Saturday, Oct. 6, Little Rock, Ark.
6 p.m. CT
War Memorial Stadium
Chattanooga (1-3, 1-1 SoCon) – NR
Arkansas (2-2, 0-2 SEC) AP – RV; Coaches – NR
Arkansas:Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, 1981)
Career Record: 105-68/.607 (15 years)
Arkansas Record:69-46/.600 (10 years)
vs. Chattanooga: 0-0
Chattanooga:Rodney Allison (Texas Tech, 1980)
Career Record: 14-32/.304 (5 years)
School Record: Same
Radio: ARSNXM Channel: 199
Play-by-Play: Chuck Barrett
Analyst: Keith Jackson
Sidelines: Quinn Grovey
Internet: Live audio and stats at www.hogwired.com
RAZORBACKS HOST CHATTANOOGA: Arkansas will host Chattanooga, Sat., Oct. 6, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It will be the first meeting between the two teams and the Hogs first trip to The Rock this season.
NOTING THE RAZORBACKS:
• The Razorbacks are 20-2 under head coach Houston Nutt in Little Rock, including an unbeaten (10-0) record against non-conference opponents. UA has not lost to a non-conference team at War Memorial Stadium since a 6-0 loss to Memphis State on Sept. 25, 1993.
• The 66 points scored against North Texas was the sixth-highest figure in school history and the most in a non-overtime game since 1928 (73-0 win over Texas Southwestern). The 45-first-half points were the most for a Arkansas team in the Houston Nutt era (1998-present).
• Arkansas generated 713 yards of total offense against the Mean Green last week, which is the second-highest figure in school history. The record is 859 yards against Pittsburg (Kan.) State in 1936. The 713 yards of total offense was also the third-highest total in college football this season. Louisville had 729 vs. Middle Tennessee and Texas Tech has 719 vs. Oklahoma State.
• It took Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden just a half to rack up 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns last Saturday against North Texas. He now ranks second nationally with a 164.25 rushing yards per game average, while ranking fourth nationally in all-purpose yards with 201.50 per game.
• Fellow junior tailback Felix Jones gives Arkansas two running backs ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards per game. Jones enters the Chattanooga game ranked 10th nationally with a 122.5 yards per game average. He has been spectacular as well with 490-yards rushing on just 47 carries and three rushing touchdowns.
• Jones’ 10.43 ypc average to lead the country in yard per carry. He is averaging 2.21 yards per rush more than the second-best mark nationally, Southern California’s Stafon Johnson (8.22).
• McFadden is closing in on the Arkansas career rushing record. After his 138 yards in one half of play against North Texas, McFadden is just 154 yards shy of passing Ben Cowins’ (1975-78) school record of 3,570 yards.
• Arkansas’ rushing attack as a team leads the country at 358.75 yards per game. That mark also leads the SEC by 135.2 yards over second-place Kentucky. UA has led the SEC in rushing four of the last five years. UA has rushed for at least 300 yards in all four games this season and has rushed for at least 200 yards in nine of their last 11 games.
• The Razorbacks’ offense not only leads the country in rushing, but ranks sixth nationally and leads the SEC in total offense. UA is averaging 541.2 yards of total offense per game with 358.8 coming on the ground and 182.5 through the air.
• The Hogs’ stable of tailbacks have combined for eight 100-yard rushing games through the first four games of the season, including three backs over 100 yards vs. North Texas.
• McFadden and Jones have both rushed for 100 yards in three of the Hogs’ four games this season and seven times in their careers. McFadden has cracked the 100-yard barrier in all four games, while Jones has eclipsed 100 yards in three games and just missed the fourth with 96 yards at Alabama.
• Jones and McFadden also rank second and fourth, respectively, in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision in all-purpose yards. Jones is averaging 224.0 all-purpose yards per game, while McFadden is totaling 201.5 per contest. McFadden (4,377) ranks second in career all-purpose yards at Arkansas, while Jones ranks fourth (4,005).
• McFadden has had just two carries for negative yardage on 105 totes this season. The first of those came on a mishandled quarterback exchange in the WildHog formation and the second came against Kentucky for minus-one yard.
• UA had three players rush for 100-yards in a game for just the fourth time in school history. McFadden ripped off 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first half while Felix Jones played just a half as well and racked up 132 yards on two carries. Brandon Barnett finished things off with 105 yards on 16 carries in the second half.
