3-And-Out: Wright, Adams Closing In On Record; Wilson Has His 'Day'

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 9:00 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Tuesday’s Arkansas football media availability…

I. Record In Reach
One of the byproducts of Arkansas’ offensive system is the way it showcases different players from week-to-week. Any wide receiver is capable of a big game and often the go-to for the Razorbacks changes by game.

There might be no better example than the fact Joe Adams and Jarius Wright are each closing in on the career receptions record for the Razorbacks. Adams ranks No. 3 on the career receptions list at Arkansas with 151. Wright is right behind him at 150.

Either — or both — could break Anthony Eubanks’ No. 153 on Saturday against Tennessee. D.J. Williams, a 2011 draft pick by the Green Bay Packers, is No. 2 on the list at 152.

“They step up, make big plays. You see that all the time,” Coach Bobby Petrino said. “You see that with Joe. You see that with Jarius. The thing I’m so proud of them this year is how well they’ve done on the sideline with their competitive spirit, their leadership and bringing out the best in everybody else.”

Adams and Wright have helped bring out the best in each other. They have pushed each other since arriving on campus in 2008 and their competition remains friendly, rather than one that fractures.

“It's all about getting a win,” Wright said. “We are not selfish receivers. We are good friends. So there are no problems there.”

Adams echoed that sentiment. He said he hasn’t been lobbying for additional attention from Wilson.

“I could, but that would be selfish,” Adams said. “I’m not a selfish guy. ... We’re just going to work hard to get each other open.”

Adams has gotten his 151 catches as an explosive playmaker. He’s adept at getting yards after the catch, turning short passes into long gains.

Wright has arguably been the steadiest of the Razorbacks’ receivers, using precision routes and sure hands to pile up his 150 catches. Wright is second in receiving yards at 2,629 for his career.

Tyler Wilson joked he’s got a plan for how to handle the duo on Saturday. He’ll get three to Adams, then four to Wright. That would get both of them the record.



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