By Otis Kirk
FAYETTEVILLE — It appears wide receiver will be one of the strengths of the 2020 football team at Arkansas.
Sam Pittman likes what he has seen from that group particularly with junior Mike Woods stepping up and working hard.
“There are several guys that stick out at the receiver spot, but Mike Woods works his tail off,” Pittman said. “Treylon Burks, for being a big kid can really run. He has some good hips.”
Pittman also named several leaders on the team including one at wide receiver.
“I think Mike Woods is a guy that has done that,” Pittman said.
Woods led the Hogs with 33 receptions for 423 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. Burks added 29 catches for 475 yards while Trey Knox caught 28 balls for 385 yards and three touchdowns. Tyson Morris added 13 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. De’Vion Warren caught four passes for 19 yards while Koilan Jackson had three receptions for 38 yards and one touchdown. John David White who caught two passes for 27 yards also returns. Pittman is elated to have them all back plus Justin Stepp who coached that unit last year.
“Well, I think the first thing about that group is their coach is back with Stepp, so that probably made their transition a little bit easier for them,” Pittman said. “Then Kendal Briles is a very personable guy who knows how valuable this group is to us. They’ve worked really hard. I like De’Vion Warren in that group, too. He’s done a nice job with Morris and Koilan Jackson. Those are probably, right now, the top six kids that we have at that position. I’ve already mentioned Knox, Burks and Woods. But those are probably the top six guys we have at that position.