Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Razorbacks reinstate Collins
Arkansas running back Alex Collins runs the ball during the first quarter of Friday afternoon's game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas tailback Alex Collins has been reinstated to the football program after spending a week on suspension, Coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday.
Bielema said in a statement released through UA athletic spokesman Zack Higbee that Collins “had a great workout Monday and a positive week of suspension in a good way. He’s on track and thinks he can improve in some areas.”
Bielema announced the suspension for an unspecified issue last Monday, pointing out that Collins would not be allowed to participate in weight lifting groups or other team-related activities. Collins was allowed to participate in individual workout sessions with strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.
Collins, the nation’s top freshman rusher last season, gained 1,026 yards and four touchdowns. He became the second Razorback freshman to top the 1,000-yard mark, joining Darren McFadden, who holds the Arkansas freshman record with 1,113 rushing yards in 2005.