- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Arkansas has yet to have all of its running backs at full speed this year, but coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday that he thinks he could finally have three ready to go this weekend against Ole Miss with Ronnie Wingo Jr. getting back to full speed after injuring his toe.
Petrino said Wingo has practiced all week and “got his speed back.”
“It’s nice to have the three backs healthy again,“ Petrino said. “They all [bring] a bit something different to the table. If one of them gets hot, we’re going to make sure we feed him.”
Petrino also said former starting running back Knile Davis is progressing well with his rehab after his season-ending ankle injury during preseason camp.
“He’s out running and doing certain things under control,” Petrino said of Davis.
But not all the news about Arkansas’ running game was good. Petrino said freshman Kody Walker, who rushed for 68 yards and five touchdowns through the first three games as the Hogs’ short-yardage back, underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture on his shin.
Petrino didn’t give a time table for when Walker could return.
“He’s doing OK,” Petrino said. “It’ll take a while for that to heal.”