HOGS TAKE ON TIGERS IN ANNUAL
LSU (9-1, 6-1 SEC) will be looking clinch a share of the SEC Western Division title and punch its ticket to next weekend’s SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga.
NOTING THE RAZORBACKS:
* For the 10th-consecutive year since its inception,
* Five of
LSU holds a 7-1-1 advantage in games played in
From 2001-03, the winner of the game went on to represent the SEC Western Division in the SEC Championship Game. This week's game will mark the 10th time the two teams have met on the Friday following Thanksgiving. The post-holiday football tradition began in 1996.
OTHER SERIES NOTES: LSU has outscored
In six of the last seven meetings, the trophy has changed hands. LSU is the only school to defend the trophy. LSU won the trophy in its first two years (1996, 1997) before
UPSET ALERT: A national ranking has not necessarily been a favorable sign in the UA-LSU series history. There have been 12 meetings when one team holds a national ranking and one team is unranked. Of those 12 games, the unranked team has won six of those meetings, including winning four of the last six.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE TIGERS: No. 12 LSU spoiled
LSU quarterback Marcus Randall threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more to lead the Tigers to the win.
LAST TIME IN BATON ROUGE: The LSU offense put up 55 points, including 34 in the first half, as the No. 3 Tigers cruised to a 55-24 victory over the Razorbacks in
FAMILIAR NAME: Razorback fans are sure to recognize one name on the LSU football roster. True freshman fullback Steven Korte is the son of former Arkansas All-America offensive lineman Steve Korte.
The elder Korte lettered at
FRESHMEN 1,000-YARD RUSHERS: When
LSU's Justin Vincent and
The only other freshman running backs in the history of the league to earn 1,000 yards are Herschel Walker (1,616) in 1980, Emmitt Smith (1,341) in 1987, Reggie Cobb (1,197) in 1987, Chuck Webb (1,236) in 1989 and Jamal Lewis (1,364) in 1997.
FAMILIAR FACE: LSU special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto once held similar responsibilities at the
Peveto was part of the Razorbacks' first SEC Western Division championship in 1995. He worked with a number of standouts including former All-SEC linebacker Mark Smith. A former SMU football four-year letterman, Peveto is in his first season with the Tigers.
OTHER UA-LSU CONNECTIONS:
* LSU offensive guard Brett Helms was a standout at
* LSU head coach Les Miles and
* LSU offensive line coach Stacy Searels coached with
HOGS AGAINST NO. 3 RANKED TEAMS:
The only win in 12 tries came when
Ironically, the Razorbacks’ most recent meeting against a No. 3 team came two years ago in
DENTING THE SCOREBOARD: Through the first 10 games of the 2005 season,
The longest scoring streak in Razorback history is 125 games set from 1973-83. The Hogs were shut out by
RACKING UP 20: The Razorbacks have made a routine of racking up 20 points since Houston Nutt arrived in
Defensive end Antwain Robinson became the 18th true freshman to play for the Hogs when he saw action against Ole Miss. In addition to Robinson, Stephen Arnold (PK), Cole Barthel (QB), Mark Bonner (CB), Casey Dick (QB), Freddie Fairchild (LB), Reggie Fish (WR), Elston Forte (FS), Tyrell Graham (LB), Cord Gray (DT), Felix Jones (RB), Jamar Love (CB), Darren McFadden (TB), Will Moore (PK), Mitch Petrus (OL), Marcus Shavers (DT), Brandon Sturdivant (LB) and Jose Valdez (OT) have all played in at least one game in their true freshman season.
NUTT IN NOVEMBER:
Nutt was a combined 11-7 in November in his previous head coaching stints at
Nutt in November at
1998 - 2-2
1999 - 2-2
2000 - 2-2
2001 - 3-1
2002 - 5-0
2003 - 4-1
2004 - 2-2
2005 - 2-1
Total - 22-11
HOGS’ SCHEDULE RANKED FOURTH IN THE NATION:
The Hogs have navigated a top-10 nationally ranked schedule in three of the last four seasons. It appears that stat will soon be four of the last five seasons.
