Times have changed.
Two years ago, during Sam Pittman’s first season at Arkansas, Trey Knox took a step backward. The man who had better receiving numbers than treylon burks during their freshmen seasons was suddenly demoted, in Pittman’s doghouse. He had gone from 28 grabs to seven, from three touchdowns to zero.
In 2022, Knox moved to tight end, a position Arkansas badly needed depth. The move wasn’t Knox’s first choice, but his willingness to alter his game impressed the coaching staff and he finished with 20 receptions and a touchdown.
Saturday, during Arkansas’ scrimmage inside Walker Pavilion, he impressed more than the coaches with his new look. A former skinny wide receiver who needed to put on some pounds his freshman year now looks more like DJ Williams.
“I put on about 20 pounds to get to about 240,” Knox said. “I feel like I can make a lot of money playing tight end.”
That’s scary. His talent flashed enough in that first season that Arkansas’ three-headed monster out side – Knox, Burks and Mike Woods – was thought to be dangerous forever. Woods transferred. Burks is off to the NFL. Only Knox remains of the legacy. He hauled in three catches for 30 yards – the best numbers of the day – on Saturday.
Knox's change is night and day
And Trey Knox, who has seemed to have eaten another whole Trey Knox with how big he’s looking
— Coach Sam Dripman (@lonestarhog2017) April 16, 2022
This isn’t a drag on the tight end. Knox just looks the part of an actual tight end now instead of a converted wide receiver.
Knox is, as they say, swoll
Trey Knox has gained 88 pounds of sheer muscle.
— John Nabors (@BuzzJohnNabors) April 16, 2022
When Knox arrived in Fayetteville, he was 6-foot-5 and about 195 pounds. He played at 205 that first season, but his move to tight end, in retrospect, made all the sense in the world. Even then Knox had what they call in baseball, a projectable body.
Arkansas tight ends will get more looks this year
love seeing hudson and trey knox getting the ball
— sydney fields (@sydney_fields1) April 16, 2022
Hudson Henry went from 16 catches in 2020 to just four last year. But Arkansas would love to him Knox and Henry both in the mix at the position in 2022.
Knox will likely be The Man for Arkansas at tight end
Trey Knox is going to be a problem at TE.
— Cody Honey (@cody_honey) April 16, 2022
Yep. We agree. He’s going to be a game-changer.