6 true freshmen who may play

By: Jimmy Carter
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Arkansas running back Devwah Whaley goes through practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas running back Devwah Whaley goes through practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Fayetteville.

— Bret Bielema mentioned these six true freshmen Wednesday as candidates to likely play this fall.

Here’s what Bielema, offensive coordinator Dan Enos and defensive coordinator Robb Smith had to say about each freshman a week into fall camp.

McTelvin Agim

DE, 6-3, 289

ESPN: 4 star, No. 3 DE

Smith — “Sosa, if you can still lump him into that (true freshman) category, has certainly done good things.”

Bielema — “Sosa has done some really good stuff.”

T.J. Hammonds

RB, 5-10, 197

ESPN: 4 star, No. 35 WR


Devwah Whaley

RB, 5-11, 216

ESPN: 4 star, No. 6 RB

Enos — “(They're) really talented, just behind schematically on protections and things like that. But with the ball in their hands, they're both very, very good players.”

De’Jon Harris

LB, 6-0, 255

ESPN: 3 star, No. 30 ILB

Bielema — “De'Jon is playing mike linebacker but we've rolled him in there in sub packages as well, just because as a former quarterback he's got a good sense of the ball, awareness.”

Hayden Johnson

FB, 6-3, 248

ESPN: 3 star, No. 3 FB

Bielema — “He's going to play and he's going to play well. For a guy that's played a lot of D-Line, he catches the ball well in the flat and does a lot of nice things with the ball in his hands. In addition, yesterday we ran quite a few series of inside drill and he just got after people, our No. 1 defense, pretty good. So I'm very impressed with him.”

Jordan Jones

WR, 6-1, 184

ESPN: 4 star, No. 63 WR

Enos — “He's been really good. He's really fast, really explosive. He's got good ball skills. Things come naturally to him. He's a very instinctive player for a freshman receiver, really understands how to throttle in zones and how to run away from man. And then you take the speed that he has and the acceleration and it puts him into another category. He's going to be a very good player.”

Bielema — “He's turned some heads.”


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