KJ Jefferson is the definition of Arkansas’ human highlight reel.
The Razorbacks quarterback carried the Hogs on his back in the first half of the team’s season opener against Cincinnati. He had 54 yards rushing with a score and was 9 of 15 passing for 78 yards with a score in leading Arkansas to a 14-0 lead at the break.
The rushing touchdown came first as he scampered in from 15 yards. It was classic Jefferson as he seeks to eclipse his six rushing scores from a year ago.
But it was the touchdown toss – and yes, toss – that will make the highlight shows.
On 1st-and-goal with 15 seconds left, Jefferson took the snap and faked a run up the gut. Instead, just shy of the line of scrimmage, he flipped the ball over the top to Trey Knox, just a few feet in front of him in the end zone. Knox had to corral it, but the converted wide-receiver did just fine.
If Jefferson’s first half is a sign of things to come, Arkansas, too, will be just fine.
They're similar quarterbacks, actually
KJ Jefferson giving his best Tim Tebow impersonation
— Sir mix a pinch (@UGAchampy) September 3, 2022
Bearcats fans are down in the dumps
KJ Jefferson is more accurate throwing a lofted jump pass than Ben Bryant is throwing a normal pass from the pocket.
— Rob (@iRobsteR) September 3, 2022
A look at it from the stands
KJ Jefferson finds Trey Knox on a jump pass with 17 ticks left on the clock. Razorbacks flip the field after the missed Cincinnati FG. Huge drive right before the break. pic.twitter.com/qaEjANZbry
— Ethan Westerman (@EthWestNWA) September 3, 2022
The best and most important player
KJ Jefferson is HIM!
— 🤘🏽🚀 (@RocketsBetta) September 3, 2022
Some friendly smack talk
You just got jump passed on by KJ Jefferson
— The Sports Barnacle (@Sports_Barnacle) September 3, 2022
KJ Jefferson is scary good, y’all.
— CHAS KELLY (@chsklly) September 3, 2022