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Football notebook – December 15

Football notebook – December 15

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 The Arkansas football team is continuing preparations for its game against Kansas State in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 6. SEC blogger Chris Low recently caught up with new UA defensive coordinator and secondary coach Paul Haynes. To read the full interview, click here.

Senior Joe Adams is one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is awarded to the most versatile player in major college football. Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011. Razorback fans can vote for Adams to win the award by clicking here. Voting ends at the conclusion of the college football season.

Arkansas fans have a chance to make their voice heard with another award, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award, which head coach Bobby Petrino is one of 10 finalists for. Now in his fourth season, Coach Petrino has guided the Razorbacks to a 10-2 record, marking consecutive 10-win seasons for the Razorbacks for just the third time in school history and the first time since 1988-89. Fans can vote for Coach Petrino until December 22 by clicking here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 The SEC is filled with game changers on special teams. SEC blogger Chris Low is asking fans to pick the league’s best special teams player. Included in the five players up for the honor is Arkansas senior wide receiver/return specialist Joe Adams. Adams leads the NCAA with three punt return touchdowns and ranks second nationally with an average of 16.2 yards per punt return. For his career, Adams has returned four punts for touchdowns, which is the most nationally among active players. Razorback fans can vote for Adams by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 As we get closer to the end of the season, Heisman Trophy discussion continues to heat up. SEC blogger Edward Aschoff recently ranked the top five SEC candidates for the Heisman Trophy and Arkansas’ Jarius Wright and Tyler Wilson were on his list. Wright leads the SEC with an average of 100.7 receiving yards per game and is Arkansas’ career receptions leader with 155 catches. Wilson leads the SEC and ranks 11th nationally with an average of 285 passing yards per game. He also leads the SEC with 2,850 passing yards, the third-highest single-season total in school history. To view Aschoff’s complete list of SEC Heisman Trophy candidates, click here.

Aschoff and fellow SEC blogger Chris Low also ranked the 10 best plays of the year so far in the SEC. A pair of Arkansas plays made the list. As you might expect, Joe Adams electrifying punt return against Tennessee was No. 1 on the list, while Jarius Wright’s juggling catch against the Volunteers was rated as the No. 5 play in the SEC this season. To view the complete top 10 ranking, click here.

Voting continues for the Davey O’Brien Award, which recognizes the top quarterback in college football. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is currently in third place in the fan voting with 16 percent of the vote. Razorback fans can vote daily for Wilson by clicking here. Voting continues until Noon on November 20.

Senior defensive end Jake Bequette is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Razorback fans can vote daily for Bequette by clicking here. Voting continues until December 5. Friday, November 11, 2011 SEC blogger Chris Low recently ranked the top true sophomores in the SEC. Arkansas safety Eric Bennett was one of 10 players to make the list. Bennett is tied for the team lead and tied for ninth in the SEC with three interceptions and ranks fourth on the team with 53 tackles. To view the full list, click here.

Low’s fellow SEC blogger at, Edward Aschoff, recently sat down with Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette. Bequette is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which fans can vote for every day by clicking here. To read Aschoff’s full interview with Bequette, click here.

Voting continues for the Davey O’Brien Award, which recognizes the top quarterback in college football. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is currently in third place in the fan voting with 17 percent of the vote. Razorback fans can vote daily for Wilson by clicking here. Voting continues until Noon on November 20.

Thursday, November 10, 2011 Seventeen Arkansas seniors will play their final game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this Saturday against Tennessee. blogger Edward Aschoff recently wrote a story on how special this senior class is to head coach Bobby Petrino. To read the full story, click here.

Voting continues for the Davey O’Brien Award, which recognizes the top quarterback in college football. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is currently in third place in the fan voting with 17 percent of the vote. Razorback fans can vote for Wilson by clicking here. Voting continues until Noon on November 20.

Friday, November 4, 2011 The No. 8 Arkansas Razorback football team is preparing for its top-10 showdown with No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday night inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Eric SanInocencio from the SEC Digital Network recently broke down the matchup between the two 7-1 teams. To read SanInocencio’s breakdown, click here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 The SEC has no shortage of great wide receivers. Now, ESPN’s Sportsnation is asking fans to pick who they think is the best and most consistent receiver in the SEC. Arkansas is the only school with two players up for the honor as seniors Joe Adams and Jarius Wright are among five wide receivers being considered. Other receivers up for the honor are Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina, Rueben Randale from LSU and Da’Rick Rogers from Tennessee. Click here to vote in the poll.