HOGS AMONG NATION’S BEST IN RUSHING:
The only times the Hogs have failed to reach the opponent’s rush defense average was against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Arkansas rushed for 194 yards against Vanderbilt after the Commodores had given up 274 yards in their season opener. The Hogs gained 89 yards rushing against Ole Miss when the Rebels were averaging 139.5 yards rushing a game coming in to the
In fact, freshman tailback Darren McFadden has single-handedly topped the Hogs’ opponents’ average in six of nine outings including against all four ranked opponents the Razorbacks have played this season.
LEADING THE LEAGUE:
TRIPLE DIGIT RUSHERS: The Razorbacks’ rushing success has resulted in 10 100-yard rushing efforts in 10 games this season.
Freshman Darren McFadden has already set a new UA freshman record with five 100-yard rushing games. McFadden topped the 100-yard mark against Louisiana-Monroe (125),
Senior tailback De’Arrius Howard topped the 100-yard mark in the first two games this season (120 vs.
TRIO OF 100-YARD RUSHERS: A trio of Razorbacks found plenty of running room in
Sophomore Peyton Hillis racked up 135 yards and three touchdowns on 14 attempts in the victory. It was Hillis' first career 100-yard rushing game. Senior tailback De'Arrius Howard tallied his fourth career 100-yard rushing effort with 120 yards on 12 carries. Freshman tailback Darren McFadden also made a run at the 100-yard mark earning 70 yards on nine carries.
The last time
RUSHING TO PAYDIRT:
The win over the Rebels marked only the fifth time in 19 occurrences that the Hogs have won a game without a rushing score in the Houston Nutt era. The Razorbacks scored on an interception return and three passing touchdowns in their win over the Rebels.
The last time Arkansas won a game without a rushing touchdown was in 2002 when the Hogs topped South Carolina 23-0 on two passing scores and three field goals.
Other Rushing Superlatives:
TOTAL EFFORT: While the rushing game has been the primary catalyst,
The 483 yards earned on the ground ranked seventh on the school record chart for rushing yards in a game. The last time
FRESHMEN LEADING THE WAY:
It is the first time in school history that two true freshmen have recorded a 100-yard rushing game in the same season. In fact, McFadden and Jones each earned 100 yards rushing in the same game against Louisiana-Monroe earlier this season.
McFadden set a new UA freshman single game rushing record with 190 yards against No. 4 Georgia. In the process, McFadden became the first UA freshman to earn 100 yards in three or more games in his first season.
Single Game 100-Yard Rushing Performances by a UA Freshman
190 - Darren McFadden vs.
187 - Darren McFadden vs.
169 - Darryl Bowles vs.
165 - Darren McFadden vs.
143 - Brandon Holmes vs. LSU, 2000
137 - Felix Jones vs.
131 - Matt Jones vs.
125 - Darren McFadden vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2005
125 - James Rouse vs.
121 - De'Arrius Howard vs.
118 - Oscar Malone vs. LSU, 1992
110 - Matt Jones vs. Ole Miss, 2001
108 - Darren McFadden vs.
107 - Cedric Cobbs vs.
103 - Chrys Chukwuma vs.
102 - Felix Jones vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2005
FRESHMEN FEAT: Freshmen tailbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones made some history when both players rushed for more than 100 yards in
RISING STAR: Freshman Darren McFadden is off to a torrid start in his Razorback career. The
McFadden has rushed for 70+ yards in eight of his 10 collegiate games including a 190-yard effort against
RANKING AMONG THE NATION’S BEST:
McFadden ranks second overall among the nation’s freshmen with 105.6 rushing yards per game. He is second with five 100-yard rushing games with two of those efforts coming against ranked opponents. His 6.95 yards-per-carry average also ranks second among freshmen.
