Arkansas’ Treylon Burks landed on another preseason All-American team over the weekend, named to Pro Football Network’s first team offense.
It wasn’t about his numbers last year, either. He is viewed as a potentially high draft pick for next year’s draft, assuming he stays healthy throughout his third year with the Razorbacks.
In the spring he cut his weight from 232 to 225 pounds when new wide receivers coach Kenny Guiton came on. Playing in just 10 games last season (and barely in one of those) due to the covid stuff, Burks was second team All-SEC with 51 catches for 820 yards (16.1 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns.
In the story, written by Oliver Hodgkinson, they said Burks was “the real deal.”
“He possesses an insane blend of size (he’s 6-3 and just over 230 pounds), speed, and power,” they wrote. “Moreover, the Arkansas wide receiver has uncommon hand size to help him snare the football. Blessed with the versatility to impact the game in multiple ways, Burks should emerge as one of the best players in the nation this year.”
Now he needs to stay healthy for an entire year and the Hogs have to figure out a way to get him the ball with a new quarterback and not a lot of proven playmakers to stick around him.
When Mike Woods took his act to Norman, the only consistent receiving threat left is Burks and you can bet teams are going to double-team and zone him to try and take him out of the offensive game plan.
That leaves it to offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to figure out ways to get the ball in Burks’ hands where he can get into open field. New quarterback KJ Jefferson has to show he has the consistency to get the ball to Burks.