• Jones has two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season on 90-yard and 82-yard bursts. He ranks fifth nationally in kickoff return average at 34.4 ypr. He currently leads the SEC in career kickoff return average at 28.8 yards per on 50 career returns. It is the fourth 100-yard interception return in the bowl subdivision this season and just the 79th in NCAA history.
• Jerell Norton’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against North Texas is a UA school record, surpassing Orlando Watters 99-yard return vs. LSU in 1993. It is just the 11th 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in SEC history and just the second since 1968. Prior to Norton’s return, LSU’s Greg Jackson had the last 100-yard interception return in the SEC in 1988.
• True freshman PK Alex Tejada is making a big impact early in their Razorback career. Tejada is 8 for 9 on field goal attempts and 21 of 22 on PATs. Tejada is sixth nationally in scoring at 11.25 points per game. He also ranks tied for fourth in the NCAA in field goals per game at 2.00.
• Arkansas ranks No. 1 in rushing offense in the SEC during Houston Nutt’s tenure (1998-2007). The Hogs have averaged 195.56 yards per game in Nutt’s 10-year tenure (22,489 yards in 115 games).
• Arkansas’ hogs up front on the offensive line have not only done a fantastic job opening holes for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, but they have been one of the best teams in the country at protecting the quarterback. The Hogs’ offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks in their last 18 games for an amazing average of just 0.611 sacks allowed per game. UA is one of just four teams nationally that have allowed just two sacks.
• Jeremy Davis has made a successful transition back to punter where he began his collegiate career in 2004. The junior from Fort Smith, Ark., ranks fourth in the SEC and 41st nationally with a 41.70-yards per punt average through the first four games this season.
• The Hogs have scored 20 points or more in 86 of Houston Nutt’s 115 games (74.8 percent) as head coach.
• Arkansas has now scored in 139 consecutive games, a school record for scoring in the most consecutive games in team history. Arkansas has not been shut out since a 28-0 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 18, 1995.
THE McFADDEN REPORT:
• Darren McFadden has run for 657 yards on 105 carries and tallied six rushing touchdown in his first four games of the 2007 season. He ran for 151 yards on 24 totes in the opener, followed that up with 195 yards on 33 carries against Alabama, then went for 173 yards on 29 carries vs. Kentucky and racked up 138 yards and two TDs in the first half vs. North Texas.
• His 164.25 ypg rushing average ranks second nationally, while 204.5 all-purpose yards per game ranks fourth nationally.
• The 100-yard rushing game vs. the Mean Green was his fourth of the season the 16th of McFadden’s 29-game career in cardinal and white. He is tied for the school record with Ben Cowins (1975-78).
• McFadden is the first running back to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark in each of the first four games of the season since Jerry Eckwood. Eckwood did it for the first five games of the 1975 season to establish the school record.
• The Little Rock native has now had at least 200 all-purpose yards in three of his four games this season. McFadden’s 201.5 all-purpose yards per game ranks fourth nationally. He also inched closer to Gary Anderson on Arkansas’ career all-purpose yards list. McFadden (4,377) is 158 yards shy of Anderson’s mark of 4,535 yards (1979-82).
• McFadden passed Dickey Morton for second place on Arkansas’ career rushing chart against North Texas and now has 3,417 career rushing yards. He is just 154 yards shy of passing Ben Cowins’ school record of 3,570 yards.
• His two touchdowns vs. North Texas moved him past Ben Cowins into third place on UA’s career rushing touchdowns chart. He has 31 while James Rouse is second with 38 and Bill Burnett has 46.
• McFadden connected for his fourth career passing touchdown on a 42-yard strike to freshman Crosby Tuck in the opener against Troy. The 42-yard pass was the longest completion of his career. He has now completed 9-of-13 career passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns. McFadden boasts a career passing efficiency rating of 235.6.
• McFadden has caught seven passes this season for 56 yards. His three grabs vs. Alabama tied his career high for receptions in a game.
• He has accounted for 699 yards of total offense and racked up 806 all-purpose yards through four games this season. McFadden ranks seventh in total offense behind six quarterbacks and second in all-purpose yards behind teammate Felix Jones.
• For all of your Darren McFadden related questions visit his official web site at 5DarrenMcFadden.com.
SERIES HISTORY: Arkansas and Chattanooga will meet for the first time in school history this weekend.
