Bahn: Replacing Talented Trio Of Receivers Will Be 'Weird' For Petrino, Razorbacks

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012 12:00 am  

Cobi Hamilton is being counted on to help fill the production and leadership void left by the departure of Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright to the NFL. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

It's not unusual to see Bobby Petrino bounce from station to station during practices at Arkansas. He likes to keep an eye on how development is going at each position.

Stops at wide receiver have been relatively brief in the past. Over the last three spring practices and four fall camps since 2008, Petrino grew increasingly comfortable with who the Razorbacks had catching passes. 

Petrino just might linger a little longer when camp opens today. He'll no longer see Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright when he looks in the direction of the wide receivers.

All three are off training for life in the NFL after turning in some of the most productive careers in school history. Gone with them are a combined 466 receptions for 7,411 yards and 56 touchdowns.

Replacing their production will will be a focal point of the 15 spring practices. Petrino can see the process being a challenge at times.

And replacing those three mainstays of what had grown to become one of the nation's most explosive passing offenses will be, well, weird.

That was one of the first words to pop into Petrino’s head when asked earlier this week how practice would be without the trio.

“It will be weird,” Petrino said during a Razorback Club meeting in Harrison on Monday. “I imagine when we get started it will be different.”

Arkansas isn’t without talent at wide receiver. That’s not unusual for a Petrino-coached team, of course.

Scan the pre-spring depth chart and you’ll see 13 different names spread out over three different wide receiver spots. For comparison’s sake check out the five different offensive line positions where 15 total Razorbacks are listed.

There is no shortage of bodies at wide receiver. More are on the way as part of the 2012 recruiting class, the bulk of which arrive this summer. But the available options will be replacing more than catches, yards and touchdowns.

The departed guys were part of Petrino’s first recruiting class that helped set practice and offseason workout habits for the Razorbacks. Wright was one of the primary guys in that role from the time he set foot on campus, while it took Adams and the temperamental Childs time to develop in that regard.

 

 

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