false
349
Wednesday 04/23
Northwestern State
3
Baseball
15
Tuesday 04/22
Northwestern State
1
Baseball
8
Sunday 04/20
Kentucky
0
Softball
8
Sunday 04/20
Vanderbilt
1
Baseball
3
Sunday 04/20
Third Round
Golf - Women
892
Saturday 04/19
Vanderbilt
2
Baseball
1
Saturday 04/19
Kentucky
7
Softball
5
Saturday 04/19
Second Round
Golf - Women
591
Saturday 04/19
War Eagle Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 04/19
Mt. Sac Relays
T&F - Men
Friday 04/18
Vanderbilt
2
Baseball
6
Friday 04/18
Kentucky
4
Softball
3
Friday 04/18
First Round
Golf - Women
6
Friday 04/18
Mt. Sac Relays
T&F - Women
Friday 04/18
NCAA Championship
Gymnastics
Wednesday 04/16
Missouri (SEC Tournament - Day 1)
4
Tennis - Women
0
Wednesday 04/16
LSU
4
Tennis - Men
1
Tuesday 04/15
Stephen F. Austin
2
Baseball
7
Sunday 04/13
LSU
4
Baseball
10
Sunday 04/13
South Carolina
6
Softball
4
Saturday 04/12
South Carolina
7
Softball
5
Saturday 04/12
LSU
1
Tennis - Men
4
Saturday 04/12
LSU
5
Baseball
4
Saturday 04/12
LSU
4
Tennis - Women
1
Saturday 04/12
John McDonnell Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 04/12
John McDonnell Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 04/11
LSU
5
Baseball
3
Friday 04/11
South Carolina
10
Softball
11
Wednesday 04/09
UNLV
2
Baseball
9
Wednesday 04/09
Tulsa
4
Softball
1
Tuesday 04/08
UNLV
10
Baseball
7
Sunday 04/06
Tennessee
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 04/06
University of Tennessee
4
Tennis - Men
0
Sunday 04/06
Aggie Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
301
Sunday 04/06
Final Round
Golf - Women
Saturday 04/05
South Carolina
0
Baseball
7
Saturday 04/05
Alabama (DH - Game 2)
4
Softball
3
Saturday 04/05
NCAA Regional Championship
Gymnastics
Saturday 04/05
Alabama (DH - Game 1)
12
Softball
1
Saturday 04/05
Aggie Invitational - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
606
Saturday 04/05
Second/Third Round Matches
0
Golf - Women
2
Saturday 04/05
Arkansas Spring Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 04/05
Arkansas Spring Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 04/04
Alabama
8
Softball
0
Friday 04/04
South Carolina (DH Game 2)
1
Baseball
4
Friday 04/04
University of Georgia
4
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 04/04
South Carolina (DH Game 1)
2
Baseball
1
Friday 04/04
Georgia
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 04/04
Louisiana Tech
0
Tennis - Women
4
Friday 04/04
First Round
Golf - Women
291
Wednesday 04/02
Nebraska
6
Baseball
4
Tuesday 04/01
Nebraska
3
Baseball
4
Tuesday 04/01
Missouri State
0
Softball
9
Sunday 03/30
Mississippi State
5
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/30
Texas A&M
11
Softball
7
Sunday 03/30
University of South Carolina
4
Tennis - Men
0
Sunday 03/30
South Carolina
4
Tennis - Women
0
Saturday 03/29
Mississippi State (DH Game 2)
5
Baseball
1
Saturday 03/29
Texas A&M (DH - Game 2)
9
Softball
8
Saturday 03/29
Mississippi State (DH Game 1)
0
Baseball
4
Saturday 03/29
Texas A&M (DH - Game 1)
8
Softball
7
Saturday 03/29
Texas Relays
T&F - Women
Saturday 03/29
Texas Relays
T&F - Men
Friday 03/28
Florida
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 03/28
University of Florida
3
Tennis - Men
4
Wednesday 03/26
Mississippi Valley State
0
Baseball
3
Tuesday 03/25
Mississippi Valley State (DH Game 2)
1
Baseball
12
Tuesday 03/25
Jackson State
3
Softball
1
Tuesday 03/25
Jackson State
4
Softball
7
Tuesday 03/25
Mississippi Valley State (DH Game 1)
0
Baseball
6
Tuesday 03/25
Bethune-Cookman
1
Tennis - Women
6
Tuesday 03/25
North Florida
2
Tennis - Women
5
Tuesday 03/25
Valspar Invitational At Floridian - Final RD
Golf - Men
279
Monday 03/24
California
75
Basketball - Men
64
Monday 03/24
Valspar Invitational At Floridian - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
569
Sunday 03/23
Oral Roberts
0
Tennis - Women
6
Sunday 03/23
Ole Miss
7
Softball
15
Sunday 03/23
Alabama
0
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/23
Mississippi State
4
Tennis - Men
2
Sunday 03/23
Mississippi State
1
Tennis - Women
4
Saturday 03/22
Alabama
1
Baseball
2
Saturday 03/22
SEC Championship
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/22
Ole Miss
13
Softball
6
Saturday 03/22
Second/Third Rounds
Golf - Women
882
Friday 03/21
Alabama
17
Baseball
9
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
11
Softball
4
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