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: Arkansas’ Michael Grant and Chattanooga’s Raeshon Ball, Darren Hendricks and Jamaal Hudson hail from Stone Mountain, Ga. and played prep ball at Stephenson High School.
THE ALLISON CONNECTION: Chattanooga head coach Rodney Allison was a quarterback at Texas Tech (1974-77) and played in the 1974 Peach Bowl and the 1977 Tangerine Bowl. He faced UA offensive coordinator David Lee, who played for Vanderbilt, in the Peach Bowl and UA defensive coordinator Reggie Herring, who played for Florida State in the Tangerine Bowl. Florida State won the Tangerine Bowl, 40-17, and Vanderbilt and Texas Tech tied 6-6 in the Peach Bowl.
LEADING THE PACK: When it comes to rushing the ball, no team in the Southeastern Conference has done it more effectively in recent years than the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Hogs have led the SEC in rushing yardage in four of the last five seasons, including 2005 and 2006. And they are on their way once again in 2007 after racking up 1,435 yards (358.8 ypg) through four games. Arkansas became the first team to pace the SEC in rushing four times in five seasons since Alabama led the league in four-consecutive seasons from 1971-74.
In 2007, the Hogs lead the country in rushing and yards per carry as a team with 6.87 yards per tote. UA has tallied 200 or more rushing yards in 20 of its last 33 games dating back to the eighth game of the 2004 season. In addition, the Hogs earned 190 or more yards in two other games. That also includes eight games of 300 yards or more and two 400-yard-plus games.
The Hogs led the SEC in rushing in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 with an average of 218.9, 241.9, 216.9 and 228.5 yards per game, respectively. Arkansas is attempting to become the first team to pace the SEC in rushing five times in six seasons since Ole Miss led the league in six-consecutive seasons from 1957-62.
2007 Rushing Leaders
TeamGms Att Net Avg. TDs Yds/pg
1. Arkansas4209 14356.87 11 358.75
2. Navy 5300 1742 5.8116 348.40
3. West Virginia 5246 1616 6.5720 232.20
4. Oregon 5232 1390 5.9915 278.00
5. Texas A&M 5238 1339 5.63 18 267.80
McFADDEN & JONES FORM DYNAMIC DUO: The Arkansas tailback duo of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are the most-productive rushing teammates in the country (among the NCAA top 100) in 2007, averaging 286.75 yards per game. McFadden ranks second nationally at 164.25 ypg while Jones is 10th, accounting for 122.5 ypg. The Central Florida combo of Kevin Smith and Phillip Smith are second at 223.25 yards per game.
Rushers (Individual Avg.)
Team Combined YPG
1. Darren McFadden (164.25) / Felix Jones (122.5) Arkansas 286.75
2. Kevin Smith (178.25) / Phillip Smith (45.00)Central Florida 223.25
3. Eugene Jarvis (153.80) / Julian Edelman (44.40) Kent State 198.20
4. P.J. Hill (133.4) / Lance Smith (57.0)Wisconsin 190.40
5. Calvin Dawson (139.0) / Frank Goodin (50.25) Louisiana-Monroe 189.25
SEC ELITE: Darren McFadden is quickly etching his name in the SEC record books among some of the best running backs the conference has ever produced. His 1,647 yards rushing ranks as the fifth-best total in a single season in the history of the Southeastern Conference. Herschel Walker’s (Georgia) 1,891 yards in 1981 leads the way. McFadden’s total is the most in the SEC since Bo Jackson (Auburn) rushed for 1,786 yards in 1985.
In 2005, McFadden became just the seventh freshman in league history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his first season. He joined Walker, Emmitt Smith (Florida), Reggie Cobb (Tennessee), Chuck Webb (Tennessee), Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) and Justin Vincent (LSU). His 1,113 yards was the sixth-best freshman rushing total in SEC history.
McFadden also ranks 13th in career rushing in the Southeastern Conference with 3,417 yards on the ground in just 29 games.
