FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring has been awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” for national defensive coordinator of the week by Master Coaches Survey. Herring orchestrated an impressive defensive effort in Arkansas’ 31-14 win over No. 13 Tennessee last weekend.
“Reggie and his defensive staff do an outstanding job of preparing our players each week,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The defense has had to overcome injuries and adversity all season long. I’m proud of our defense and their efforts week in and week out. I’m pleased that people around the country recognize the good things happening in Fayetteville.”
Arkansas held Tennessee’s air attack far below their average, with the Volunteers’ completing 16-of-34 passes for only 174 yards. Herring’s defense stymied Tennessee in the second half, as they never threatened until a 39-yard touchdown pass was completed with 30 seconds remaining in the game. No. 5 Arkansas can clinch the SEC Western Division title with a win over Mississippi State this coming weekend.
Herring is the second member of Arkansas football to receive an MCS Nike™ Game Ball this season. Running back and kick returner Felix Jones was named Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss earlier this season.
Each week during the 2006 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike™ Game Ball to the respective schools of an Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams’ victory.
In addition to Herring, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike™ Game Balls to Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, Georgia safety Tra Battle, Florida defensive end/special teamer Jarvis Moss and Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke.
About the Master Coaches Survey
The Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 17 former college football coaches, includes 11 College Football Hall of Fame Members and represents five national championships and over 3,000 victories combined. Based on the MCS system, the voters review all of the relevant game tapes following each week of competition, discuss each teams’ performance during a weekly conference call, then establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams. The MCS Top 25 can
be found on the MCS website (www.mcspoll.com), including a breakdown of how the coaches voted.
As part of their selection process, the coaches not only attend games across the nation, but spend countless hours reviewing the DVDs of the previous weekend’s match-ups. Through this extensive process, the expert panel of coaches also selects the top players and assistant coaches who will be awarded game balls each week. The Master Coaches Survey is proud to announce that Nike
has become the official provider of the MCS Game Balls.