Friday, October 21, 2011 recently released its midseason All-American teams and Arkansas senior Joe Adams was selected as first-team punt returner. Adams is the only player in the SEC and one of three in the NCAA with two punt return touchdowns in 2011. He currently leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally with his 18.1 yards-per-punt return average. To view the complete midseason All-American teams, click here.

Friday, October 14, 2011 With the college football season reaching its midpoint, SEC bloggers Edward Aschoff and Chris Low recently released their midseason All-SEC team. Two Razorbacks were among their choices as wide receiver Jarius Wright was picked on the offensive side of the ball and Joe Adams was selected as the midseason All-SEC return specialist. Click here to view the full midseason All-SEC team.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Before the season, SEC bloggers Edward Aschoff and Chris Low ranked the top 25 players in the Southeastern Conference. To view their preseason rankings, click here. The pair recently released their updated rankings of the league’s top 25 players and Arkansas was well represented with Joe Adams, Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright making the revised list. Aschoff had Wright ranked seventh, Wilson eighth and Adams 13th, while Low ranked Wright 11th, Wilson 13th and Adams 22nd. To view Aschoff’s complete ranking of the top 25 players click here and to view Low’s rankings click here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 For the second straight week, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has received honorable mention for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. Wilson threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing in the Razorbacks’ 38-14 win over No. 15 Auburn last Saturday. Wilson completed 18 consecutive passes between the first quarter and third quarter. The streak, which is the longest of his career, is tied for the third-longest consecutive completions streak in SEC history. Fans can click here to vote for Wilson for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award. The fan vote constitutes five percent during each round of voting. For the season, Wilson leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 1,779 passing yards, and his 64.9 completion percentage (135-of-208) ranks third in the SEC and 32nd in the country. His passing efficiency of 152.9 ranks second in the SEC and 27th in the NCAA. Wilson ranks second in the SEC and 14th nationally with an average of 296.5 passing yards per game, and his 297.5 yards of total offense per game ranks second in the conference and 22nd nationally. Wilson’s 12 passing touchdowns rank third in the SEC and 27th nationally.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Members of the 10th-ranked University of Arkansas football team are earning national recognition following the Razorbacks’ 42-38 win over then-No. 14 Texas A&M last Saturday inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Senior wide receiver Jarius Wright was named the national wide receiver of the week by the College Football Performance Awards, SEC Player of the Week by and was nominated for the FRS Wide Receiver Performance of the Year. Fans can vote for Wright’s performance by clicking here. Wright re-wrote the UA single-game receiving record book in the win over Texas A&M. The Warren, Ark., native set a school record with 281 receiving yards and tied a school record with 13 receptions. His receiving yards total was also the second-highest in SEC history. Wright had a pair of touchdowns in the win, scoring on a 68-yard pass from Tyler Wilson in the first quarter and recovering a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson received several awards following the win. Wilson was named the ESPN Radio Player of the Week, a Star of the Week by the Manning Award, National Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, honorable mention Quarterback of the Week by the Davey O’Brian Foundation and the College Football Performance Awards and was nominated for the FRS Quarterback Performance of the Year. Fans can vote for Wilson to be the Manning Award overall Player of the Week by clicking here. Fans can vote in the FRS Quarterback Performance of the Year contest by clicking here. Wilson set a new school record with 510 passing yards, breaking the previous Arkansas record of 409 passing yards set last season by Ryan Mallett against Vanderbilt. Wilson finished the game 30-for-51 with 510 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson’s 510 yards passing was also the fifth-highest single-game total in SEC history. Wilson also set Arkansas’ single-game records for total yards by one player with 481 and total individual plays with 57. His 30 completions were a career high and the second-highest single-game total in school history. A pair of Arkansas specialists also received recognition from the College Football Performance Awards after the win. Junior punter Dylan Breeding was named the honorable mention punter of the week. The Hoover, Ala., native punted seven times, averaging 48.4 yards a punt, a single-game career high, with a long of 56. Sophomore kicker Zach Hocker was the honorable mention placekicker of the week. The Russellville, Ark., native was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, converting from 26 and 32 yards, and was also 4-of-4 on extra point attempts. On kickoffs, Hocker had a pair of touchbacks and averaged 69.9 yards in his eight kickoffs. In addition to those awards, senior wide receiver Joe Adams’ punt return against Missouri State has been selected as the Week 3 GEICO Play of the Year nominee. The GEICO Play of the Year will be announced on CBS on Nov. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Arkansas is back in action on Saturday when it hosts No. 15 Auburn inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Friday, June 24, 2011 The Arkansas special teams unit recently received mention on Southeastern Conference blogger Edward Aschoff ranked senior WR Joe Adams as the No. 1 returner in the conference and junior RB Dennis Johnson fifth on the list. Arkansas was the only SEC school represented twice in the top 5.See the entire list here.

