Childs, Please

After being passed over for the All-SEC preseason first and second teams, Arkansas wideout Greg Childs got some national recognition Tuesday when he was named to the Bilentnikoff Watch List.

He may have gotten inexplicably snubbed on the All-SEC preseason first and second teams, but apparently University of Arkansas junior wide receiver Greg Childs is still good enough to watch.

The 6-3, 217-pound junior wideout from Warren was one of 51 players named Tuesday to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for an award given annually by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club for the top receiver in college football.

"It is always good to get some recognition," Childs said. "I was just thinking I get to be on this list, but not the others ones. I wasn't really sweating it too much. It is just preseason. It is just a watch list for now. We still have to see how the whole season goes and then we can say who really deserves the awards."

Child, who had 48 catches for 894 yards and 7 touchdowns last season, led the nation in yards against top 25 teams with 402 yards.

He also was tops in the SEC with 13 receptions of 25 yards or more and had a league-leading- 16 fourth-quarter catches.

The young star also was tops in SEC games alone in the following categories: 737 yards, 6 TDs, 92.1 yards per game and 23 yards per catch.

"Greg Childs is bigger and stronger," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said. "He can be a dominant player. Again, Greg needs to understand he needs to be consistent all the time. That's what he is working on; his consistency catching the ball at practice and mentally approaching practice on a consistent basis."

Childs said after Tuesday's second of two practice that he likes watching current NFL wideout Calvin Johnson, Terrell Owens and Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson.

"I kind of like watching Calvin Johnson," Childs said. "He would just go out there and big boy people. Being as big as he was, he still played receiver and he was fast and he was physical. (I) try to be big like TO and smooth like Chad."

Childs is part of a fantastic quartet of returning wideouts for the Razorbacks along with fellow juniors Jarius Wright and Joe Adams and sophomore Cobi Hamilton.

"It is really kind of unlimited because we have got so many players," Childs said. "We got some at receiver that can make plays. It is not just one person. All of receivers are fast and quick and can catch the ball."

"There is no telling what is going to happen," Childs said. "We are already in the group of top receivers now, but we just want to keep getting better. There is no gray area when you come to practice. Either you get better or you don't."

Asked if he would like to add another receiver from one of the other SEC teams to his group, Childs said no way.

"We don't need no more receivers," Childs said. "We got all we need right here. Other teams can have the receivers they want, but my receiving core here is the best one so I wouldn't change it."

Childs, Wright and Adams have been trying to take the new freshmen receivers under their wings.

"I see that they are learning real quick," Childs said. "They really take to teaching. If they are doing something wrong, me or J(arius) or Joe will come up and tell them how they need to run a route or get off a press a certain way. And then they will go out there and do it exactly how we told them to do it."

They have been too many dropped passes for Petrino.

"I don't think it is so much assignment errors as it is the heat taking a toll," Childs said. "You are going to get tired, but you have just got to push through it."

In Tuesday's first practice there were a number of tipped passes.

"We definitely going to get that fixed," Childs said. "It is not an every day thing and I was kind of surprised myself to see them pop up in the air. That is not something that we are used to."





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