Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America, and was awarded 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Dorian Gerald to return to Razorbacks in 2021
Arkansas defensive lineman Dorian Gerald against Tennessee during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive lineman Dorian Gerald will return for one more season with the Razorbacks in 2021, he announced Tuesday.
Gerald is the seventh Arkansas senior since Dec. 25 to announce will he take advantage of an NCAA exception that allows players in 2020 an extra year of eligibility.
"Been waiting on this one," Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman posted on Twitter. "Big things coming in 2021. Love this kid."
Receivers De’Vion Warren and T.J. Hammonds, and tight end Blake Kern announced Monday their plans to return next season.
Gerald has battled injuries throughout his time with the Razorbacks. He injured his neck in his Arkansas debut in 2019, and played in only five games in 2020 due to an ankle injury.
Gerald recorded one tackle last season prior to his injury and five this season — four in the season-opening loss to Georgia. He finished with 1.5 sacks in 2020.
Returning seniors do not count against the maximum of 85 scholarships allowed by the NCAA.
Arkansas seniors returning in 2021
LB Grant Morgan
OL Myron Cunningham
OL Ty Clary
WR De’Vion Warren
TE Blake Kern
WR T.J. Hammonds
DL Dorian Gerald
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