Posted: Friday June 3rd 2022
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas defensive end Dorian Gerald announced Friday that he will once again be spending his seventh college season as a Razorback.
Gerald, who transferred to Arkansas from College of the Canyons (California) ahead of the 2018 season, posted on social media April 25 that he had entered the transfer portal.
However, on Friday he wrote on Twitter: “After many nights of prayers and tons of support from my family, coaches and loved ones! Love to finish what I started!! I will finish my last year of football here at The University of Arkansas!!”
A UA spokesperson confirmed on Friday that Gerald was granted a seventh season, based on a string of injuries and the covid-19 pandemic season of 2020.
Gerald’s veteran presence should be an asset on an Arkansas defensive line that will be thin going into the 2022 season.
Gerald’s history as a Razorback has been one of injury, including a broken leg in training after last year’s season opener against Rice.
The Florence, SC native was also injured and lost for the year in the 2019 season opener against Portland State and injured in the 2020 season opener against Georgia.
Gerald had an arterial neck sprain in 2019 that cost him the rest of the year and a leg injury in 2020 that cost him four games.
Gerald had 1.5 sacks in the 2020 season opener against Georgia, a 17-yard sack from D’Wan Mathis and a combined 6-yard sack with Bumper Pool on Stetson Bennett.
His longest playing time as a Razorback came in his first season in 2018 when he totaled 275 snaps and posted 21 tackles.
A 4-star prospect as a South Carolina prep legend, Gerald has 96 tackles, 43 for losses and 22 sacks in two seasons in the California junior college ranks.