3-And-Out: Move Behind Hamilton Productive For Herndon, Razorbacks Hoping ULM Blitzes

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012 7:25 am  

Javontee Herndon had a big performance on Saturday. He caught four passes for 96 yards. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Arkansas’ Tuesday football media availability …

I. Making A Move
Being asked to work at the same position as Cobi Hamilton doesn’t seem like a way to guarantee more catches or additional playing time.

Still, junior Javontee Herndon was open to playing behind Hamilton, a senior preseason all-conference pick. Herndon felt more comfortable at the “Z” position with Hamilton than at “X” where he began preseason camp as a starter.

The move paid off Saturday when Herndon caught four passes for 96 yards after Hamilton was injured. Herndon’s day included a 63-yard touchdown, the longest of the day for the Razorbacks.

“I felt like I was at home,” said Herndon, who had 10 career catches for 169 yards prior to the Jacksonville State game.

Coaches noticed Herndon didn’t seem comfortable when he started fall camp. He struggled with consistency and appeared to be slower than in years past. Plus, they wanted a more experienced receiver working at that spot in case anything happened to Hamilton.

So they asked Herndon to move. And it seemed to pay off.

“Javontee’s been a guy that we always felt has the ability to be a big-time playmaker,” quarterback Tyler Wilson said. “I’ve felt, I’ve been cheering for him internally, to turn it up and be a guy for me. Finally it happened. Finally it happened at a big time.”

Hamilton is expected back for Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe. Herndon is hopeful he’ll continue finding ways to help.

“I’m just going to take advantage of my opportunities,” he said.

II. Going For It
Coach John L. Smith twice had the Razorbacks attempt to convert fourth downs in the season opener. Arkansas had the luxury of gambling as practice for down the road, Smith said.

First, came a fourth-and-5 play from the Jacksonville State 43 in the third quarter. The Razorbacks tried to convert a fourth-and-5 from the JSU 40 in the fourth quarter.

They did not convert either, but it was good to put the team in that situation, Smith said.



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