4
Tennis - Men
2
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
4
Tennis - Women
3
Friday 03/21
First Round
Golf - Women
302
Wednesday 03/19
Memphis
0
Softball
4
Wednesday 03/19
Grambling State
0
Baseball
8
Tuesday 03/18
Indiana State
71
Basketball - Men
91
Tuesday 03/18
Grambling State
3
Baseball
4
Sunday 03/16
Florida
3
Baseball
9
Sunday 03/16
Missouri
3
Tennis - Women
4
Saturday 03/15
Florida
1
Baseball
0
Saturday 03/15
Tennessee (DH - G2)
8
Softball
0
Saturday 03/15
Tennessee (DH - G1)
4
Softball
5
Saturday 03/15
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Saturday 03/15
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 03/14
Oklahoma
Gymnastics
Friday 03/14
University of Nebraska-Omaha
0
Tennis - Men
5
Friday 03/14
University of Nebraska-Omaha
0
Tennis - Men
5
Friday 03/14
Florida
2
Baseball
1
Friday 03/14
Tennessee
9
Softball
2
Friday 03/14
Texas A&M
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 03/14
Texas A&M University
4
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 03/14
Prairie View A&M
0
Tennis - Women
5
Friday 03/14
Prairie View A&M
1
Tennis - Women
4
Friday 03/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Friday 03/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Thursday 03/13
South Carolina - 2nd Round
71
Basketball - Men
69
Wednesday 03/12
Tulsa
6
Softball
1
Sunday 03/09
California (DH Game 2)
2
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/09
Mississippi Valley State
5
Softball
13
Sunday 03/09
California (DH Game 1)
4
Baseball
3
Sunday 03/09
University of Alabama
3
Tennis - Men
4
Sunday 03/09
Bradley
1
Softball
9
Sunday 03/09
Alabama
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 03/09
Bradley vs. Mississippi Valley State
Softball
Sunday 03/09
Third Round
Golf - Women
892
Saturday 03/08
Nebraska
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/08
Bradley
2
Softball
4
Saturday 03/08
Tulane
0
Baseball
4
Saturday 03/08
Alabama
83
Basketball - Men
58
Saturday 03/08
Mississippi Valley State
4
Softball
20
Saturday 03/08
Mississippi Valley State vs. Bradley
Softball
Saturday 03/08
Second Round
Golf - Women
597
Friday 03/07
San Francisco
2
Baseball
1
Friday 03/07
Auburn University
4
Tennis - Men
3
Friday 03/07
Auburn
4
Tennis - Women
3
Friday 03/07
First Round
Golf - Women
297
Wednesday 03/05
Ole Miss
63
Basketball - W
62
Wednesday 03/05
Ole Miss
80
Basketball - Men
110
Tuesday 03/04
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
287
Monday 03/03
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 2
Golf - Men
296
Monday 03/03
IPFW (Cancelled)
Baseball
Sunday 03/02
MISSOURI
70
Basketball - W
72
Sunday 03/02
University of Kentucky
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 03/02
Kentucky
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 03/02
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 1
Golf - Men
Saturday 03/01
Drake
7
Softball
4
Saturday 03/01
South Alabama (DH Game 2)
5
Baseball
3
Saturday 03/01
Georgia
75
Basketball - Men
87
Saturday 03/01
Georgia
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/01
Louisiana Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Saturday 03/01
South Alabama (DH Game 1)
2
Baseball
1
Saturday 03/01
Louisiana Tech
1
Softball
9
Saturday 03/01
Drake vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Saturday 03/01
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Saturday 03/01
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 02/28
Drake
6
Softball
10
Friday 02/28
Vanderbilt
6
Tennis - Women
1
Friday 02/28
South Alabama
1
Baseball
12
Friday 02/28
Stephen F. Austin
7
Softball
6
Friday 02/28
Vanderbilt University
7
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 02/28
Louisiana Tech vs. Drake
Softball
Friday 02/28
Louisiana Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Friday 02/28
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 02/28
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Thursday 02/27
TEXAS A&M
77
Basketball - W
54
Thursday 02/27
No. 17/15 Kentucky
67
Basketball - Men
71
Sunday 02/23
SIU-Edwardsville
0
Tennis - Men
4
Sunday 02/23
Eastern Illinois
3
Baseball
8
Sunday 02/23
LSU
53
Basketball - W
57
Sunday 02/23
SIU-Edwardsville
1
Tennis - Men
6
Sunday 02/23
Harvard
4
Softball
9
Sunday 02/23
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - Final RD
Golf - Men
282
Saturday 02/22
Mississippi State
69
Basketball - Men
73
