Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Bielema announces Kelly-Thomas departure
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema speaks during a National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the university's football complex.
FAYETTEVILLE Defensive end Darrell Kelly-Thomas is no longer on Arkansas' football team, coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday.
Bielema didn't give a reason for the departure of the redshirt sophomore. Kelly-Thomas was seldom used with the Razorbacks, playing in just three games after signing with the program in 2011. The Lufkin, Texas native didn't play last season.
Kelly-Thomas is the sixth player to leave Arkansas' program this off-season. Linebackers A.J. Turner (Arkansas State) and Myke Tavarres (Incarnate Word), cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr. (Northern Iowa) and running back Nate Holmes (McNeese State) have transferred.
Receiver Melvinson Hartfield left the program last week, an Arkansas official confirmed.