What Koilan Jackson’s injury means for Arkansas at wide receiver

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has lost its second player in the last week to a season-ending injury.

The latest injured player is freshman wide receiver Koilan Jackson. Coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday the Little Rock, Ark., native would have surgery soon to repair an ACL injury he sustained during practice Tuesday.

Jackson, the son of former All-Pro tight end Keith Jackson, did not play in Arkansas’ season-opening victory over Florida A&M last Thursday. He traveled with the team and was expected to play this year as of early last week. Bielema said Monday that the coaching staff was deliberating whether to redshirt Jackson.

Well, the injury clears up any confusion on that front. Bielema confirmed the obvious Wednesday — Jackson will redshirt this season.

So, in what shape does that leave Arkansas’ wide receiver corps?

It seemingly confirms an expected rotation, and likely in this order, of these nine players at the position:

  1. Jared Cornelius
  2. Deon Stewart
  3. La’Michael Pettway
  4. Jordan Jones
  5. Jonathan Nance
  6. T.J. Hammonds
  7. Jarrod Barnes
  8. De’Vion Warren
  9. Brandon Martin

If nine sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. It’s at that number because no one, other than Cornelius and Stewart, has proved he deserves more playing time. Stewart was the only receiver to catch a touchdown pass in the win last week.

That’s where Jackson’s injury could be significant. He was on the two-deep depth chart last week. So, it’s conceivable with improvement he could’ve been one of the players to step up and garner time as a third, fourth or fifth option. Now that healthy competition has one less player involved.

This was going to be just Jackson’s second season playing wide receiver on a full-time basis. He played the position as a high school senior, but he had spent his two previous prep years at quarterback.

Jackson’s season-ending injury comes five days after junior cornerback Ryan Pulley also was declared out for the year. Pulley, Arkansas’ top defensive back, tore his right pectoral against Florida A&M. He had surgery Wednesday and is expected to be back for the 2018 season.

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