Saturday 02/22
Florida Gulf Coast
7
Softball
14
Saturday 02/22
Eastern Illinois
3
Baseball
8
Saturday 02/22
Oklahoma State University
5
Tennis - Men
2
Saturday 02/22
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 2
Golf - Men
286
Saturday 02/22
Villanova
0
Softball
12
Saturday 02/22
SEC Championships - Day Five
Swim & Dive
Saturday 02/22
Alex Wilson Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 02/21
Kentucky
Gymnastics
Friday 02/21
Eastern Illinois
2
Baseball
6
Friday 02/21
North Dakota
1
Softball
20
Friday 02/21
Eastern Michigan
0
Softball
13
Friday 02/21
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 1
Golf - Men
287
Friday 02/21
SEC Championships - Day Four
Swim & Dive
Thursday 02/20
VANDERBILT
56
Basketball - W
50
Thursday 02/20
SEC Championships - Day Three
Swim & Dive
Wednesday 02/19
South Carolina
64
Basketball - Men
71
Wednesday 02/19
Northwestern State
1
Softball
9
Wednesday 02/19
SEC Championships - Day Two
Swim & Dive
Tuesday 02/18
Third Round
Golf - Women
867
Tuesday 02/18
SEC Championships - Day One
Swim & Dive
Monday 02/17
Second Round
Golf - Women
571
Sunday 02/16
Appalachian State
3
Baseball
8
Sunday 02/16
UMKC
0
Softball
10
Sunday 02/16
Purdue
5
Tennis - Women
2
Sunday 02/16
UMKC vs. Butler
Softball
Sunday 02/16
Gator Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
279
Sunday 02/16
First Round
Golf - Women
288
Saturday 02/15
St. John's
0
Softball
10
Saturday 02/15
LSU
70
Basketball - Men
81
Saturday 02/15
Butler vs. UMKC
Softball
Saturday 02/15
Appalachian State
6
Baseball
7
Saturday 02/15
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/15
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 02/15
Jackson State vs. St. John's
Softball
Saturday 02/15
Gator Invitational - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
570
Saturday 02/15
Husky Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 02/14
UMKC vs. Jackson State
Softball
Friday 02/14
Florida
Gymnastics
Friday 02/14
University of Tulsa
4
Tennis - Men
3
Friday 02/14
Appalachian State
2
Baseball
12
Friday 02/14
St. John's
1
Softball
8
Friday 02/14
St. John's vs. UMKC
Softball
Friday 02/14
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 02/14
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 02/14
Oklahoma
5
Tennis - Women
2
Friday 02/14
Jackson State vs. Butler
Softball
Thursday 02/13
ALABAMA
55
Basketball - W
75
Thursday 02/13
Butler
1
Softball
8
Thursday 02/13
Missouri
86
Basketball - Men
85
Thursday 02/13
Jackson State
0
Softball
8
Sunday 02/09
Purdue University
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 02/09
SOUTH CAROLINA
67
Basketball - W
49
Sunday 02/09
Baylor
5
Softball
0
Saturday 02/08
Washington
6
Softball
1
Saturday 02/08
Vanderbilt
75
Basketball - Men
77
Saturday 02/08
San Diego
1
Softball
10
Saturday 02/08
New Mexico Collegiate Classic
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/08
Armory Collegiate Invite
T&F - Women
Friday 02/07
UNLV
4
Softball
12
Friday 02/07
LSU
Gymnastics
Friday 02/07
UC Davis
5
Softball
4
Friday 02/07
University of Texas-Pan American
1
Tennis - Men
6
Friday 02/07
University of Texas-Pan American
1
Tennis - Men
6
Thursday 02/06
FLORIDA
49
Basketball - W
55
Wednesday 02/05
Alabama
58
Basketball - Men
65
Sunday 02/02
AUBURN
56
Basketball - W
48
Sunday 02/02
University of Minnesota
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 02/02
Oklahoma State
6
Tennis - Women
0
Saturday 02/01
LSU
88
Basketball - Men
74
Saturday 02/01
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
3
Tennis - Men
4
Saturday 02/01
Razorback Team Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 02/01
Vanderbilt
83
Swim & Dive
203
Saturday 02/01
Kansas
91
Swim & Dive
207
Saturday 02/01
Razorback Team Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/01
Southern Illinois
0
Tennis - Women
7
Friday 01/31
Auburn
Gymnastics
Friday 01/31
North Texas
0
Tennis - Women
7
Thursday 01/30
TENNESSEE
70
Basketball - W
60
Tuesday 01/28
Missouri
75
Basketball - Men
71
Sunday 01/26
Georgia
5
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 01/26
KENTUCKY
68
Basketball - W
58
Saturday 01/25
Auburn
67
Basketball - Men
86
Saturday 01/25
Rice
86
Swim & Dive
207
Saturday 01/25
Clemson
19
Swim & Dive
230
Saturday 01/25
East Tennessee State University
3
Tennis - Men
4
Saturday 01/25
Cherry and Silver Collegiate Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 01/24
Alabama
