Tobias Enlow’s senior season was over before it started.
The North Little Rock wide receiver tore his ACL in a scrimmage last month and will not play for the Charging Wildcats this season. Instead, he is shifting his focus to helping his teammates.
“It’s really tough,” Enlow said. “It took me a couple of days for it to really sink in, but now I’m okay. I’m basically being a coach now for the players, just coaching them up on the little things so they can do better in the games and get the W.”
Enlow said the injury came on a noncontact play and he had surgery Aug. 26.
“I just tried to run to the outside and change directions real quick and my knee just popped,” Enlow said. “Nobody even touched me. That’s the crazy part.”
When he initially went down, he thought it was his bone and hoped it didn’t damage any of his ligaments. However, an MRI revealed the ACL tear. His MCL was spared.
The injury has not changed his status with Arkansas, who offered him a preferred walk-on spot after impressive performances at camps this summer. There is even a chance he could earn a scholarship offer.
In the weeks since going down, Enlow said he talked to some of the Razorbacks’ coaches.
“They’ve been talking to me lately, talking about how they want to see me at a couple of games and hope I do better,” Enlow said. “They said they’re still going to recruit me.”
Other schools that are looking at him – such as Mississippi State, Louisiana-Monroe and UCA – have also contacted him.
The schools that have already offered him – Arkansas Tech, Henderson State, Missouri State, Ouachita Baptist and Southeast Missouri State – have reached out to him since his injury, as well.
While sidelined, Enlow said he has been doing upper-body workouts in the weight room, such as bench press and curls. That said, he knows there’s a long road ahead when it comes to his lower body.
“It’s going to be a long process with my legs to come back, but I’m just doing upper body,” Enlow said.
Enlow said the timeline for him to return to football activities has slated February as when he’ll be 100 percent.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day,” Enlow said.