McFADDEN AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS IN RUSHING: Darren McFadden finds himself among the SEC rushing leaders again this week with his average of 105.6 yards per game. McFadden ranks second in the SEC trailing only
McFadden actually led the SEC two weeks ago with a 108.6 yard average, but tallied only 22 rushing yards against Ole Miss. He rebounded with a 165-yard effort against
McFadden is attempting to become only the third freshman to lead the SEC in rushing. Only
Seven Razorbacks have led the league in rushing in school history. Cedric Cobbs was the last and the only one to lead the SEC when he topped the league in 2003 with an average of 110.0 yards per game. No UA freshman has ever led the league in rushing.
UPPING THE AVERAGE IN LEAGUE PLAY: As impressive as McFadden’s 105.6 rushing average is, his average in league play has been even better. The freshman is racking up 110.4 yards per game in SEC play.
McFadden ranks second only behind
TOPPING 1,000: McFadden became the first Razorback freshman and seventh UA player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season in the Hogs’ 44-10 win over
McFadden earned the mark in style breaking away for a 64-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs. McFadden is the third Razorback in the last four seasons to reach that mark after Talley (2002) and Cobbs (2003) both achieved their 1,000-yard campaigns under Houston Nutt.
The previous six Razorbacks have combined for a total of nine 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Ben Cowins rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times in his career while Dickey Morton accomplished the feat twice.
Madre Hill, Cedric Cobbs, Fred Talley and James Rouse all recorded one 1,000-yard season.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000 QUICKLY: Darren McFadden took the second fastest trek to 1,000 rushing yards in school history. Only Ben Cowins in 1976, reached the milestone quicker than the current Razorback tailback.
Cowins reached the 1,000-yard mark on his 147th rushing attempt of the season. McFadden eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on rushing attempt number 152. No other Razorbacks have reached 1,000 yards in less than 160 attempts.
SEC 1,000-YARD FRESHMAN CAMPAIGNS: Even in a league with the rich history of the Southeastern Conference, only seven times has a freshman rushed for 1,000 yards or more in a season.
Legendary running backs Herschel Walker and Emmitt Smith were the first two to accomplish the feat in 1980 and 1987, respectively. The last freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards was LSU’s Justin Vincent in 2003.
McFadden is only the 69th freshman in NCAA history to reach that milestone. Northwestern’s Tyrell Sutton and
RECORD-BREAKING FRESHMAN: Darren McFadden is already re-writing the UA freshman record book. With his five 100-yard rushing efforts this season, he became the only UA freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game more than two times in his first season as a Razorback. Only Matt Jones and current teammate Felix Jones have as many as two 100-yard rushing games in their freshman campaign.
McFadden broke Darryl Bowles (169) single-game rushing record by a freshman when he tallied 190 yards against No. 4 Georgia. In the process he also passed Cedric Cobbs (668) for the UA freshman single-season rushing mark.
With two touchdowns against
McFadden Freshman Records Broken
Single Game - Rushing
190 - Darren McFadden vs.
Previous Record: 169 - Darryl Bowles vs.
Season - Rushing
891 - Darren McFadden (Through 9 games)
Previous Record: 668 - Cedric Cobbs, 2002
100-Yard Rushing Games
5 - Darren McFadden, 2005
Previous Record: 2 - Matt Jones (2001) and Felix Jones (2005)
10 - Darren McFadden, 2005
Previous Record: 9 - James Rouse (1985)
TWO-GAME TOTAL: When it comes to back-to-back rushing performances, only former Razorback tailback Fred Talley can match what Darren McFadden accomplished in games against No. 4 Georgia and South Carolina.
McFadden rushed for 190 yards against
Ironically, Talley returned to
McFadden is also chasing another school record held by the former Razorback. Talley boasted four games of 180+ yards rushing in his Razorback career. McFadden is one of only five UA running backs to earn at least two games of 180 or more yards. Dickey Morton, Ben Cowins, Madre Hill and McFadden all have two entries on that list.
ACCUMULATING ACCOLADES: Darren McFadden is not only racking up rushing yards this season, he is picking up plenty of individual awards as well. McFadden has twice been named the SEC Freshman of the Week earning the honor in back-to-back weeks for his performances against No. 21 Auburn and No. 4 Georgia.