Gymnastics
Friday 01/24
Dartmouth College
4
Tennis - Men
3
Friday 01/24
Kansas State
2
Tennis - Women
4
Wednesday 01/22
Tennessee
81
Basketball - Men
74
Sunday 01/19
Wichita State
3
Tennis - Women
4
Sunday 01/19
OLE MISS
65
Basketball - W
68
Sunday 01/19
University of Texas
7
Tennis - Men
0
Sunday 01/19
Wichita State
2
Tennis - Women
4
Saturday 01/18
Georgia
66
Basketball - Men
61
Friday 01/17
Missouri
Gymnastics
Friday 01/17
Arkansas vs Texas Dual
63
T&F - Women
91
Friday 01/17
Arkansas vs Texas Dual
68
T&F - Men
102
Friday 01/17
Mercer University
1
Tennis - Men
6
Friday 01/17
Mercer University
2
Tennis - Men
5
Thursday 01/16
GEORGIA
60
Basketball - W
58
Tuesday 01/14
No. 13/12 Kentucky
85
Basketball - Men
87
Sunday 01/12
MISSISSIPPI STATE
54
Basketball - W
50
Saturday 01/11
No. 10/11 Florida
84
Basketball - Men
82
Saturday 01/11
Alabama
172
Swim & Dive
128
Saturday 01/11
Kentucky
143.5
Swim & Dive
156.5
Friday 01/10
Western Michigan, Bridgeport
Gymnastics
Friday 01/10
Arkansas Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 01/10
Arkansas Invitational
T&F - Women
Thursday 01/09
FLORIDA
59
Basketball - W
52
Wednesday 01/08
Texas A&M
69
Basketball - Men
53
Sunday 01/05
MISSOURI
66
Basketball - W
69
Saturday 01/04
UTSA
71
Basketball - Men
104
Thursday 01/02
SOUTH CAROLINA
55
Basketball - W
51
Saturday 12/28
High Point
48
Basketball - Men
89
Saturday 12/28
Mississippi Valley State
54
Basketball - W
100
Saturday 12/21
South Alabama
60
Basketball - Men
72
Friday 12/20
Tennessee Tech
53
Basketball - W
79
Thursday 12/19
Tennessee-Martin
56
Basketball - Men
102
Thursday 12/12
Savannah State
43
Basketball - Men
72
Tuesday 12/10
Tulsa
43
Basketball - W
81
Saturday 12/07
Northwestern State
53
Basketball - W
74
Saturday 12/07
Clemson
68
Basketball - Men
74
Friday 12/06
Creighton
3
Volleyball
1
Wednesday 12/04
Kansas
53
Basketball - W
64
Tuesday 12/03
Southeastern Louisiana
65
Basketball - Men
111
Saturday 11/30
Binghamton
23
Basketball - W
72
Friday 11/29
Southeast Missouri
37
Basketball - W
88
Friday 11/29
LSU
31
Football
27
Wednesday 11/27
Missouri
0
Volleyball
3
Wednesday 11/27
No. 11 Gonzaga
91
Basketball - Men
81
Tuesday 11/26
Minnesota
73
Basketball - Men
87
Monday 11/25
California
85
Basketball - Men
77
Sunday 11/24
Western Michigan
46
Basketball - W
61
Sunday 11/24
Mississippi State
0
Volleyball
3
Sunday 11/24
Duke
2
Soccer
2
Saturday 11/23
NCAA Championship
CC - Women
Saturday 11/23
Mississippi State
24
Football
17
Saturday 11/23
NCAA Championship
CC - Men
Saturday 11/23
Missouri Invite - Day Three
Swim & Dive
Friday 11/22
Missouri State
44
Basketball - W
78
Friday 11/22
South Carolina
0
Volleyball
3
Friday 11/22
St. John's (NY)
0
Soccer
1
Friday 11/22
Missouri Invite - Day Two
Swim & Dive
Thursday 11/21
Missouri Invite - Day One
Swim & Dive
Tuesday 11/19
Middle Tennessee State
51
Basketball - W
66
Monday 11/18
SMU
78
Basketball - Men
89
Saturday 11/16
Furman
45
Basketball - W
74
Friday 11/15
Louisiana
63
Basketball - Men
76
Friday 11/15
Oklahoma State
1
Soccer
2
Friday 11/15
NCAA South Central Regional
CC - Women
Friday 11/15
NCAA South Central Regional
CC - Men
Wednesday 11/13
Oral Roberts
33
Basketball - W
91
Sunday 11/10
Auburn
3
Volleyball
1
Saturday 11/09
Missouri State
88.5
Swim & Dive
203.5
Saturday 11/09
Ole Miss
34
Football
24
Friday 11/08
Alabama
3
Volleyball
1
Friday 11/08
SIU-Edwardsville
65
Basketball - Men
99
Friday 11/08
Sam Houston State (Elementary Day)
45
Basketball - W
81
Wednesday 11/06
No. 1 Florida
1
Soccer
0
Tuesday 11/05
Northeastern State (Exh.)
Basketball - Men
Monday 11/04
No. 9 Missouri
0
Soccer
4
Sunday 11/03
Missouri Southern (Exhibition)
Basketball - W
Sunday 11/03
Ole Miss
0
Volleyball
3
Sunday 11/03
Houston Cougar Invitational Day 3
Tennis - Women
Saturday 11/02
Auburn
35
Football
17
Saturday 11/02
Houston Cougar Invitational Day 2
Tennis - Women
Friday 11/01
MSSU
Basketball - Men
Friday 11/01
Kentucky
3
Volleyball
1
Friday 11/01
SEC Championship
CC - Women
Friday 11/01
SEC Championship
CC - Men
Friday 11/01
Houston Cougar Invitational Day 1
Tennis - Women
Thursday 10/31
Missouri
1
Soccer
2
Tuesday 10/29
Third Round
Golf - Women
851
Monday 10/28
Second Round
Golf - Women
562
Sunday 10/27
Red-White 2013
Basketball - Men
Sunday 10/27
Georgia
1
Soccer
0
Sunday 10/27
LSU
3
Volleyball
2
Sunday 10/27
First Round
Golf - Women
279
Sunday 10/27
FGCU Invitational Day 3
Tennis - Men
   
