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FAYETTEVILLE - All-nighters aren’t uncommon for college students, but not even the late study sessions could compare to Delvon Johnson’s rough Wednesday night.
A little more than 24 hours prior to the first game of his senior season, Johnson went down hard on the final play of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. It was so severe he needed to be carried off the floor.
What the Chicago native did next defined the character Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey loves about his team this year.
“That young man went and got an X-ray and literally stayed here all night last night,” Pelphrey said following Arkansas’ 75-52 win over Grambling State. “He and (trainer) Dave (England) were here all night. They didn’t leave at midnight; they were here all night. They slept here and every two hours Dave got up and treated that kid, who had to be carried off the floor.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for that. I don’t know if we could have performed as well as we did without him. We lost Michael Sanchez the day before and Marshawn Powell is obviously not 100 percent, so it was a tough night for the ball coach last night because I didn’t know who was going to be able to play.”
Not only did Johnson play, he played well in his first action as the starting man in the middle. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and added 5 blocked shots in the win.
“He had a lot of energy,” Arkansas forward Glenn Bryant said. “It felt like he had about eight blocks out there and I was like, ‘Woah!’ He played great defense and had a lot of energy. When you do that things are going to happen.”
Pelphrey said he had a moment of panic when Johnson came limping off the floor late in the contest.
“I asked him, ‘Did you turn your ankle again? Did you tweak it?’” Pelphrey said. “He said, ‘No, I got a cramp.’ I guess by them staying here last night they should have pushed him some fluids.
“People ask me all the time how I feel about these guys and I like these guys. That’s pretty cool for a kid to want to play that bad and a guy to stay here and treat him like that. That’s a special feat.”