their latest thoughts out on Twitter.

Coleman (5-10, 207) decided that after sending out a tweet last week that expressed his unhappiness at the time with going from a full-time safety to a hybrid linebacker spot.

That was on top of a junior season in which he expect to see significant time after transferring from Georgia Military College only to have just two tackles in mostly special team play while appearing in 11 of the 12 games.

"I really shouldn't have done that," Coleman said. "It was a distraction for my team and it was just a lot of frustration this being my last year and me feeling like I am capable of doing some things that a lot of people can't.

"It was just a little frustration," Coleman added. "I really shouldn't have put that out there like that."

That frustration was certainly understandable as he came in hoping to grab himself a starting safety spot, not line up a few yards off the ball and battle giants.

"It certainly is a lot more physical than a defensive back, I can tell you that," Coleman said. "You are playing around with 330-pound offensive linemen almost every play and it takes a toll on your body, especially with me being at 200 to 205 pounds and a defensive back in the box. But I am mentally tough enough to do it so I don't really complain about it.

"It was a little frustrating, but at the same time we are a 3-9 ball club last year so whatever it takes to get a winning record and go to a nice BCS bowl, that's what it is," Coleman added. "It's all about winning. So it doesn't really matter to me at the end of the day."

He has ended up deciding to take the move as a compliment instead of a punishment.

"I don't see anybody else that they really would have just come moved to play linebacker," Coleman said. "That meant a lot. They think I can do things other people can't to move me there. I just have to think positive about the situation and just come to work, work hard every day and get better."

Linebacker Brooks Ellis likes what he has seen from Coleman at his new.

"He is a cannibal," Ellis said. "He just goes in there and fires away. He's big-time up in there. He has made some good plays and done a good job...He's fun to play with. He explodes and tackles so phenomenally. He does a great job of hitting people and is really fun to watch."

The Razorbacks will host their Red-White game on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the first team offense and defense wearing Red facing the rest of the team in White.

"I am trying to go out there, make plays, cause ball disruption and lead the team in tackles," Coleman said. "Just do what I do. A lot of people have not seen do that because I didn't really touch the field. I am just trying to go out there and play my best like I have done my whole life."





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