Arkansas’ Wade apologizes following Vanderbilt hit



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas freshman Marquel Wade has apologized for hitting Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause early, a crushing tackle that led to Wade’s ejection Saturday.

Wade has not been suspended for the hit, which occurred during the third quarter of the No. 8 Razorbacks 31-28 win over the Commodores. The wide receiver, playing on special teams, says he thought Krause had the ball when ran through the returner.

Krause lay on the field for several minutes following the hit and Wade was flagged for a personal foul. Vanderbilt’s Kenny Ladler picked up the ball and returned it 24 yards for the Commodores, so the penalty was declined.

Wade immediately celebrated his hit on the field before returning to the Arkansas sideline. After his ejection, Wade became animated on the sideline and had to be escorted off the field by strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp.