Like Seth Russell at Baylor, Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams is also now done for the season with a neck injury, as Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema announced on Monday. Williams suffered the injury during Arkansas’ epic four-overtime win over Auburn Saturday in which he was carted off on a stretcher.
Bielema: Unfortunately Rawleigh will be out for the rest of the season but fortunately his prognosis is good.
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 26, 2015
“Every report says that he’s probably going to be able to play again,” Bielema said per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) “It won’t be until next year. … When you’re talking about the severity and the injury that it is, there’s a lot of time between now and then to figure out what he wants to do and what his family wants to do.”
Williams, a 5’10”, 215-pound freshman from Dallas, Texas, has rushed for 254 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries this season.
For Bielema, he does have some quality depth at running back. But with Jonathan Williams also out for the year, it is being tested. Junior running back Kody Walker also had his own issues with injuries, as he missed some games with a broken hand. However, Walker returned with a cast for Saturday’s game against Auburn.
Expect Walker and Alex Collins, who leads the Razorbacks in rushing with 787 yards, to get the majority of carries in the backfield. Also, sophomore Denzell Evans and freshman Juan Day could get more action.
Arkansas will be back in action this Saturday when it hosts Tennessee-Martin.