McFadden added a national award to his resume when he was selected as the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week after a 190-yard two touchdown outing against the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs.
VERSATILE PERFORMER: Darren McFadden also ranks among the nation’s leaders in all-purpose yardage. McFadden ranks second in the SEC and 31st in the nation with an average of 136.1 all-purpose yards per game.
In addition to his 1,056 rushing yards, McFadden has racked up 38 yards receiving and 267 yards on kickoff returns. His total of 1,361 all-purpose yards ranks fifth on the UA single season record list.
MORE ON McFADDEN:
* He leads the team with 1,056 yards and 10 touchdowns on 152 carries through 10 games.
* He has earned 70+ yards in eight of his 10 collegiate games. He earned only one rushing attempt against Vanderbilt (6).
* He ranks second in the SEC and 22nd in the nation averaging 105.6 yards per game.
* His 6.9 yards-per-carry average is the highest of any SEC running back listed in the top 10 in rushing yards. The next highest average is 5.9 yards per carry by
* He ranks second in the SEC in rushing touchdowns with 10. Nine of his 10 scores have come in the last seven games including two touchdown efforts against Louisiana-Monroe,
* He has led the Hogs in rushing yardage in seven of the last eight games including against No. 1 USC, No. 4 Georgia, No. 20 Alabama, No. 21 Auburn, South Carolina and
FELIX LEADS NATION IN KO RETURNS: Freshman Felix Jones is leading the nation in kickoff returns with a 33.73 average per return. Jones was eighth last week, but vaulted all the way to the top of the NCAA list after recording a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against
In addition to his 100-yard effort against the Bulldogs, he tallied a 67-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown against No. 1 USC. He has 15 kickoff returns for 506 yards and a touchdown in the Hogs’ first 10 games.
The last Razorback to lead the league in kickoff returns was Derek Holloway in 1982. Holloway led the Southwest Conference with an average of 21.7 yards per kickoff return.
No UA player has ever led the nation in kickoff returns.
MOVING UP THE RECORD LIST: Felix Jones is assaulting the UA record books at least as far as kickoff returns and all-purpose yardage go. Jones total of 506 yards kickoff return yards already ranks second on the UA single-season record chart trailing only DeCori Birmingham’s 638 yards in 2002.
His total of 1,238 all-purpose yards ranks 13th on the UA single season list.
DON’T FORGET FELIX: Sometimes overshadowed by the remarkable season of his fellow freshman tailback Darren McFadden, Felix Jones is quietly posting an outstanding campaign as a tailback and kick returner.
Jones ranks fourth in the SEC and 42nd in the nation with an average of 123.8 all-purpose yards per game.
He leads the nation in kickoff return average with a 33.7 clip. He has returned 15 kickoffs for 506 yards and a touchdown including a 100-yard return for a touchdown against
Jones ranks 11th in the SEC and 98th in the country with an average of 62.1 yards per game on the ground. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, second only to McFadden (6.8) among the SEC’s top 15 rushers. He has 621 yards and three touchdowns on 95 carries.
He is only the third UA freshman to rush for 100 yards or more twice in his first season. Jones tallied 137 yards in the season opener against
OTHER JONES NOTES:
* Jones ranks second on the team in rushing with 651 yards and three touchdowns on 95 carries.
* He has earned 60 or more yards rushing in six of 10 contests including three of the last four games against
* His 62.1 yards per game average ranks 11th in the SEC and 98th in the nation.
* Jones got off to a quick start as a Razorback by rushing for a game-high 137 yards and one touchdown on eight carries in leading the Hogs to a 49-17 win over
* His 137 yards rank fifth in Razorback frosh history. Jones holds the distinction as the only
* Jones' second career rush from scrimmage also etched his name in the UA record books. The 80-yard touchdown run was the longest scoring run by a freshman in school history and the longest rush from scrimmage by a Razorback since Fred Talley raced 81 yards against
Dick completed 17-of-24 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He completed only five of his first 12 pass attempts before connecting on 12 consecutive passes down the stretch for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Marcus Monk for a pair of touchdowns from 24 and 23 yards and connected with Peyton Hillis for a four-yard touchdown.
