FAYETTEVILLE — Confirmed by Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema, senior receiver Cody Hollister underwent surgery Wednesday.
The surgery on Hollister’s foot from an injury suffered during practice Tuesday presumably sidelines him from Saturday’s 6 p.m. ESPN2 game with the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.
Bielema did say, though, that Hollister’s injury should not be season-ending.
“Unfortunately, Cody Hollister suffered a foot injury during Tuesday’s practice that required surgery today,” Bielema said in a statement released by the university. “We expect Cody to make a full recovery and return to action this season.”
A second-year junior college transfer, Hollister had his best career day catching four passes for 65 yards in last Saturday’s 16-12 loss to the Toledo Rockets in Little Rock.
Hollister becomes Arkansas’ second senior wide receiver to be sidelined. Keon Hatcher, the Razorbacks’ leading receiver with 13 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns, had surgery after breaking a bone in his foot during the loss to Toledo.
Even before Hollister’s injury, Bielema said junior Drew Morgan and sophomore Jared Cornelius would start at the wideouts, with redshirt Jojo Robinson used first when the Razorbacks employ a slot receiver.
On Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference, Bielema disclosed that junior starting left offensive tackle Denver Kirkland did not practice Tuesday but was expected to practice Wednesday and play Saturday against Texas Tech.
Kirkland injured an arm during the Toledo game.
“We may limit him today just to see how it responds,” Bielema said. “But I do expect him to be out there Saturday, no problems.”
During the teleconference, Bielema was asked about Cornelius, who was suspended for the first half of the Toledo game because he was late for a Friday team meeting. He did respond in the loss, catching four passes for 41 yards and had a 59-yard touchdown return on a punt negated by a holding call.
“He and I had an exchange right after (Cornelius arrived late to the meeting) and I told him he was suspended,” Bielema said. “He wasn’t real happy about it. I told him why and he came back after practice and handled it in the way I thought where we might see a change in him that second half.
“Obviously, the punt return he took to the house and he caught the ball very, very well.”
Bielema anticipates complete games from Cornelius like his second half against Toledo.
“I think the idea of what we saw Saturday is going to be the start of something really special,” Bielema said.
Obviously, Bielema, offensive coordinator Dan Enos and receivers coach Michael Smith expect Cornelius to be a guy making plays for the Razorbacks.
“I didn’t come here to be a second fiddle to anybody,” Cornelius said after practice Tuesday. “I got my starting job in high school when somebody got hurt and I had to step up, and I’m looking forward to doing the same thing here.”