Rumors surrounding the SEC’s Freshman of the Year Alex Collins being unhappy at Arkansas are completely unfounded, Bret Bielema said. Last week, after rumors spread on social media that Collins was unhappy and furthermore considering transferring, running backs coach Joel Thomas was asked about it.
“That’s the first news that it’s been told to me,” Thomas said. “You’ll have to ask Alex on that if that’s the case.”
Bielema put the transfer rumors to rest this past weekend, and he said they were completely baseless and senseless.
“The part about transferring I think is completely clueless, baseless and senseless, whoever tried to say it,” Bielema said. “There isn’t anything out there about that.”
Collins was suspended for a week earlier this offseason, but Bielema is very pleased with where Collins is right now, and he’s earning the respect of his teammates.
“He’s really grown as a person,” Bielema said. “I think the thing about him is he’s had so much success in life, when he had a bump in the road he had a tendency to try to do things his own way. And he had to learn how to do the things the way we are here. I couldn’t be more pleased with where he’s at. He had to grow a lot. He had to earn respect from some of his teammates. He’s doing that bit by bit now.”
Arkansas will feature one of the better SEC running games. With Collins, Jonathan Williams and Korliss Marshall, the Hogs’ ground attack could be special. Obviously, any passing game or threat at all would be such an asset to the running backs’ potency.