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Bret Bielema says Arkansas punter Blake Johnson in ‘extreme timeout’ after off-field incident

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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t happy with punter Blake Johnson.

Bielema told reporters after the Razorbacks’ second spring scrimmage Saturday that Johnson was in “extreme timeout” after he “rolled” his ankle in a non-football activity.

“I removed him from the program for a little bit,” Bielema said. “Let him go home this weekend and celebrate Easter weekend by himself in his apartment. I’ll make a decision Monday if I let him back in.”

Though he didn’t explicitly call it a suspension, Bielema said the punishment would last “about 24 hours.”

“I just told him I didn’t want to see him today,” Bielema said. “You know how you have children, right? I don’t have children yet, but I assume there’s some point when you just don’t want to see anybody. Just send them away. Send them in the other room. He’s in timeout.”

Johnson, who will be a redshirt sophomore this season, is expected to replace the graduated Toby Baker as starter this season. He was beat out for the job by Baker in 2015 after enrolling on campus.

Johnson, who is on scholarship, was arrested for public intoxication in August 2015, which seemingly damaged his chances of starting that season. Last season, at one point, he was replaced as backup punter by starting quarterback Austin Allen because Bielema said he was “inconsistent.”

Johnson, from Los Alamitos, California, was ranked by 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 6 punter in the 2015 recruiting cycle. He played in one game last season after redshirting as a true freshman in 2015.

Sophomore Connor Limpert, who is listed on the roster as a kicker, served as the team’s top punter during Saturday’s scrimmage.

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