Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy.
Hammonds suspended for Razorbacks' first 4 games
T.J. Hammonds, Arkansas running back, carries in the 2nd quarter vs Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, Colo.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas running back T.J. Hammonds will be suspended for the Razorbacks' first four games against Portland State, Ole Miss, Colorado State and San Jose State.
The suspension is believed to be linked to Hammonds' academic-related removal from the football team earlier this year. Hammonds did not go through spring practice with the Razorbacks, then was allowed to rejoin the team in May following the end of the spring semester.
Hammonds, a redshirt junior from Little Rock, played in four games last season. He rushed for 28 yards on 10 carries and caught 4 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Hammonds' speed has led to some occasional big plays in his three seasons in the program. He had an 88-yard touchdown run and 60-yard touchdown reception against Coastal Carolina in 2017, and 64-yard touchdown on a push pass at Colorado State last season.
Overall, Hammonds has 286 yards and 2 touchdowns on 45 rushing attempts, and 6 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns in 22 career games.
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