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12/21/2013
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Today is the fall commencement ceremony at the University of Arkansas, and 34 Razorback student-athletes are celebrating earning their degree. That list includes fullback Kiero Small, one of the most popular Razorbacks on campus and in the community. Kiero, graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology, is the first college graduate in his family. He was asked to write his thoughts as he ends his time at Arkansas. Below is what he provided.

Waking up this morning preparing to attend my college graduation from the University of Arkansas, I am ecstatic and also thankful that the road I took was rocky and muddy and not the common one because I don't see myself today as a common man. I stand here today a man that can look a challenge in the face and say that's no big deal. I stand here today a man that can be knocked down and, while getting back up and casually brushing myself off, ask ‘Is that all you got?'

The road I have taken was one that could have probably been avoided if I took school more seriously in high school. As a big fish in a little pond I thought I could just play good football and school would take care of itself. Needless to say it didn't take care of itself and, since I didn't take care of it, I barely graduated high school. As a high school grad I didn't know what my next move would be.

Out of options and wanting badly to continue playing ball, I had to go military school in Wayne, Pennsylvania. While at military school I was buried in chain of command and was taking orders. I also didn't have the season I wanted to on the field and missed my SAT score by 10 points. After the season I knew this wasn't for me and I dropped out. So that I wouldn't be embarrassed telling people I didn't make it I just told people I didn't want to play football.

