OG, 6-4, 328
(Cypress Creek HS)
OUTLOOK: Felton is the veteran of a UA offensive line that is rich in talent, but largely limited in experience. The departure of stalwarts Stephen Parker, Zac Tubbs and Tony Ugoh left only Felton and center Jonathan Luigs from last year’s starting lineup. Arkansas will rely on his experience and versatility to help fill some gaps in 2007. He has extensive experience at both guard and tackle and he even experimented some at center last spring. He is quick and is particularly adept at pulling to give Razorback running backs an imposing escort into the secondary. Felton was named a second-team pre-season All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports, The Birmingham News and The Sporting News. He was also ranked as the No. 39 offensive guard in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football. Felton is the starter at right guard on the pre-season depth chart and may be utilized in a variety of roles as the Razorbacks’ new offensive front takes shape.
2006: A mainstay at right guard for the Razorbacks, he played in all 14 games and started the final 13 contests. He ranked third on the squad with 57 knockdown blocks and averaged a total grade of 84 percent. He racked up at least five knockdown blocks in six of 14 games including a season-high 10 against South Carolina. His pass blocking grade for the season was 95.3 percent. Felton posted a perfect 100 percent grade in pass blocking six times. He was part of an offensive front that finished second in the nation in sacks allowed per game (0.64), yielding only nine sacks in 14 games. The Arkansas offensive front cleared the way for the SEC-leading and the nation’s fourth-best rushing attack averaging 228.5 yards rushing per game. In addition for only the third time in SEC history and the 38th time in NCAA history, Arkansas featured two 1,000-yard running backs (Darren McFadden – 1,647, Felix Jones – 1,168) on the same team. McFadden finished the season 10th in the NCAA in rushing yardage (117.6 ypg) and captured the 2006 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s best running back. Felton also helped McFadden finish as the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a sophomore. – Felton came off the bench in the season opener against No. 6 USC. He played 25 snaps at right guard earning an 80-percent grade. He carded a grade of 90 percent on running plays and 80 percent grade pass blocking against the Trojans. He earned his first start of the season at right guard against Utah State. He netted five knockdown blocks and a grade of 83 percent against the Aggies. He posted a grade of 80 percent on running plays and 88 percent on passing plays. Felton helped the Razorbacks rush for 279 yards against Utah State, including 184 from McFadden. He racked up five knockdown blocks in the Hogs’ road win at Vanderbilt. He graded out at 87 percent including 81 percent on running plays and a perfect 100-percent grade on passing plays. He posted a grade of 85 percent on 49 snaps, including a 95-percent clip on passing plays, in a win over No. 22 Alabama. He earned two knockdown blocks while helping clear the way for 172 yards rushing against the Crimson Tide. In a dominating offensive performance, he earned five knockdown blocks to help the Hogs rush for 279 yards and two touchdowns against No. 2 Auburn. The Tigers’ defense entered the game as one of two Division I-A defenses to not yield a rushing touchdown. Felton played 40 snaps and earned an 87-percent (86 run, 90 pass) grade in the upset win. He logged only 28 snaps in the Razorbacks’ lopsided 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State. He carded an overall grade of 85 percent, including a perfect 100-percent mark on passing plays in the victory. He tallied one knockdown block against the Redhawks in helping the Hogs rack up 381 yards rushing and two 100-yard rushers (Michael Smith - 116, Jones - 106). He started and played 28 snaps at right guard in Arkansas’ 38-3 win over Ole Miss. He carded an overall grade of 82 percent, including a perfect 100-percent clip in pass blocking. It was Felton’s second-consecutive 100 grade in pass blocking and the third such mark on the season. He earned one knockdown against the Rebels. He logged 45 snaps earning a grade of 82 percent in the Razorbacks’ win over Louisiana-Monroe. Felton carded his fourth 100-percent grade in pass blocking including his third-consecutive perfect pass blocking score. He tallied a season-high seven knockdown blocks against the Warhawks in helping the Hogs rack up 331 yards of rushing including two 100-yard rushers (Jones and McFadden). Felton earned a season-high 10 knockdown blocks in the Razorbacks’ 26-20 win over South Carolina. He was part of a UA offensive front that didn’t allow a sack and paved the way for 267 yards rushing including 219 by McFadden. Felton logged 45 snaps and earned a grade of 84 percent in the Razorbacks’ 31-4 win over No. 13 Tennessee. He tallied a perfect 100-percent grade on passing plays. He helped blaze the way for 425 yards of total offense including 259 yards rushing with 181 of those coming from McFadden. He started and racked up four knockdowns in Arkansas’ 28-14 win over Mississippi State. Felton and his teammates didn’t allow a sack for the fourth-consecutive game. He logged all 61 snaps against No. 9 LSU earning an overall grade of 81 percent against the Tigers. Felton tallied a perfect 100 percent grade in pass blocking against the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation. He helped the Hogs rack up 298 yards rushing including 182 by McFadden and 137 by Jones. He started against Florida in the SEC Championship Game. He earned four knockdown blocks on only 36 snaps against the Gators. Felton split time with Jeremy Harrell. He earned a grade of 80 percent, including a perfect grade of 100 percent in pass blocking. Felton earned his 13th-consecutive start at right guard against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He tallied three knockdown blocks and helped the Razorbacks rack up 232 yards rushing against the Badgers including 150 yards from Jones and 89 yards from McFadden.