Overall, Aschoff rated UA’s special teams as the second-best unitin the SEC. Read more here.

Arkansas was represented in top five breakdowns of the conference’s kickers and punters. Sophomore Zach Hocker was listed second in the kickers ranking, and junior punter Dylan Breeding was ranked third among punters. Click here for the full article.

In an overall summary ofthe positionalratings, Aschoff found Arkansas to be the second-best team in the conference with 16 total players ranked and 12 in the top 5 at their respective position. Click herefor more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Fresh off receiving offensive recognition last week, some of the Arkansas football team’s defensive standouts have been highlighted on this week. The website recognized UA’s defensive line as the second-best DL unit in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas’ linebackers were ranked third, and the secondary was rated fourth.Read morehere, hereand here.

SEC bloggerEdward Aschoff ranked the conference’s top defensive ends and tackles. He tabbed senior defensive end Jake Bequette as the No. 2 player at his position in the conference. Bequette was responsible for a team-leading 7.0 sacks in 2010. Tenarius Wright checked in at No. 6 on the defensive end top 10 list. Wright notched 6.0 sacks last season. See the full article here.

At safety, Aschoff ranked senior Tramain Thomasas the second-bestat his position in the SEC. Thomas showed a nosefor the ball in 2010 with 83 tackles, addingfour interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. Read more here.

At the linebacker position, Jerry Franklin checked in at No. 3 on Aschoff’s ranking. Franklin has led the UA team in tackles in all three of his seasons as a Razorback, becoming just the second Arkansas player since 1960 to do so. See the full ranking here.

Arkansas sophomoreRobert Thomas was listed 10th in the defensive tackles ranking. Thomas is set to take the field for the Razorbacks after a successful stint at Coffeyville Community College. Check out the entire list here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 Arkansas’ football team returns one of the top receiving corps in the country in 2011, featuring seniors Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright and junior Cobi Hamilton. The foursome has combined for 375 catches, 6,378receiving yards and 50 touchdown receptions in their UA careers. ranked Arkansas’ receiving unit as the best in the Southeastern Conference. Read more from SEC blogger Edward Aschoff here. Aschoff also offered a top 10 individual breakdown of the SEC. The Razorbacks had Childs, Adams and Wright all in the top five, while no other school had more than one representative on the top 10 list. Childs was ranked No. 2. Adams was fourth and Wright fifth. View the entire top 10 here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 The week of Arkansas’ spring football game has arrived and so has more coverage from’s SEC blogger Chris Low. His latest two articles focus on the Razorbacks’ stout defense in 2010 and head coach Bobby Petrino. Low covers the Arkansas’ defensive improvements here. Coach Petrino has often said Arkansas is a special place. Readthe entire article here.

Two more video interviews are available for Razorback fans to watch. Low spoke with senior safety/linebacker Jerico Nelson (here) and junior running back Knile Davis (here).

Coach Petrino was featured on the front page of’s college football section. See below:

Friday, April 8, 2011 As the Razorback football team nears the completion of another week of spring football, UA fans should take notice of coverage provided by write George Schroeder. His latest "Inside College Football" columnfocuses on the Razorbacks’ preparation for the 2011 season, specifically replacing quarterback Ryan Mallett. Click here to read the article. See below for a screenshot of’s college football section, which features Tyler Wilson.

In case you missed it,’s Chris Low featured the Razorbacks this past week on his SEC Blog. Click here to read his take on UA’s outstanding group of wide receivers, which includes veteran playmakers Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Cobi Hamilton. Video interviews with Jake Bequette and Tyler Wilson can be viewed here and here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Spring football is in full swing at Arkansas and anticipation couldn’t be higher for the Razorbacks’ 2011 season.’s Chris Low is awaiting UA’s upcoming campaign and is posting coverage to his blog in the meantime. Arkansas fans can check out videos featuring Razorback wide receivers Joe Adams (here)and Jarius Wright (here). Adams and Wright, along with teammates Greg Childs and Cobi Hamilton, have combined for 375 catches, 6,378 yards and 50 touchdowns in their collegiate careers, which is the highest total for the top-four returning receivers on any team in the Southeastern Conference.

