Roberts Tweets He Won't Return to Razorbacks


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas running back Donovan Roberts will not be returning to the Razorbacks.

The redshirt freshman revealed the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

"Attention followers. I will NOT be attending the University of Arkansas this coming semester. Salute to the real the rest can deal. #new-slate," Roberts tweeted.

Roberts, a Norman, Okla., native, sat out the 2012 season after being rated as the 32nd-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com out of high school.

He was in line for opportunities in 2013 after the departure of veterans Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo. Jonathan Williams (45 carries, 231 yards), Nate Holmes (3 carries, 10 yards) and Kody Walker (1 carry, 1 yard) are the only running backs with rushing attempts in 2012 scheduled to return to the program next season.

It's not clear where Roberts intends to transfer. But his departure is another sign new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema will look for running backs to add to his first signing class.

The Razorbacks do not have any current running backs verbally committed to the program with less than a month until national signing day.

Arkansas did receive a verbal commitment from North Little Rock running back Juan Day earlier this month, according to Hawgs Illustrated. Day, who is in his junior season in high school, is a member of the 2014 recruiting class.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau