After an off-field incident in which he hurt his ankle, Arkansas punter Blake Johnson finds himself in Bret Bielema’s doghouse.
The sophomore was sent home for the weekend after rolling his ankle, and Bielema was not too thrilled about Johnson’s actions, according to a report by WholeHogSports.com.
“Blake, our punter, unfortunately rolled his ankle in some activities away from football that I’m not very happy about,” Bielema told reporters after a team scrimmage on Saturday. “So I removed him from the program for a little bit. Let him go home this weekend and celebrate Easter weekend by himself in his apartment. I’ll make a decision Monday if I let him back in.”
Johnson began spring practice as the favorite to replace Toby Baker, who exhausted his eligibility after the 2016 season, but it is unclear how this incident will affect his standing with the coaching staff.
This isn’t Johnson’s first off-field issue; he was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 29, 2015.
“I just told him I didn’t wanna see him today,” Bielema said, according to the report. “You know how you have children, right, I don’t have children yet but I assume there’s some point when you just don’t wanna see anybody. Just send them away. Send them in the other room. He’s in timeout. He’s in extreme timeout.”
Arkansas will hold its annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 29 at Razorback Stadium.