His .708 completion percentage ranks tied for 10th on the UA single game completion percentage chart (minimum 20 attempts). He completed passes to six different receivers including multiple balls to five targets.
Dick became the third Razorback to win the SEC freshman award. Tailback Felix Jones won the award for his performance in the season opener against
CASEY AT THE SNAP: Freshman Casey Dick saw his first collegiate action and made his first career start at quarterback against
Dick completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 137 yards and a touchdown in his debut. He connected with Peyton Hillis for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his first career touchdown pass. He also threw an interception against the Gamecocks.
Dick is the seventh true freshman quarterback in Razorback history, since freshmen were made eligible in 1972, to make a start. The last true frosh to take the first snap was Zak Clark against Ole Miss in 2000. Former Razorback quarterback Matt Jones played extensively at quarterback as a true freshman, but never started a game in his freshman season.
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Although Casey Dick has played in only three college games, the freshman is making up ground in the passing game. Dick already ranks tied for ninth in the SEC with six touchdown passes.
He has earned at least one touchdown pass in each of his three starts including two against
On the season, Dick has completed 41-of-71 pass attempts for 436 yards and six touchdowns.
Roper was a preseason All-SEC pick by nearly every preseason publication and was tabbed as the No. 2 center in the Southeastern Conference and the No. 14 center in the nation by The Sporting News. He started 11 games last season grading out at 90 percent or better in 10 of those games. The Powder Springs,
The Rimington Trophy recipient is determined by a consensus of the four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Football Foundation, the America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.
Monk hauled in five catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Rebels. Monk was on the receiving end of touchdown passes of 24 and 23 yards from freshman quarterback Casey Dick.
His five-catch total tied for the second-most receptions in a game during his career. He earned a career-high seven catches last season against
It marked the third time Monk has recorded two receiving touchdowns in a game joining the 2004 Louisiana-Monroe and 2005
Monk continued his hot streak with four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown against
Monk leads the Hogs in receiving yards (397) and ranks second on the team with 32 catches. He also leads the team with seven receiving touchdowns. Monk has made at least three catches in 13 of his 21 career games as a Razorback including six of 10 games this season
Monk’s 39.70 receiving yards per game ranks him 26th in the SEC. His 3.20 receptions per contest rates him 13th in the SEC.
PEYTON AND THE PASSING GAME:
Hillis has racked up 22 catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns in his last five games including a a career-high seven balls for 81 yards against No. 21 Auburn.
Hillis has now tallied 35 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns on the season. His 3.50 catches per game average ranks tied for 10th among SEC pass catchers. His ranks 24th in the SEC in receiving yards per game with 34.40.
Hillis has also been a steady contributor in the rushing attack as well. He ranks 19th in the SEC in rushing with an average of 31.50 yards per game.
FILLING IN UP FRONT: Junior Jeremy Harrell saw his first significant playing time at offensive guard against Ole Miss. Harrell played 41 snaps at right guard against the Rebels earning a 93 percent grade on passing plays. The former defensive tackle was switched to the offensive line prior to the
Jonathan Luigs started at right guard, but was forced to man the center position when starting center Kyle Roper was unable to continue due to injury. Harrell filled in admirably and could earn his first start at the position this weekend if Roper is not available to play.
Harrell earned his first start at offensive guard against
RAZORBACK OFFENSE TIDBITS:
* Junior wide receiver Cedric
PICKING IT UP IN LEAGUE PLAY: After a rough start that saw the Razorback defense yield 1,482 yards of total offense in the first three games (494.0 avg.) including 736 to Southern California in the third game of the season, the
In the seven games since that three-game stretch, the Hogs have yielded 1,977 yards of total offense for an average of 282.4 yards per game.
The Hogs rank third in the SEC in total defense in league play allowing an average of 294.0 yards per game.
BUCKLING UP AGAINST THE RUN:
No. 4 Georgia managed only 52 yards on 30 carries while
The 10 yards allowed against Ole Miss ranked tied for 10th fewest yards given up by a Razorback defense. It was the fewest since
SACK PARTY: The Razorbacks are turning up the heat on opposing quarterbacks.
