Juan Day has taken full advantage of his opportunities.
The junior got plenty of extra snaps whenever star senior Altee Tenpenny headed to the sideline, be it for a sore ankle he injured last year or just because a game was well in hand. Being ready meant Day, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, carried the ball 115 times for 1,012 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. That production has resulted in recent college interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Day, who like Tenpenny, suffered an ankle injury last season, has good genes. He is the cousin of former Arkansas standout Cedric Cobbs.
"Next great back from NLR," head coach Brad Bolding said, referring to North Little Rock (Ark.).
Bolding said Day ran a 4.56 when he was first timed in the 40-yard dash. That number is sure to improve as he matures and refines his game.
That happened for Tennpenny, the four-star tailback who is committed to Alabama.
"We had two watches on Tenpenny today," Bolding said. "One watch had him at 4.25. Another watch had him at 4.29 in the 40."
Bolding said he wouldn't have believed the times had he not been one of the timers. Tenpenny committed to Alabama in January. He has said he'll take other official visits but is firmly committed to the Crimson Tide.
Tenpenny is rated the No. 77 overall prospect in the nation. He's rated the No. 9 tailback in the country and top prospect in Arkansas.