Low also took a look at the impact defensive tackles are making in the SEC and mentions UA newcomer Robert Thomas. To read the full article and more about Arkansas’ 6-3, 325-pound transfer, click here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 Arkansas football fans are undoubtedly aware of the playmaking abilities that reside in the Razorbacks’ receiver corps. So is blogger Chris Low, who covers the Southeastern Conference. Low’s latest blog entry focuses on the talent of the Razorbacks’ group of wide receivers. UA’s top four returning receivers (Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright) have combined for more catches, yards and touchdowns than any other group of top four receivers in the conference. Click here to read the full article.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 The University of Arkansas football team is conducting testing this week leading up to the start of spring practice Tuesday. Below are some notable marks in the 40-yard dash and bench press.

40-Yard Dash
1. Jarius Wright, WR 4.27
1. Ronnie Wingo Jr., RB 4.27
3. Knile Davis, RB 4.29
4. Joe Adams, WR 4.30
5. Darius Winston, CB 4.32
6. De’Anthony Curtis, WR 4.36
6. Isaac Madison, CB 4.36
8. Javontee Herndon, WR 4.37
8. Maudrecus Humphrey, WR 4.37
10. Greg Gatson, CB 4.40
Other Notable Performances
Dennis Johnson, RB 4.43
Chris Smith, DE 4.49
Jake Bequette, DE 4.56

Bench Press
1. Blake Gunderson, OL 470
2. Alvin Bailey, OG 455
2. Alfred Davis, DT 455
4. Lavunce Askew, DT 415
4. Knile Davis, RB 415
6. Byran Jones, DT 410
7. Jake Bequette, DE 405
7. Jared Green, DT 405
7. Grant Cook, OG 405

7. Jeremiah Jackson, DT

Other Notable Performances
Brey Cook, OT 380

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 After rushing for just163 yards as a freshman for the Arkansas football team in 2009, Knile Davis came up big in his 2010 campaign. As a sophomore, Davis led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground.Davis’ 2010 rushing output was the fourth highest single season rushing total in school blogger ChrisLow recognized Davis as No. 10 in hisranking of the SEC’s 25 best players oflast season. You can read the fullarticlehere.

Low also made mention of another Arkansas position group that isn’t lacking in playmakers. In an early ranking of the top 10 returning wide receivers in the conference, Low made mention of four Razorbacks. Holding down positions 2-4 are senior wide receivers Greg Childs, Joe Adams and Jarius Wright. Cobi Hamilton, a junior, is listed at No. 8. See the entiretop 10here.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 With the offseason in full swing, the exciting time where former Arkansas football players pursue professional careers is upon us. Members ofthe first UA team to make a BCS appearancehave taken to Indianapolis, Ind. to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine where NFL scouts take their first look at college football’s most recent standout athletes. Former Razorback DeMarcus Love is blogging about his experience leading up to the NFL drafton the ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth website here. Love finished his collegiate career starting 30 consecutive games at offensive line for Arkansas.

Razorback fans interested in following along in the Combine action, which features formerUA players Ray Dominguez,Love, Ryan Mallett and D.J. Williams,should navigate to the NFL’s official website for the event here.

Former University of Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named one of 12 semifinalists for the 81st Annual AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award on Feb. 17. Fans play a role in the final award, and you can vote for Williams by following this link to USA TODAY’s on-line Sullivan poll. Voting closes at the end of February, and the 2010 winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York on March 14.

In the first three years of head coach Bobby Petrino’s tenure at Arkansas, Razorback football fans have seen big play after big play from the UA offensive unit. blogger Chris Low noticed, as well. In one of Low’s recent posts, he points out that over the last three years, Arkansas has the second-most number of 20+ yard offensive plays in the Southeastern Conference. Read the whole post here.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 The 2010 season ended with the Arkansas football team featuring its first 1,000-yard rusher since 2008 in sophomore Knile Davis. TheRazorback who hails from Missouri City, Texas, led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards on the ground. He is the 10th player in Arkansas history to post a 1,000-yard rushing season.

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by blogger Chris Low. He lists Davis in his entry titled "The SEC’s most improved players in 2010". Click here to see the article.

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