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Dominique Reed Trying To Run The Not-So-Skinny Post

Arkansas wide receiver Dominique Reed (6-3, 178) is doing every thing he can to add weight and fend off Cody Hollister for the starting split end spot.

Arkansas senior wide receiver Dominique Reed has a problem that tons of people in the United State would no doubt love. 

It seems no matter how much food he eats, Reed (6-3, 178) just can’t gain his desired amount of weight.

He has added eight pounds since he first arrived on campus last summer, but wants to play at 185-190.

 “Man, I eat all the time,” Reed said. “I eat all the time. That's the point. I eat all the time. It's just right now… it's just evened out right now.

“….Basically I go to the Jones Center and eat. I eat what I want to eat sometimes. When we workout, I do shakes and all that. I feel like once I get to running, its going to burn off, anyway.”

He might be fine to play college football, but Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema knows the added weight will be needed for the former Camden Fairview and Coffeyville, Kan., Community College standout succeed in the NFL.

He still doesn't like to eat, which drives me nuts,” Bielema said. “But he's taking a step, I think, in his practice skills. I think he definitely knows the offense. They are very few times where he busts mentally. 

 “…I think he's come a long ways, but if he wants to play in the NFL, he's got to gain 10 pounds. If you want to have a great college career and hang up your spikes, then don't eat and be what you are.”

Reed became a big-time playmaker during the middle of the 2015 season and finished the year with 28 catches for 535 yards and six touchdowns.

His biggest game was hauling in 7 catches for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Arkansas’ 53-52 overtime win at Ole Miss.

“The biggest thing last season was just getting in the playbook and learning the plays,” Reed said. “It became easy after that, but that was the biggest thing I had to do – learn the playbook.”

Reed is in a battle right now with junior Cody Hollister for the starting split end spot per Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith. 

“He’s in a tough battle right now with Cody,” Smith said. “But it's great competition. It's also adding depth. My biggest thing for him this spring and going into this offseason is I want to see him get a little bit bigger. Trying to get him to put some weight on. He's having a good spring.

“…I think the thing that has created the biggest competition is Cody has just been so focused. Whatever he did from the end of the season to now, he's really just been locked in. He's playing well. He's catching the ball extremely well. That's what kind of put him back into position.”

Smith is looking for six receivers for his rotation with Reed, Hollister, Drew Morgan, Jared Cornelius and Keon Hatcher solidly in the mix.

The sixth guy right now would be redshirt freshman Deon Stewart with LaMichael Pettway and Eric Hawkins pushing for time as well.”

“I’m really, really impressed and excited about the way Deon is coming on,” Smith said. “Michael is still a little bit slower in his process, but he's getting better. He's learning it. He's sitting behind Keon and Jared and Drew right now so he's got a little bit further to go.

“But Deon's doing some really good things and I'm excited to watch them go out and show people what they're capable of doing.”

Smith would like to see his receivers take over in the return game.

“I would love to see one of those young guys step up and become one of our primary returners,” Smith said. “That's a challenge for my group. I always tell them, 'I want all you guys to get on the bus. And the way you get on the bus is through special teams.'

“Deon definitely has that skill set that can help us back there as either a kickoff returner or punt returner.”

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