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. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Julius Coates returning to Arkansas for 2021 season
Arkansas defensive end Julius Coates (13) goes against offensive lineman Noah Gatlin (73) during practice Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas defensive end Julius Coates is set to return for the Razorbacks in 2021 after not competing in the season finale against Alabama and being ruled out of the Texas Bowl by Coach Sam Pittman before it was canceled.
Coates, a 6-6, 289-pound junior from Rockford, Ill., and East Mississippi Community College, had been dealing with a personal matter not related to the football program late in the season, sources with knowledge told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Coates posted the lines “Woo Pig” and “Let’s run it back” to his Twitter account on Tuesday and later confirmed his intention to return, a source said.
Coates showed flashes of being the kind of disruptive defensive end the Razorbacks have been lacking in recent seasons with 18 tackles — 3 for lost yardage — and 2 sacks.
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