Razorbacks Rebuild Receiver Room Through the Portal

There have been many questions about who K.J. Jefferson will be throwing to next season with the departures of receivers Jadon Haselwood, Ketron Jackson Jr., Matt Landers, and Warren Thompson and tight ends Trey Knox, Hudson Henry, and possibly Nathan Bax. Some of those questions have been answered recently by the transfer portal. So far, Sam Pittman & Co. have picked up 4 wideouts from the portal in Andrew Armstrong, Isaac TeSlaa, Tyrone Broden, and preferred walk-on Marlon Crockett.

Andrew Armstrong – Texas A&M Commerce – 6’4 189lbs

Andrew Armstrong led his team in catches (62), receiving yards (1,020), and touchdowns (13) in 2022. His play earned him FCS sophomore All-American. In 2021, he had 15 catches and 3 touchdowns. Before TAMUC, he played at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, TX where he was a 2-star prospect. He comes to Arkansas as one of the highest sought-after FCS receiver transfers and has two years of eligibility remaining. He chose the Razorbacks over Kansas, Miami, Missouri, Purdue, Utah, Wisconsin, and others.

Isaac TeSlaa – Hillsdale College – 6’4 210lbs

Isaac TeSlaa was one of the most targeted transfers of this offseason. The wide receiver from DII Hillsdale College had offers from Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas A&M, and multiple others. After bringing in 68 receptions, 1,325 yards, and 13 touchdowns, TeSlaa was named GMAC offensive player of the year. He led the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in just about every receiving statistic including receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns, yards per catch, and yards per game. As a sophomore in 2021, he had 698 yards and 7 touchdowns. His Twitter account says that he has a 41″ vertical, 10’8″ broad, and 4.54 40 time. TeSlaa played quarterback for Hudsonville Unity Christian (MI) in high school, rushing for 14 touchdowns as a senior, and won a state title in football and basketball. On top of two state titles, he also won a regional championship in track in the long jump event. He comes to Arkansas with two years of eligibility and can be expected to make a major impact early.

Tyrone Broden – Bowling Green – 6’7 210lbs

Tyrone Broden comes to Arkansas from Bowling Green, tied as the tallest receiver in the FBS. Throughout his career with the Falcons, he caught 74 passes for 1,199 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2022, he brought in 32 passes for 504 yards and 7 touchdowns. From West Bloomfield High School in Detroit, Broden was a 3-star prospect from the 2018 recruiting class. Before committing to Arkansas, he took visits to Oklahoma and Penn State. He has two years of remaining eligibility.

Marlon Crockett – Memphis – 6’4 210lbs

Marlon Crockett chose to come back home to Arkansas as a preferred walk-on, he was a 3-star prospect in high school out of Searcy and Cabot. He suffered an ACL injury in 2021, causing him to miss the season. He has not yet seen the field at receiver at the college level. Crockett won a state championship at Searcy as a junior, playing wide receiver and safety. That same year, he brought in 60 catches for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Offensive Coordinator Kendal Briles and Wide Receivers Coach Kenny Guiton have done a wonderful job of rebuilding the receiver room this offseason. Any of these transfers can help contribute early. The Razorbacks still have Bryce Stephens, Sam Mbake, Jaedon Wilson, and Isaiah Sategna on the roster at wide receiver and still have the possibility of Quincy McAdoo, who switched to the defensive side of the ball midseason, returning to the position.

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