SEC’s Top 15 Career Rushing Totals
Yards Player, School (games) Years
1. 5,259 Herschel Walker, Georgia (33 games) 1980-82
2. 4,557 Kevin Faulk, LSU (41 games) 1995-98
3. 4,303 Bo Jackson, Auburn (38 games) 1982-85
4. 4,163 Errict Rhett, Florida (48 games) 1990-93
5. 4,050 Dalton Hilliard, LSU (44 games) 1982-85
6. 4,035 Charles Alexander, LSU (44 games) 1975-78
7. 3,928 Emmitt Smith, Florida (31 games) 1987-89
8. 3,835 Sonny Collins, Kentucky (41 games) 1972-75
9. 3,831 Carnell Williams, Auburn (42 games) 2001-04
10. 3,565 Shaun Alexander, Alabama (42 games) 1996-99
11. 3,523 James Brooks, Auburn (38 games) 1977-80
12. 3,420 Bobby Humphrey, Alabama (35 games) 1985-88
13. 3,417 Darren McFadden (28 games) 2005-present
14. 3,368 Joe Cribbs, Auburn (38 games) 1976-79
15. 3,333 Moe Williams, Kentucky (33 games) 1993-95
SEC’s Top 10 Single-Season Rushing Totals
Player, School (# rushes)Year Yards
1. Herschel Walker, Georgia (385 rushes) 1981 1,891
2. Bo Jackson, Auburn (278 rushes)1985 1,786
3. Herschel Walker, Georgia (335 rushes) 1982 1,752
4. Charles Alexander, LSU (311rushes) 1977 1,686
5. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (265 rushes)2006 1,647
6. Herschel Walker, Georgia (274 rushes) 1980 1,616
7. Moe Williams, Kentucky (294 rushes) 1995 1,600
8. Emmitt Smith, Florida (284 rushes)19891,599
9. Rudi Johnson, Auburn (324 rushes) 2000 1,567
10. Garrison Hearst, Georgia (228 rushes) 1992 1,547
FELIX THE CAT: Felix Jones had five 100-yard rushing games last season and has three 100-yard games early this season with 129 vs. Troy, 133 vs. Kentucky and 132 vs. North Texas. Jones is currently 10th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing at 122.5 yards per game while leading the country in yards per carry at 10.43. His 10 100-yard career rushing games is sixth in school history. Jones’ 2,284 yards rushing is 10th in school history, while his 4,005 all-purpose yards is fourth.
Jones has also returned his third and fourth kickoff returns for touchdowns of his career with a 90-yard dash vs. Troy and an 82-yarder against Kentucky. He is second nationally in kickoff returns with a 38.50 ypr average and second in all-purpose yards with a 226.67 average.
Last season he rushed for 106 yards vs. Southeast Missouri State, 104 yards at then-No. 2 Auburn, a then-career-high 141 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 137 yards vs. LSU and a career-high 150 yards vs. Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. Jones finished second in the SEC and 34th nationally in rushing with 83.43 yards per game. He had a career-best 1,168 yards rushing that ranks seventh in school history on just 150 carries. Jones’ 7.58 yards per carry average led the SEC and ranked second in the country.
PROTECTING THE QB: The Arkansas offensive line has not only produced some of the best rushing numbers in college football over the past two seasons, but has also been outstanding at protecting the quarterback. The Hogs’ front line has allowed just 11 sacks over the last 18 games, dating back to the start of the 2006 season for an average of 0.611 per game. Rutgers is the only team to better that number with just 10 sacks in the last 18 games for a 0.555 per game average. Arkansas is currently tied for second nationally in sacks allowed with a .50 per game average.
TRIPLE-DIGIT RUSHERS: The Razorbacks’ rushing success has resulted in eight 100-yard rushing efforts in the first four games of the 2007 season.
Junior Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden has rushed for at least 100 yards in all four games with 151 vs. Troy, 195 at Alabama, 173 against Kentucky and 138 in the first half vs. North Texas.
Felix Jones has three 100-yard rushing efforts with 129 yards against Troy, 133 yards vs. Kentucky and 132 vs. North Texas. He came up just four yards shy of 100 at Alabama. Junior-college transfer Brandon Barnett registered his first career 100-yard rushing game vs. North Texas with 105 yards on 16 carries.
The Razorbacks combined for 13 100-yard rushing games last season as McFadden produced seven, Jones five and Michael Smith one.
TRIO OF100-YARD RUSHERS: A trio of Razorbacks found plenty of running room in Arkansas’ win over North Texas. The Hogs’ tailback tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were joined by junior-college transfer Brandon Barnett for a trio of 100-yard rushing efforts.
