Cornelius to be ready for Hogs’ season opener It’s not the hamstring that caused senior receiver Jared Cornelius to miss the last week of spring practice but a sore back now plaguing the Razorbacks’ by far leading returning receiver.
As a precautionary measure, Cornelius will be limited the first 10 days of preseason drills, Coach Bret Bielema said Friday before the Razorbacks practiced.
Bielema seems convinced that Cornelius will be ready for the Aug. 31 season opener against Florida A&M in Little Rock.
“It’s a blessing in disguise because it lets us look at the other guys,” Bielema said.
The other guys need extensive evaluations since with 2016 senior receivers Keon Hatcher, Drew Morgan, Dominique Reed and Keon Hatcher graduated, Cornelius has 32 of the 35 catches caught by returning Razorbacks wide receivers.
'MMA saved my life' It's been a long, painful life-journey for Justin Weaver, 21, but the payoff is on the horizon as he prepares for his final amateur mixed martial arts fight before turning professional.
Weaver, current Sugar Creek Showdown Flyweight (125 pounds) and Bantamweight (135 pounds) champion, has battled with personal demons as well as experienced the recent loss of his mother.
"I feel like I wouldn't be where I am today if I wouldn't have started doing martial arts, because I was going down a bad path," Weaver said. "I got into a bad place and I started hanging out with the wrong crowd and doing things I shouldn't have.
"But then I started training and I started to meet some guys who have been doing this for a while," he continued. "They welcomed me with open arms and helped me straighten my life out. If it wasn't for marital arts I probably would have stayed down that same path and ended up dead."
Sugar Creek Showdown is the Premier Amateur Promotion in Oklahoma.
Weaver (6-4) is set to take on Douglas Hurst (4-0) on August 12 at the Batesville Community Center. Five of Weaver's victories have come by knockout, submission or referee stoppage. Hurst has won all four of his fights all submission.
Weaver, who is a well-rounded fighter, said he is dedicating the fight to his mother who passed away on June 22 at the age of 50.
"My mother hated the idea of me fighting," he said. "She was like 'no chance, I'm not going to go watch that,' Well, she hadn't missed a fight until she was hospitalized.
Pee Wee Football Sign Ups Sodie Davidson Park will be holding sign ups for the 2017 Pee Wee football season on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at the Waldron Gazebo on Main Street.
The Bearcats were quick to take possession on a Bulldog fumble early in the opening drive. Taylor Bunting returned to the 36 yard line opening up Friday night's homecoming action followed by 2 carries for losses by Michael Beyard and Chance Tanner. Jordan Tull was brought down in the backfield with a fumble and the Bearcats recovered.