"At Wide Receiver, Keon Hatcher has really been impressive throughout the week, he's definitely ready to go 100%" says Bret Bielema.
After suffering a hamstring injury in fall camp and re-injurying it against Louisiana-Lafayette, Sophomore Keon Hatcher made a statement on his return to the field against Rutgers with 4 catches for 48 yards and two kick returns for 38 yards. This week Hatcher earns a spot in the starting rotation for the first time in his college career.
"We have some great receivers out there and for coach to have me as a starter it feels good." says Keon Hatcher.
One of AJ Derby's go to guys last Saturday, Hatcher's confidence adds an additional weapon to the Hogs offense.
"I feel good with the ball in my hands. I mean, that's why I'm playing receiver for an SEC school." adds Hatcher.
"He's going to bring out the competition. He's going to make the guys who have been playing better or he's going to be playing a lot more. " adds Wide Receivers coach Michael Smith.
Head Coach Bret Bielema recognizes Hatcher's abilities and understands what he brings to the table for this offense and special teams.
"He's just got that MoJo, he's a big strong athletic kid that I think the more you can incorporate him in your game plan. He probably gets better with more attempts. He will be back there as a kick off guy too. I think he brings a little something back there. We're excited to let him see what he can do with the ball in his hands as a returner as well." adds Bret Bielema.
Hatcher isn't the only Wide Receiver Arkansas is getting back from injury- Sophomore D'Arthur Cowan plans on taking on a role similar to Keon Hatcher's last Saturday.
"D'Arthur was going last week, but went through Tuesday's practice but we kind of wanted to see how he handled Wednesday. If he had gotten sore from Tuesday nights practice to Wednesday we would've backed off, but he said he felt fine and we moved forward, so he's very much in the same situation Keon was last week."
Coming off a broken foot suffered during fall camp as well, Cowan plans to contribute against Texas A&M as needed.
"Anything I can to help out. Whatever they tell me to do I'm willing to do." says D'Arthur Cowan.