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Arkansas Razorbacks position battles

8/20/2015
Kody Walker will by vying for the chance to spell Alex Collins in the running back rotation. AP Photo/Gareth Patterson

All week we've been looking at key position battles for teams across the SEC and now we turn our attention to Arkansas:

Receiver: The Razorbacks have a No. 1 receiver in Keon Hatcher but no established No. 2 option opposite him. The names competing are plentiful, from Jared Cornelius (18 catches, 212 yards in 2014) to Drew Morgan (10 catches, 181 yards) to Cody Hollister (13 catches, 137 yards) to Jojo Robinson and Damon Mitchell. The most intriguing option, however, and one who has been catching coaches' attention in training camp, is that of junior college transfer Dominique Reed. The No. 25 player in the ESPN JC 50, Reed is 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and has what Bret Bielema calls "freakish" athleticism. If he's consistent in camp, he could be the guy the Razorbacks are seeking.

Kicker: Arkansas hasn't stated who will handle the placekicking duties this season and a battle is ongoing during camp between three players: junior Adam McFain, redshirt freshman Cole Hedlund and sophomore Lane Saling. Last season the Razorbacks were 9-for-14 on field goal attempts (a less than ideal 64.2 percent accuracy rate) and McFain accounted for seven makes and 10 attempts. Saling appeared in one game last season. Hedlund was a record-setting kicker in high school before redshirting last season.

Running back: This is not a position originally expected to be listed here but with Jonathan Williams' foot injury -- which will keep him out for the rest of the regular season -- there are extra carries to be had. Alex Collins, who was part of the excellent 1-2 punch in the backfield with Williams, is the clear cut No. 1 back now but who shares carries with him is up for grabs. The Hogs aren't lacking depth at the position even without Williams: Former fullback Kody Walker, who had a 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Arkansas' spring game, is an option. So is true freshman Rawleigh Williams III, a Dallas product who signed with the Razorbacks in February and whom Bielema said "shadowed" Jonathan Williams. Another Texas product, sophomore Denzell Evans of the Houston area, could figure into the mix as well. Each of the three bring a different skill set to the table.