McFadden reeled off his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 16th of his career, tying him with Ben Cowins for the school record. The junior from Little Rock rolled up 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
Jones notched his third 100-yard game of the season with 132 yards on seven-impressive carries. His efforts were highlighted by a sideline-stepping 71-yard-touchdown run. Barnett received his first rushing attempts in a Razorback uniform and ripped off 105 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Peyton Hillis wasn’t far of the 100-yard mark as the bruising fullback 66 yards on 11 carries.
The last time Arkansas boasted three 100-yard rushers was in the 2005 season opener when Jones (137), Hillis (135) and De’Arrius Howard (120) accomplished the feat. UA also did it in 2001’s seven-overtime win at Ole Miss when Matt Jones (110), Cedric Cobbs (100) and Fed Talley (113) did it. The only other time the Hogs have had three 100-yard rushers was in Arkansas’ 1993 win over LSU in Baton Rouge. In the victory, Oscar Malone (143), Carlton Calvin (123) and Marius Johnson (106) turned the trick.
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN: PK Alex Tejada made quite an impression during his first four games in cardinal and white. The Springdale, Ark., native is a 8 for 9 on field goals attempts and is 21 of 22 on extra point attempts to account for 45 points. He currently ranks tied for fourth in the country in field goals per game (2.00) and ranks sixth nationally in scoring (11.25). In the Troy game, he became the first Razorback since Chris Balseiro to make four field goals in a game (vs. Missouri, 2003 Independence Bowl, Dec. 31, 2003). Tejada is 4 for 4 from 20-29 yards, 2 for 2 from 30-39 yards and 1 for 2 from 40 and beyond.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Home field advantage has been good to the Razorbacks, especially during the Houston Nutt Era. Arkansas is tied with Georgia for the third-most SEC home wins since 1998 with 49. The Hogs are 49-16 (.754) in games played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas is 20-2 in Little Rock and 29-14 in Fayetteville in that 10-year span under Coach Nutt. (See chart at bottom right of page 4)
STILL ATOP THE BOWL LIST: Arkansas is atop the bowl appearance list for SEC Western Division teams since 1998. The Razorbacks have made seven bowl appearances since Houston Nutt took over the reins in Fayetteville, including the 2007 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Arkansas has made two appearances in the Cotton Bowl (2000 and 2002) and the Citrus/Capital One Bowl (1999 and 2007) and one in the Las Vegas Bowl (2000), the Music City Bowl (2002) and the Independence Bowl (2003).
Although Arkansas has a rich bowl tradition, in the eight seasons prior to Nutt’s arrival the Razorbacks had earned only two bowl berths.
DENTING THE SCOREBOARD: Arkansas has now scored in 139 consecutive games, a school record for scoring in the most consecutive games in team history. Arkansas has not been shut out since a 28-0 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 18, 1995.
UA ranks fourth among league schools in the longest active scoring streak. Florida ranks first in the SEC earning points in 231 consecutive contests.
RACKING UP 20: The Razorbacks have made a routine of racking up 20 points since Houston Nutt arrived in Fayetteville. Arkansas has scored 20 points or more in 86 of Nutt’s 115 games (.748) as head coach. Arkansas is 38-13 mark (.745) in game where they score 20 points or more over the last seven seasons.
100 AND COUNTING FOR NUTT: The Razorbacks’ game against Vanderbilt last fall was the 100th in the 10-year career of Hog boss Houston Nutt. He owns a 69-46 (.600) career record at Arkansas. Nutt is just the third coach in school history to coach 100 games (currently 115) at the helm of the Razorback program. Fred Thomsen (1929-41) was the first, posting a 56-61-10 (.480) record while Frank Broyles (1958-76) is the school’s all-time leader with 207 games coached (144-58-5 [.708]) in 19 seasons.
Coach Total Games Seasons
Frank Broyles 207 19 (1958-1976)
Fred Thomsen 127 13 (1929-41)
Houston Nutt 115 10th (1998-present)
Nutt’s tenure at Arkansas is also a rare feat for any SEC coach. Only three coaches hired in the SEC since 1990 have enjoyed a stint of 100 games at the same school. Nutt became the fourth against Vanderbilt last season.