2005: An 11-game starter, he was a fixture at right tackle for the Razorbacks in 2005. He helped lead the way for the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading rushing attack. Arkansas ranked 12th in the nation with an average of 216.9 rushing yards per game. He also paved the way for 10 100-yard rushing performances by UA running backs including five by freshman tailback Darren McFadden. He graded out at 82 percent or better in eight of 11 games including the last six-consecutive contests. He tallied 45 knockdown blocks on the season including a season-best nine knockdowns against Vanderbilt. -- He opened the season with two knockdown blocks in 59 snaps against Missouri State. In the SEC opener against Vanderbilt, he posted a grade of 85 percent, including 91 percent on pass plays. He tallied nine knockdown blocks in 74 snaps at tackle against the Commodores. He earned four knockdown blocks in a road loss at No. 1 USC and two more knockdowns at Alabama. He played 55 snaps of the ULM game and recorded seven knockdowns. He graded out at a season-best 89 percent against Louisiana-Monroe. He earned a mark of 85 percent on rushing plays and 95 percent on passing plays against the Indians. He recorded three knockdown blocks and graded out at 84 percent as the Hogs struggled to gain yards on the ground against a tough Auburn defense. He played 58 snaps and posted a perfect 100-percent grade in the passing game. He recorded nine knockdown blocks in 72 snaps as the Hogs rolled up 216 yards of rushing against the nation’s fifth-ranked defense at Georgia. He garnered an 87-percent grade on both rushing and passing downs against the Bulldogs. He logged 73 snaps in a home loss to South Carolina registering three knockdown blocks and grading out at 82 percent. He helped the Hogs rush for 219 yards against the Gamecocks. He was solid in Arkansas’ first road win of the season at Ole Miss. He carded an 82-percent grade, including a 96-percent clip in passing situations, with two knockdown blocks against the Rebels. He played 67 snaps against Mississippi State, recording three knockdown blocks and grading out at 82 percent. He graded out above 80 percent for the sixth-consecutive game and earned four knockdown blocks in the Razorbacks’ season finale at No. 3 LSU.
2004: He saw action in nine of 11 games, earning a starting nod in the Hogs’ final five games. He started the season as an offensive guard, but was switched to offensive tackle after injuries to left tackle Tony Ugoh and right tackle Zac Tubbs. He started the Georgia game for Ugoh at left tackle and then started the final four contests at right tackle after Tubbs was lost for the season due to an injury. After logging only 84 combined snaps in the Hogs’ first six games, he played 260 snaps in the Razorbacks’ final five contests. He registered 41 knockdowns on the season. He earned seven or more knockdown blocks in four games. He tallied 32 knockdown blocks in the last five contests. He racked up a career-high 10 knockdown blocks in the Hogs’ season finale against No. 12 LSU. He earned a team-high nine knockdown blocks against No. 6 Georgia and eight knockdowns against Ole Miss. – He played 30 snaps in Arkansas’ season opener against New Mexico State. He graded out at 90 percent in the running game and 100 percent in the passing game for a total grade of 95 percent. He recorded a team-high seven knockdown blocks against the Aggies. He did not see a snap against No. 7 Texas. He logged six snaps against Louisiana-Monroe. He did not play against Alabama. He logged 21 snaps against Florida earning a 90-percent grade in the passing game. He registered one knockdown block against the Gators. He played 27 snaps earning an 87-percent grade in the passing game and one knockdown block against No. 4 Auburn. He moved to left tackle and earned his first career start against No. 6 Georgia after Tony Ugoh was sidelined with kidney stones. He earned a career-high nine knockdown blocks on 54 snaps in his first collegiate start. He graded out at 84.5 percent against the Bulldogs. He logged 72 snaps in a start at right tackle against South Carolina. He graded out at 80 percent in the running game and a perfect 100 percent on passing plays. He tallied one knockdown block against the Gamecocks. He made his second start at right tackle and played 68 snaps against Ole Miss. He racked up eight knockdown blocks to help the Hogs gain 297 yards rushing in a 35-3 win over the Rebels. He made his third consecutive start at right tackle in the Razorbacks’ 24-21 win over Mississippi State. He played 79 snaps racking up an 84.5-percent grade and four knockdown blocks. He logged 66 snaps earning a career-high 10 knockdowns in a loss to No. 12 LSU. He earned a grade of 96 percent on running plays and 85 percent on passing plays against the Tigers.
2003: He spent his redshirt season learning the offensive system and working in the weight room.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He was a three-year starter at offensive tackle at Cypress Creek High School. He was rated as the No. 39 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com. Max Emfinger Recruiting ranked him as the No. 23 offensive tackle in the nation. His high school produced current NFL linemen Sam Adams, Dan Neil and Josh Williams. He was also recruited by Arizona, Wisconsin and Kansas. Insiders.com rated him the No. 59 player in Texas. He was rated the No. 54 player in Texas by Heartland Recruiting. He was a PrepStar Region IV Honorable-Mention.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 25, 1984, he is the son of Patricia and Vincent Felton. He earned his bachelor’s in criminal justice and sociology last fall and is now working on his master’s. He was named a Hard Working Hog for the 2004-05 academic year. The gregarious standout on and off the field often entertains his teammates with his singing talent.