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Arkansas running back announces he will transfer

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For the second time in two weeks, Arkansas has lost a running back on its roster.

Redshirt junior Juan Day announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’s transferring after three seasons with the Razorbacks.

“Growing up it had always been a dream of mine to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks,” Day wrote. “I was fortunate enough to live out my dreams by spending the past three years playing for the University of Arkansas. At the same time, I am just as proud to have graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree.

With two years of eligibility left and careful consideration and prayers with my family, I have made the decision to transfer from the University of Arkansas. I plan to further my education in a graduate studies program as well as continue my football career. I would first like to thank Coach (Bret) Bielema and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me grow as a player. Next, I would like to thank Chris Johnson and all of the academic staff for guiding me throughout my college career, and instilling in me a drive to obtain an undergraduate degree.

I would like to thank Matt Summers and the athletic training staff for their measures taken in addressing my injuries, and the support they provided me in the recovery process. Now, I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for an unforgettable three years. I am proud to say that I am an Arkansas alumnus, and I am excited for what the future has in store for me. Thank you Razorback Nation.”

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, in response to Day’s tweet, said it was a “job well done” for the running back to be completing his degree this summer and that he would help him “explore new opportunities.”

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Day, a North Little Rock, Arkansas native, played in just one game during his Arkansas career. In that appearance, against UT-Martin in 2015, he had four carries for 17 yards.

Day redshirted in 2014 and did not see action in 2016.

Day, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will be eligible immediately at another FBS program as a graduate transfer. He can play immediately regardless if he goes to an FCS school.

Day joins Rawleigh Williams III, the team’s returning starter, as Arkansas running backs to leave the team this month. Williams, after another injury scare to his neck, announced on May 8 that he was retiring from playing football.

True freshman Maleek Williams and sophomores Devwah Whaley and T.J. Hammonds are the Razorbacks’ current remaining scholarship running backs on the roster. Three-star all-purpose back Chase Hayden also is set to join the team this summer.

Day was a former three-star recruit who signed with Arkansas during the 2014 recruiting cycle. The Razorbacks were his lone offer.

At North Little Rock High, Day split time with former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny as a junior.

Among transfers, Day is the fourth to leave Arkansas since the end of last season. Quarterback Ricky Towns and linebacker Khalia Hackett left in January, while defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean announced last week that he was transferring. Defensive lineman Tevin Beanum decided to stop playing football altogether in January.

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