SEC bounce-back players: Arkansas

We return to our bounce-back players series with the Arkansas Razorbacks:


Dennis Johnson, RB, Jr.: Johnson is back after a punctured intestine injury shelved him for most of the 2010 season. Johnson showed in the past that he's one of the most exciting return men in the league and he adds another body to what is a stacked backfield in Fayetteville. The loss of senior Broderick Green, who was the team's leading rusher in 2009, to a torn ACL this spring, means Johnson will share more carries with Knile Davis and Ronnie Wingo. Johnson averaged 25.78 yards per kickoff return, and 111.15 yards of total offense per game in 2009. He also returned 40 kickoffs for a school-record 1,031 yards and a touchdown, and enters the fall as the SEC's active leader for career kickoff return yards and total return yards with 2,014.


De'Anthony Curtis, CB, Sr.: This is the final go-round for Curtis. He arrived at Arkansas as a highly regarded wide receiver out of high school, but after failing to produce much on the offensive side of the ball, he moved to cornerback this spring with hopes of earning more playing time. Curtis practiced some at the boundary corner position this spring, but fell behind sophomore Jerry Mitchell. He's also hoping he can challenge junior Darius Winston, who started six games last season, for the corner spot opposite Isaac Madison. Curtis played in 34 games at receiver, but for him to end his Arkansas career on a high note, he'll need to show that he can be a factor on defense this fall. The Razorbacks have good depth in the secondary, so it won't be easy for him.