It's almost as if Jeff Little is living out a dream after going through a nightmare.
Little, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Watson Chapel, is one of the most physically impressive prospects on hand this week for Houston Nutt's Football Camp.
That's even if he is a virtual unknown to most University of Arkansas football fans after tearing his ACL on the third play of his first game as a junior.
"Man, that was tough," Little said. "I cried because I knew right then on the third play of the first game that my whole season was over with. But I just went to work hard everyday in rehab. It was supposed to be a six-month rehab and I got it done in four. I had a lot of desire to get better."
The rehab obviously went very well as evidenced by the fact that he put down a sizzling 4.49 in the 40-yard dash on Sunday night during that camp.
"I had never run a 4.49 in my life, but I knew if I worked hard with this rehab that it would be better than ever," Little said. "I was pretty excited about putting down a 4.49."
That's a great time for any guy his size, not to mention one coming back from a knee injury. He was able to go through spring practice – one of the workouts that he did so in front of UA offensive coordinator David Lee.
"It felt great getting back out there for spring practice," Little said. "They wouldn't let me have too much contact, but I am back 100 percent now."
He makes no secret that his intention is to be a Razorback and he is trying his best to turn heads and earn a scholarship this week.
Little doesn't want to have to look any other place but Arkansas.
"I have a lot of desire to be up here in Fayetteville," Little said. "I want to be a Hog. I am going all out for it this week. I have been in Arkansas all my life and it's my home team."
Little, who played fullback as a sophomore, is just one of seven Watson Chapel players in the camp this week.
"We think we are going to be very good this season." Little said. "Real good. I cant wait to hit somebody."
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