One wide receiver has found the door shut on his career at Arkansas, another is getting close to the same fate and yet another is just coming back through the door to get his restarted.
The one not coming back is redshirt freshman Jojo Robinson, who was suspended for last Saturday’s 54-46 win over Auburn and has had multiple suspensions in his young career.
Bielema, whose Razorbacks (3-4) hosts FCS foe Tennessee-Martin (5-2) on Saturday has been dismissed from the team while sophomore wide receiver Kendrick Edwards is walking a fine academic line.
“Unfortunately for Jojo, the door has closed by his choices,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said on Wednesday’s SEC Teleconference. “We have an mandatory policy about class attendance that unfortunately he went into and that prohibits him from being on the field for a certain amount of time.
“It’s university policy so I can’t really do much other than that. That is kind of the reason it has gone in that direction.
“I understand injuries, I understand that certain things come up in football, but when your purposely self-inflict (loss of) playing time on yourself by not going to class, I just can’t understand that.
“Unfortunately that is going to cost him and there is another guy that is very, very close and that is Kendrick Edwards.
“Those two guys have unfortunately got to learn their lesson the hard way.
“The by-product of that is that there have been a lot of guys getting good reps. Look at the growth of Drew Morgan and in particular Dominique Reed, who just continues to be very impressive.”
Arkansas sophomore Jared Cornelius, who broke his arm earlier this season, is back and ready to go per Bielema.
“Yesterday, Jared Cornelius, J-Red looked as fast as ever and he got out there and played extremely well,” Bielema said. “He should be full force.”
Cornelius was one of three starting wide receivers that Arkansas lost in the first three weeks of the season.
“Keon Hatcher has begun to run around and get back out there a little bit,” Bielema said. “Him and Cody (Hollister) both.
“It is just how fast they are going to be able to come along and see. Cody has no redshirt available so if he can go, he has got to play.
“Keon has the option in front of him – depending on when he would get cleared – on whether he would redshirt or continue to play.”