Strong safety Randy Kelly snared his first career interception and raced 42 yards for a touchdown to put
The Ole Miss game marked the third time this season
SCOOP AND SCORE: When
Darius Vinnett added an entry to that list in the 2005 season opener with a 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Hogs' 49-17 win over
Randy Kelly found the end zone in the Razorbacks’ 28-17 win over Ole Miss. Kelly raced 42 yards for a score on his first career interception against the Rebels.
HOW 'BOUT 'BUTU: Junior weakside linebacker Sam Olajubutu appears to have carried the momentum of a strong spring and fall camp into the 2005 campaign.
Olajubutu leads the Razorbacks and ranks third in the Southeastern Conference in tackles with an average of 9.5 stops per game. His average also places him 32nd in the nation in rankings compiled by press box totals. Olajubutu ranks tied for 18th in the country in solo tackles per game with an average of 6.20 per contest.
* He ranks tied for 32nd in the nation with an average of 9.5 stops per game. He rates third in the SEC with that average.
* He ranks 18th in the nation in solo tackles per game with an average of 6.20 solo stops a game.
* He ranks 64th in the nation in tackles for loss (1.15 per game).
* He leads the Razorbacks with 111 tackles (coaches’ totals) including 12.5 tackles for loss (-37).
* He has eight double-digit tackle games in his career including five this season.
* He is averaging 10.25 tackles per game against ranked foes this season including 14 vs. No. 1 USC, 16 vs. No. 20 Alabama and 18 vs. No. 21 Auburn.
* Olajubutu tied for the team lead with 15 tackles on 57 defensive snaps in
* He recorded eight tackles against Vanderbilt before racking up 14 tackles against No. 1 USC. Eleven of his 14 stops against the Trojans were of the solo variety.
* Against No. 20 Alabama, Olajubutu made 16 tackles including two tackles for loss (-10).
* He tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including a tackle for loss (-2) in the Hogs’ win over Louisiana-Monroe.
* He set a new career high with 18 tackles, including 12 solo stops, against No. 21 Auburn. He earned two tackles for loss (-10) and one sack (-9) against the Tigers.
BUTU ADDED TO LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST:
The Rotary Lombardi Award is celebrating its 36th year of honoring the finest linemen in college football. The 2005 winner will be announced on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston. To be eligible for the Rotary Lombardi Award, a player must play on the line of scrimmage (including tight ends on offensive) or must be a linebacker who lines up within five yards of the football.
An initial list, based on 2004 postseason and 2005 preseason honors, was compiled prior to the start of the season. Olajubutu was one of several players garnering recognition as a mid-season addition.
Olajubutu is the first Razorback to be named to the Lombardi Watch List since offensive tackle Shawn Andrews was one of four Lombardi Award finalists in 2003.
SIMS’ SUPER EFFORT: Junior defensive end Desmond Sims turned in a career-best performance against
Sims led the Razorbacks with his 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. It was the first double-digit tackle game of his career. He earned 4.5 tackles for loss (-49) and 2.5 sacks (-14). He tallied 2.5 of the Razorbacks’ season-high five sacks.
He forced a fumble on a sack of USC quarterback Blake Mitchell at the Gamecocks’ 30-yard line in the third quarter. Teammate Keith Jackson recovered the fumble for the Razorbacks.
He earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against
He ranks fourth on the squad with 67 tackles including 5.5 tackles for loss (-28) and 2.5 sacks (-22).
RAZORBACK DEFENSE TIDBITS:
* Sophomore Michael Grant had a big day in
AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS:
The Razorbacks rank second in the nation in kickoff returns with a 28.2 yard per return average. Only
BALSEIRO SPLITTING THE UPRIGHTS: Senior placekicker Chris Balseiro appears to be making the most of his final season in a Razorback uniform. After missing his first attempt of the season from 44 yards, Balseiro has hit 12 of his last 14 field goal attempts including a career-long tying 42-yard field goal against Louisiana-Monroe.
