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Whaley ready to return from concussion

Devwah Whaley is expected to rejoin his Arkansas Razorbacks team-mates for their home game against Ole Miss at War Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

The Bermudian running back, who leads the Razorbacks with 231 rushing yards and is tied for the team lead with a pair of rushing touchdowns this season, suffered a concussion during a 34-3 loss at Auburn on September 22.

He rushed for 20 yards on eight carries with a longest rush of 16 yards before leaving the game early with a head injury.

Whaley subsequently missed Arkansas' next two outings against Texas A&M and Alabama, which both ended in losses as he completed the mandatory concussion protocol.

The Razorbacks are 0-3 in the powerful Southeastern Conference and 1-5 overall this season, with their sole win arriving in a season opening 55-20 home drubbing of Eastern Illinois on September 1. Whaley rushed for 28 yards on ten carries during the game, including a one-yard touchdown that put the Razorbacks up 17-0 in the second quarter in front of a crowd of 63,342.

The 20-year-old saw an impressive eight-game touchdown streak dating back to last season come to an end in the Razorbacks' 44-17 home loss against North Texas on September 15.

Whaley committed to the Razorbacks over several other colleges including Texas Longhorns and Georgia Bulldogs in 2016 as the No 119 overall recruit, No 4-ranked running back and the No 18 recruit in the state of Texas.

As a freshman, the son of former local middle-distance runner Devoe Whaley rushed for 602 yards on 110 carries and scored three touchdowns to become just the fourth Razorback in school history to record two 100-yard rushing games as a freshman. He also had six receptions for 139 yards.

In his sophomore year last season, Whaley finished as the Razorbacks' second leading rusher, with 559 yards on 127 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 56 yards and a score.

On the mend: Arkansas running back Devwah Whaley, sustained a hit to the head in the second quarter of the game against Auburn on September 22, forcing him off the field. He has had to pass a series of tests, concussion protocol, to be allowed to play again. Arkansas play Ole Miss tomorrow (File photograph by Gareth Patterson/AP)

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Published October 12, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated October 12, 2018 at 2:36 am)

Whaley ready to return from concussion

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