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Hometown: Warren, AR
Notable 2010 Stats: Made 46 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns.
If there was ever one play that personified Greg Childs' contribution to the 2010 Razorback season, it sure came at a great time.
In the SEC opener on the road against Georgia, Arkansas coughed up a comfortable first half lead and found itself inside a newly resurgent Sanford Stadium crowd with the game tied late in the fourth quarter. In precarious moments such as these, the best players exhibit mental fortitude and instinct to counterbalance the pressure and tension of the moment.
Thankfully for the Razorback faithful, Greg Childs proved to be one of those players.
With Arkansas making a late charge down the field in the waning moments, All-SEC quarterback Ryan Mallet heaved a throw to the sideline that was intended for Childs. Even with the weight of a Georgia defender attempting to wrestle position away from him, Childs was able to make the tough catch in traffic, throw off the defender, cut back, and then sprint to the endzone.
Touchdown. Arkansas wins.
If it weren't for a season-ending injury suffered during the 49-14 blowout win over Vanderbilt, Childs was well on his way to contending for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the top wide receiver in the nation). Childs was on pace to amass over 1,000 yards receiving and make 75 receptions, which would have put him at or near the top of the SEC in each category.
All of this should give the Razorback nation plenty to cheer for in 2011, assuming that Childs is healthy. By all accounts, Childs has made a full recovery and plans to be back at full strength for this season. Yet, these positive signs are nothing but speculation until Childs puts the doubts to rest on Saturday, September 3rd, when he will (hopefully) take the field in the Razorback's first contest against Missouri State.
However, if Childs comes out of the gates with guns blazing like it was 2010, here is what opposing defensive coordinators have to look forward to:
Solid, dependable hands and a superior ability to make tough catches in traffic. Great stamina and strength, and the distinct ability to gain huge chunks of yardage after the catch. Doesn't possess the cheetah-like speed of a Joe Adams or Cobi Hamilton, but, more importantly, is never caught from behind in the open field. Above all, Childs earned his role as Arkansas' go-to receiver through his incomparable and precise route-running skills.
If you're an opposing cornerback, he sounds like a real treat to cover, doesn't he?
All sarcasm aside, what has become crystal clear in our analysis of Greg Childs is that, simply put, the man comes to play. Possessing all the physical tools and necessary football instincts sure helps too.
Now, turning my attention back to you, old-school football fans, I hope you've enjoyed the in-depth look at the Razorback receiving corp. Pay close attention to them this season, because they sure don't make them like this anymore.