USA TODAY tabs Arkansas to finish with worst record in SEC West
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by E. Wayne
9h ago
At least there’s Vanderbilt. Arkansas football fans will, regardless, hold out hope for a bounce-back football season, but USA TODAY – our sister publication – released a re-rank of the 131 schools in FBS on Wednesday and the news was dire for the Razorbacks. Sam Pittman’s bunch checks in at No. 73, one spot ahead of Syracuse and one spot behind Texas State. The only SEC team ranked lower? Of course it’s the Commodores, who haven’t finished with a winning season since 2013. More notably – at least, more concretely – the re-rank also predicts each team’s record by the end of the year. Arkansas ..read more
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Where Sam Pittman ranks on best/worst list of Power Four college football coaches
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by Steve Holley
6d ago
On a personal level, everyone seems to agree that they like Sam Pittman. The Arkansas coach is affable, down-to-earth, and seemingly well-liked among his coaching peers. But nice guys don’t always finish high in the running when it comes to rating the best coaches in college football. Case in point, CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli and a team of panelists from 247Sports recently ranked all 68 Power Four coaches from top to bottom. Pittman checked in at No. 56, one spot behind California’s Justin Wilcox and one spot ahead of Cincinnati’s Scott Satterfield. That’s a steep drop compared to this time a ye ..read more
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Arkansas coach says he lives in 'constant state of paranoia' over roster-poaching
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by Steve Holley
1w ago
A transfer portal that never seems to actually close. NIL war chests. Schools “stealing” players already on active rosters at other NCAA programs. Welcome to the world of college football in 2024. First-year Arkansas offensive line coach Eric Mateos opened up about those topics in a podcast interview Friday. Let’s just say that Mateos didn’t hold back regarding his anxieties about being a coach in the current landscape of the sport. Mateos, who became the Razorbacks’ line coach in December after spending three years in the same post at Baylor, said that he lived in a “constant state of pa ..read more
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Former MLBer Monte Harrison, 29, to play football at Arkansas
Razorbacks Wire » Football
by E. Wayne
2w ago
Monte Harrison won’t be scared, that’s for sure. The man who spent nine seasons playing professional baseball, including stints in the Major Leagues with Miami and Los Angeles of Anaheim, committed Tuesday to play college football at Arkansas. College. Football. Harrison, who lives in Kansas City, was a four-star wide receiver recruit in high school in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Nebraska offered him a chance to play football and baseball for the Cornhuskers. But the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft and Harrison chose to sign. He had been playing professional ..read more
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Former Arkansas starter finds new home in transfer portal
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by Steve Holley
2w ago
One of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal has found a new home. ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported Monday that former Arkansas offensive tackle Andrew Chamblee had committed to SMU via the transfer portal. Chamblee played in all 12 games a season ago. Per Thamel: He’s the No. 6 overall player in ESPN’s transfer portal rankings. At Arkansas in 2023, he earned freshman All-SEC honors. Chamblee was an ESPN 300 recruit and ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in Arkansas in 2022. He’s 6-foot-6, 300 pounds and started eight games last season as a redshirt freshman. He’ll have ..read more
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Pittman, Hogs get much-needed defensive line depth with BYU transfer
Razorbacks Wire » Football
by E. Wayne
2w ago
Sam Pittman and the Arkansas footbal team picked up some depth for the defensive line on Monday as former Brigham Young defensive tackle Danny Salli committed to the Razorbacks out of the transfer portal. Salli never played a game with the Cougars as he signed with BYU in January. He went through spring drills and practices before putting his name into the transfer portal just over a week ago. He visited Fayetteville over the weekend. Salli was a three-star recruit out of Hutchinson Community College when he inked to play Provo during the winter. A 6-foot-3, 355-pounder, he’s considered more a ..read more
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Arkansas lands commitment from JUCO running back
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by E. Wayne
2w ago
Arkansas’ running back room should be full by now. The Razorbacks received a commitment from Hutchinson Community College running back Tyrell Reed on Friday. The 5-foot-9, 205-pounder ran for 833 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman in his one and only season of JUCO ball. Arkansas had a spot to fill at running back after senior Dominique Johnson entered the transfer portal last week. The current Razorbacks depth chart at the position has Utah transfer Ja’Quinden Jackson at the top, followed by returner Rashod Dubinion and freshman Braylen Russell. The team needs another body or two behind th ..read more
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Arkansas lands linebacker depth with former Florida State, Marshall LB Stephen Dix
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by E. Wayne
3w ago
Slowly but surely, the most desperate need for the Arkansas football team is being filled. After losing every upperclassman linebacker from last year’s roster – the top four tacklers from the unit – Arkansas has had to rebuild the room practically en masse. On Wednesday, thinsg took a step forward with the commitment of former Marshall linebacker Stephen Dix. Dix registered 67 tackles, including seven for-loss, with two sacks and four quarterback hurries for the Thundering Herd last year. Before Marshall, he played at Florida State where he played 21 games in two seasons before missing the 202 ..read more
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Hogs get quarterback Blake Boda from Coastal Carolina
Razorbacks Wire » Football
by E. Wayne
3w ago
Taylen Green is the unquestioned starting quarterback for the Arkansas football team going into the 2024 season. Who his No. 2 is remains one of the bigger questions the Razorbacks have to answer. A new candidate emerged Tuesday night as former Coastal Carolina quarterback Blake Boda announced his commitment to Arkansas out of the transfer portal. Boda, who could be qualified as either a redshirt freshman or a sophomore, threw three passes in the 2023 season. He was a three-star recruit out of the state of Florida in the Class of 2023 and may have ended up a starter for the Chanticleers in the ..read more
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Ex-Hogs QB, Arkansas native Criswell transfers back to UNC
Razorbacks Wire » Football
by E. Wayne
3w ago
Jacolby Criswell is a Natural State native, but it’s clear he is just as comfortable back east. Criswell, the former Arkansas quarterback, committed to North Carolina out of the transfer portal this week. He previously served as the Tar Heels’ back-up for three seasons before exiting the UNC program for Fayetteville for the 2023 season. He served one year as back-up to KJ Jefferson. Jefferson transferred to UCF in the offseason, leaving Criswell in competition with Boise State transfer Taylen Green for the starting role. Green quickly estbalished himself as the starter in spring practices. Wit ..read more
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