Coach, School (Years) Games
Philip Fulmer, Tennessee (1992-current) 181
Jackie Sherrill, Miss. State (1991-2003) 153
Steve Spurrier, Florida (1990-2001) 150
Houston Nutt, Arkansas (1998-current) 115
LEE TAKES REIGNS OF RAZORBACKS’ OFFENSE: David Lee returned to Fayetteville during the off-season as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It is Lee’s third tour of duty at Arkansas after serving as quarterbacks and fullbacks coach under Ken Hatfield from 1984-88 and quarterbacks coach under Houston Nutt from 2001-02.
Lee recently completed his fourth season with the Cowboys as an offensive assistant, overseeing the team’s quality control efforts and working closely with the quarterbacks. Lee coached under legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells and worked directly with quarterbacks Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo.
Lee’s coaching career also includes five years as the head coach at Texas-El Paso (1989-93) and seven more as the offensive coordinator at Rice (1994-2000). Prior to arriving at UA in 1984, he spent two years at UT-Martin and one year at Vanderbilt working with the quarterbacks before beginning a five-year stint as the quarterbacks coach at Ole Miss (1978-82). He was the offensive coordinator at New Mexico during the 1983 season.
HORTON TO HANDLE RUNNING BACKS: Former Arkansas standout wide receiver Tim Horton returned to his alma mater in July as the Hogs’ running backs coach. Horton took over the position vacated when Danny Nutt stepped down to tend to ongoing health issues.
Horton comes to the Razorbacks from Air Force where he was hired as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in January after serving the 2006 season as the running backs coach at Kansas State. He got his coaching start at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped lead the Mountaineers to Southern Conference titles in 1991 and 1995. He left ASU for Air Force in 1999 and stayed with the Falcons as the running backs coach through the 2005 season.
While at Arkansas, he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a split end and punt returner for the Razorbacks under head coach Ken Hatfield. He caught 49 passes for 942 yards and one touchdown in his career, including hauling in 23 catches for 453 yards as a senior in 1989. Horton returned 78 punts for 657 yards in his collegiate career.
HEISMAN No. 2: Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden was the first Heisman Memorial Trophy finalist in school history. The then sophomore finished second to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, becoming only the fifth underclassman to ever finish in the top two. McFadden earned 45 first-place votes and 878 total points, edging out Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn (13 first-place votes, 782 total). McFadden captured 298 second-place votes with Quinn garnering 276. Below is a breakdown of the voting.
Heisman Trophy Voting
Player, School 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Troy Smith, Ohio State 801 62 13 2,540
Darren McFadden, Arkansas 45 298 147 878
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame 13 276 191 782
Steve Slaton, West Virginia 6 51 94 214
Michael Hart, Michigan 5 58 79 210
Colt Brennan, Hawaii 6 44 96 202
ALL-AMERICANS ALL AROUND: Arkansas had four players earn All-America honors following the 2006 season, including Darren McFadden who was a unanimous selection. Joining McFadden was offensive lineman Jonathan Luigs, who was also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the top center in the nation. Tony Ugoh was a second-team selection at left tackle and Stephen Parker garnered second-team honors at left guard. In 2005, Felix Jones became the first UA freshman to earn first-team All-America honors when he was selected as a kickoff-return specialist.
MARVELOUS MONK: At 6-6, Marcus Monk has stood out since the day he stepped foot on campus. He led all Southeastern Conference freshmen in receiving in 2004 and set a school record for freshman receiving along the way. Monk broke Richard Smith’s UA record (33) for receptions by a freshman when he hauled in 37 balls for 569 yards and six touchdowns. He tied for the team lead in catches and garnered freshman All-SEC honors for his efforts. As a sophomore in 2005, Monk caught 35 passes for a team-high 476 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2006, Monk produced the best numbers of his career with 50 catches for a career-high 962 yards. He caught a school record 11 touchdown passes and averaged 19.2 yards per catch, which was the second-best in the SEC. He was ninth in the league in yards per game (68.71). Monk’s 962 yards is the third-most in a single season in school history.
Monk has caught at least one pass in each of his 36 career games as a Razorback. That mark is the most among returning wide receivers heading into the 2007 season. He has caught at least three passes in 23 of his 36 career games.
HOG WILD IN OVERTIME: Arkansas is 6-1 in overtime games dating back to the 1996, which was the first season overtime was used to break ties at the end of regulation. The six wins is tied for the third most overtime wins in NCAA history (Missouri is 8-3). The .857 winning percentage, among teams with at least five overtime games, ranks third to Nebraska, South Florida and Michigan’s 5-0 records.