Healing Tejeda

Springdale kicker Alex Tejeda (5-10, 170), who has offers from both the University of Arkansas and LSU, shows his injured leg is coming back strong during Saturday morning's session of the Razorbacks' Seniors Camp.

Perhaps there was no one better at what they do on a football field at this weekend's University of Arkansas Seniors Camp than Springdale standout Alex Tejeda.

Tejeda (5-10, 170), regarded as the best kicker the state of Arkansas has produced in a long, long time drilled field goal after field goal on Saturday morning in the kicking phase of the camp.

That accuracy and his leg strength are why Arkansas and LSU both offered Tejeda – who has shown 60-yard range in practice and drilled a 55-yard one in a game – back in the spring, something almost unheard of for a kicker.

"I haven't gotten any more offers, but have continued to have contact with Oklahoma State and Nebraska," Tejeda said. "Everything has kind of calmed down since I got hurt back in the spring. Arkansas and LSU are really the only schools I am looking at right now."

Tejeda, who hit 75-of-80 PATs, 3-of-4 field goals and put 80 percent of his kickoffs through the end zone last season for the Class AAAAA state champion Bulldogs, hurt his leg while playing soccer this spring and has been working hard to rehab it.

"It is getting there," Tejeda said. "It feels a little weak sometimes and a little sore, but for the most part it is getting healthy. We are still working on it, rehabbing it and trying to get it stronger and back to where its been. Hopefully we will get there soon. Right now I would say it is about 90 percent. I am still a little bit cautious and paranoid that it might happen again."

He had planned to attend several kicking camps this season, but the injury changed his plans.

"I was, but I decided not to and just let my leg heal up some more," Tejeda said. "I've just kind of been hanging out and enjoying the summer with my family."

Tejeda has good feelings about Arkansas where his Springdale High head coach Gus Malzahn is now the offensive coordinator and former Red Bulldog stars Mitch Mustain, Damian Williams, Ben Cleveland and Andrew Norman are incoming freshmen.

"Certainly there is a lot to like about Arkansas when you think about my teammates and friends being up there and Coach Malzahn," Tejeda said. "It is certainly at the top of my list, but I want to just take a little time and be sure of everything. Obviously I like a lot of things about the Razorbacks and think they have a great future ahead of them."

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