Coleman Getting Ready to Run

Camden Fairview star Rod Coleman missed his team's first two games this season, but got back into action last Friday while leading his team to a win.

For a moment, Camden Fairview star Rod Coleman saw his whole senior season flash before his eyes.

It happened in a preseason scrimmage against Pine Bluff Dollarway when the quarterback ran the option, pitched the ball and then felt the pain.

"This dude hit me from behind and my ankle got twisted underneath me," Coleman said. "At first I thought it was broke and my whole senior season was going away."

Luckily, it turned out to be just a high ankle sprain, one that would keep Coleman off the field for his first two games.

The University of Arkansas commit, who will line up at either wideout or defensive back in college, finally got on the field last week in a 35-19 win over Magnolia.

"II still am not 100 percent and can't run like I want to, but I did throw two touchdown passes and got back into things," Coleman said. "It was just great to be back out there on the field. It was pretty bad sitting over there on the sidelines and not being able to help my team."

Camden Fairview (2-1) opened the season with a 27-24 loss to Jonesboro before bouncing back to down Fordyce 10-7.

"I think we would have beaten Jonesboro if I would have been able to play," Coleman said. "But I was just getting therapy every day, doing some stair stepping and strengthening it so I could for sure be ready for conference action."

That begins this week against Benton.

"I think we have a great shot to win the conference and make the playoffs," Coleman said. "We've got some good backs and I think our offense can get it done against anybody. Plus I am getting better each day."

Coleman, also a standout basketball player, decided back in August to be a Razorback after a junior season in which he passed for 671 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 641 yards and another 8 scores.

He got offered a scholarship after running a 4.38 at an Arkansas camp this summer and also showing off a vertical jump of 35 inches.

"I feel great about my decision, but I know that I just have to play harder now because everybody is gunning for me," Coleman said. "I just have to go out every night and make plays."


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