Bumper is Back: Arkansas Linebacker to make Razorbacks Return

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All-SEC linebacker and All-Universe name-haver Bumper Pool will return for his super senior season, capping a roller coaster week for Arkansas fans. Bumper’s announcement stems the tide of transfers and draft entrants on the defensive side of the ball. It only makes sense that the team leader in tackles makes a crucial stop at the end of the week. Here’s Bumper discussing with Cousin Sal and the Extra Points gang, with whom he has a NIL agreement.

This comes after last night’s announcement that backup quarterback Malik Hornsby would enter the transfer portal. He follows, among others, fellow backups Devin Bush, Darin Turner, Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan, sometimes starter Greg Brooks, and 2021 captain Joe Foucha. Opting to try their hands at the NFL are Busta Brown, Tre Williams, John Ridgeway, Markell Utsey, and first-round lock Treylon Burks.

For all the weeping and gnashing of teeth this week about players transferring out of the program, the Hogs have only lost one true starter while retaining Bumper and Jalen Catalon (who last night basically told the Hogs faithful to chill out). Brooks started occasionally and would have pushed for a starter’s role this season. But the Razorbacks have continued to develop real depth in the secondary. Guys like Myles Slusher have plenty of snaps in SEC play now. And yet-to-sign-but-committed Myles Rowser may see his chance at early playing time.