His 80.0 percent (12-15) field goal conversion percentage ranks fifth among league kickers. His average of 1.20 field goals made per game places him third in the league and 40th in the nation.
Overall he has made 23 of his last 28 field goal attempts dating back to 2003.
Balseiro has made 31 of 32 PAT attempts this season. He had converted 33 straight PAT until his first extra point against Louisiana-Monroe was blocked this season. He ranks third in the SEC in kick scoring with an average of 6.7 points per game.
SKINNER HITTING STRIDE: Junior punter Jacob Skinner is hitting his stride as the UA punter. Skinner has averaged more than 40 yards per punt in seven of the Razorbacks’ 10 games this season including in five of his last six games. He garnered a career-high 48.2 average against No. 4 Georgia.
Skinner topped the 40.0 yard average mark seven times in his first two seasons, but has never averaged more than 40 yards for a season. Thus far this season, Skinner has punted 43 times for 1,805 yards for an average of 42.0 yards per kick. He ranks fourth in the SEC and 30th in the nation with that average. The last UA punter to average more than 40.0 yards a punt for the season was Richie Butler (42.5) in 2001.
Skinner has landed 13 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line including at least one in eight of the Razorbacks’ 10 games this season. His towering punts have forced 16 fair catches this season.
Skinner’s performance has helped the Hogs rank seventh in the nation in net punting with an average of 38.5 net yards per punt.
HILLIS MAKING HIS MARK: Sophomore tailback Peyton Hillis is already making his presence felt on UA special teams. Hillis is the Hogs’ primary punt returner and now has added the role of kickoff coverage to his resume.
In the Razorbacks’ 28-17 win over Ole Miss, Hillis made two tackles on the kickoff coverage team holding the Rebels inside their 20-yard line on both kicks. He also returned three punts for 34 yards including a career-long 27 yard return in the third quarter.
Hillis leads the Hogs with a total of 16 punt returns for 165 yards. His 10.3 yards per return average ranks fifth in the SEC and 36th in the nation.
NUTT LEADS EAST INTO
The game, recently relocated to the
A total of 25 Razorbacks have participated in the East-West Shrine Game in its history. Nutt will be the first Razorback to coach in the game.
Nutt also ranks as the second-longest tenured coach in the SEC behind only
DEAN OF OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS: Houston Nutt also holds the distinction of being the longest-tenured offensive coordinator in the SEC. Nutt has spearheaded the offense and called the plays in all eight seasons with the Razorbacks.
The offensive recipe has obviously been successful as exhibited by the Hogs leading the league in scoring offense over the past three years (2002-04) with an average of 29.8 points per game. In addition, the Razorbacks lead the league in red zone efficiency (83.6%) and rank third in total offense (393.0 yards per game) in that same span.
Nutt has guided the Hogs to offensive success since he arrived in 1998. In the past seven seasons, Arkansas ranks as the No. 1 team in rushing offense (183.3 yards per game) and in turnover margin (+.476 turnovers per game).
In 2004, Herring guided the Wolfpack to a dramatic turnaround on the defensive side of the ball.
Prior to his stint at
As a player, Herring was a three-year starting linebacker at
HERRING RANKED AMONG NATION'S BEST: New
Virginia Tech's Bud Foster was ranked as the top defensive coordinator in the nation by Rivals followed by Bo Pellini (LSU), Gene Chizik (
HALL OF FAME ROCKER:
In August, he was officially enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in
Other Razorback coaches enshrined include head coaches Hugo Bezdek (1954), Frank Broyles (1983) and Bowden Wyatt (1997) as well as assistant coaches Johnny Majors (1987), Barry Switzer (2001), Doug Dickey (2003) and Hayden Fry (2003). Former Razorback players inducted are Wear Schoonover (1962), Clyde Scott (1971), Lance Alworth (1984), Loyd Phillips (1992), Chuck Dicus (1999), Billy Ray Smith Jr. (2000) and Wayne Harris (2004).
Rocker also added to his resume last summer when he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The