I returned home to Baltimore lost again as I was when I left high school. After about a month of being home my dad sat me down and talked to me saying either I go to school or I work and pay bills, because a real man doesn't lie around for free. Seeing myself as a real man I went to work with him. I moved from where I was from in northeast Baltimore to the west side of town with my father. I was an outsider and always had to be prepared for whatever came my way because I wasn't from that neighborhood. I caught the bus to and from work. While working with my father I was a jack of all trades helping him run his business. I did this job managing, handling money and helping advertise, but after a year seeing others around me get caught up in trouble and not improving in life I knew I had to get a better life. I knew I had to go back to school and since nobody I knew could afford it I knew a football scholarship was my only option.

When I made this choice I went to the Baltimore City Public Library and printed out contact information for every junior college in California. I called every school, and I got denied, turned down and, in some cases, even hung up on. I eventually got a call back from Matt Collins at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He also knew my cousin from a previous school. I decided this was my last shot. I saved $800 and, after buying my $500 plane ticket, I touched down with my father in California with $300 and three duffle bags of clothes.

My father left the next morning, but I was not lacking company. I lived in a two-bedroom apartment with six other guys. With seven guys in a two-bedroom shack this wasn't the beautiful ocean drive you see in the movies. While in Cali I would alternate months between asking my cousin Barry Mackall and my father for $300. My rent was $250 so I had $50 to eat with each month. $50 anywhere isn't much but in California it's even less. I would buy a 15-pound bag of rice, ramen noodles and frozen chicken each month. Once the ramen and chicken ran out at the end of the month I would eat just rice three times a day seasoning it differently each time to change the taste. Knowing money was hard to come by I knew if I didn't figure something out I may not be able to afford to stay.

To take the burden of paying my rent off of my father and cousin I moved into one of my teammates, Charles Russell, parents' house with him and his family. They were great and kind people and I followed the rules and helped around the house. Another family that made me feel like I had a home away from home was Mark Ramos and his family. Without these families I wouldn't be here today. I eventually moved back into another two-bedroom apartment with seven more guys and the struggle was back on.

I decided that no matter how much I struggled I was not going back to Baltimore as I did when I was in military school. I decided that when I went to Baltimore my parents would have someone to be proud of. My first year of JuCo I made all-conference as an inside linebacker, but what I was most proud of was my 3.7 GPA. Having gone through what I did before I knew that all-conference meant nothing if I didn't have a good GPA. One thing that did discourage me after the season was no schools offered me a scholarship. Some schools talked to me but it was never anything serious. A coach from a Division II college even told me I wasn't good enough to play there.

Not allowing this to eat away at me, I went into my next season and performed even better than the year before while at the same time not allowing my GPA to fall. But again, as the year before, not one single offer.

I went home to Baltimore not knowing what was going to happen. My coach sent my film to the University of Arkansas. They liked my tape but not as a linebacker. They wanted me to play fullback. I hadn't played offense full-time in four years. I was nervous but I went with the flow. If they would have asked me to play kicker I would have been ok with it. I knew that this was my shot and I needed a scholarship. The coaches came to my house and, seeing the look on my family and friends faces, I promised myself that if they offered me I would come here and put everything I had into graduating and playing at the next level. I was brought on an official visit and I was offered a scholarship on the last day of the visit. Of course I said yes. After being offered I was put on a plane back to California to finish my last semester of JuCo. While on the plane before taking off from Arkansas I cried tears of joy and knew that I was given a shot. I had to make it work from here.

Through everything I've encountered during my time at Arkansas, this has been great experience. The fans have embraced me and I love the state of Arkansas. I want to give a special thanks to all the academic advisors, training staff and support staff available to me here and especially to all the coaches who have help me move forward in this journey of life.

Jeff Long is a very smart and fearless leader. He made a personal connection and helped us get through very difficult times before bringing in Coach Bielema. Coach B came in here as a stand-up guy. He's honest and a great example for us. He truly emphasizes academics just as much as football and that will have a great impact as he grows this program. My time at Arkansas has been amazing, and I am thankful for everyone.

As I said before, the road I took was not common. It was tough, hard and at some points intolerable. But I think those times helped mold me into the man I am today, which is an uncommon man. A man that can look anything in the face and say ‘This isn't hard. What I have been through was hard; this is a piece of cake'.

As I walk across this stage I will always remember a quote by Jay-Z "If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear." I believe this quote sums me up as a man because no matter what I will not lose. Failure is not an option.

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