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Razorback football notebook – Sept. 2

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback football notebook – Sept. 2

Arkansas football fans are encouraged to check the Razorback Football Noteback for updates on Internet coverage relating to UA football.RSN Archives – Aug. 24-27

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010Razorback fans cannot wait for this Saturday, and neither can the football squad, themselves. Anticipation is high for a number of reasons, including the exciting play of junior quarterback Ryan Mallett. The 6-6 signal caller from Texarkana, Ark., was featured on the Orlando Sentinel’s website in a preview of Heisman Trophy contenders here. WriterMatt Murschel says: "The combination of physical skills and explosive offensive system has everyone pointing to this being Mallet’s year."

Also of note, in a look at some of the Southeastern Conference’s standout former walk-on football players, ESPN.com’s Chris Low made sure to list Arkansas’ Seth Armbrust. Razorback fans certainly recall his two punt blocks from the 2009 season, including the one he made late in the third quarter of UA’s win in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. See the full list here.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010The dog days of August are over, and the opening kickoff of the new Razorback football season is nearly here. UA begins its 2010 campaign at home in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium vs. Tennessee Tech, Saturday at 6 p.m.

Have you checked out SI.com today? Here is a good reason why:

UA’s Ryan Mallett is on the front page of SI.com today and is in the website’s Heisman Trophy preseason preview. Says SI.com’s Corey McCartney: "There may not be a better quarterback in the country…". Click the above photo to see the website’s front page, and click here for the article.

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010Arkansas fans can rest easy; game day is getting closer. The Razorback football is certainly looking ready behind the leadership of standout quarterback Ryan Mallett. The Texarkana, Ark., native is mentioned in FoxSports.com’s Petros Papadakis’ latest breakdown of the preseason hype for the Heisman Trophy. In his first season in the league,Mallett led the Southeastern Conference in touchdown passes (30), passing yards per game (278.8) and total offense per game (276.5). Check out the video here.

Always a reliable targetfor the UA offense, tight end D.J. Williams received recognition on SI.com‘s Preseason All-American team. Click here for the full squad.

Earlier today, UA’s Mallett appeared on ESPN’s First Take, figuring into the show’s discussion of postseason college football awards. Mallett wasquick to redirect focus to the Razorbacks’ overall team efforts this season: "…my worries are about getting my team to Atlanta right now. Just to be mentioned with those other guys is a pretty big honor for me." ArkansasSports360.com has additional coverage here.

Monday, Aug. 30, 2010It’s game week. With preseason camp officially concluded for the Arkansas football team, the squad now turns its focus to the first visitor to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Tennessee Tech. The UA vs. TTU contest is set to begin at 6 p.m., Saturday. The game is on pay-per-view (info here), but tickets are still available (info here).

FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY: People are certainlybuzzing about Razorback football in the state of Arkansas, but UA is an equally hot topic in other parts of the nation. The Birmingham News featured the Razorbacks yesterday; check out the preview here. Individually, UA QB Ryan Mallett and TE D.J. Williams were featured on CBSSports.com‘s All-American teams; check the squads out here. Arkansas’ Mallett was featured on NYTimes.com over the weekend. He’s on the website’s Heisman Trophy radarhere (video available).

HOT OFF THE NEWSSTANDS: Have you picked up the Sept. 6 copy of ESPN The Magazine yet? Arkansas’ signal caller Mallett was featured in the issue. Writer Jeff Dooley examined the preseason All-SEC first teamer’s height in relation to his quarterbacking ability. Arkansas fans can note: Mallett is all business. He says: "I’m not playing to win eight games- I came here to win big trophies for my team."

Click the smaller picture below to take a full-sizelook at the first page of the article:

ESPN.com’s Kirk Herbstreit handed out his "Herbie Awards", with Arkansas figuring into his national rankings here. Also on the website, Southeastern Conference blogger and analyst Chris Low makes several "fearless" predictions. One of which is about Arkansas’ quarterback here.



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