The streak is over.
Nathan Parodi took an Arkansas-Pine Bluff punt back 80 yards the other way to give Arkansas a 31-0 lead against their cross-state foe midway through the second quarter on Saturday.
Mr. Parodi to the HOUSE pic.twitter.com/IYZ16uSYJ7
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 23, 2021
Arkansas had not returned a punt for a touchdown since 2011 when Joe Adams had four such scores.
Parodi, a 5-foot-9 junior cornerback who rarely plays defensively, was largely considered Arkansas’ “safe” punt returner when the season began. He was reliable, could catch the punts, but few expected him, even amongst his coaches, to be a game-breaker in the return game. Entering Saturday, he had 10 returns for 41 yards.
Parodi is the third different Arkansas player to score a touchdown so far after Blake Kern’s touchdown reception started the game and Treylon Burks followed with a touchdown run then touchdown receptions.