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SEC Road Trip 2012: Marching Cadets, A Sacred Corner, Ritzy Cockabooses and More

by Doc Harper 7/31/2012 2:09 pm

As much fun as it is to cheer on the Razorbacks along with tens of thousands of fellow fans in Fayetteville and Little Rock, there is nothing quite like venturing into enemy territory to call the Hogs. You do have to put up with some heckling on the road, but it’s normally in good fun. Rabid fans are what make the football atmospheres in the SEC so special, and why victory on the road is so difficult.

Fayetteville, El Dorado Look To Build Upon 7A, 6A Titles

by 7/27/2012 1:30 pm

Last year's Class 7A champion Fayetteville proudly wears a bulls eye on its back after beating then-unbeaten Bentonville. Class 6A El Dorado wants to extend a winning streak that began with its first title since 1958.

Inside The 2012 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview: Who'll Take Top Spot in 4A After P.A.'s Departure?

by 7/24/2012 1:15 pm

The 4A may be even more competitive this season as Warren and Nashville duke it out to reclaim the conference that was dominated by Pulaski Academy.

Class 3A: McGehee May Take Flight As Charleston Looks To Rebuild

by Jim Harris 7/23/2012 1:35 pm

Battling it out in the talented 4A-8 conference the past several years should have the McGehee Owls primed for a run at the 3A championship this fall. Reclassification for the new two-year cycle dropped McGehee down a class, but the speed and tradition of the Owls program could make it the class of 3A.

Bahn: Razorback Quarterback Tyler Wilson Makes the Cut

by Chris Bahn 7/20/2012 11:45 am

Spring brought plenty of evidence that Wilson is growing up. He was noticeably more comfortable than he’s ever been interacting with media, and he became the face of the program. Not to mention Wilson enjoyed his best spring as a Razorback and the offense had arguably the best spring in at least the last five years.

Inside The 2012 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview Magazine: Conque Says UCA Has Room To Breathe Under Smothers

by 7/19/2012 1:24 pm

Central Arkansas quarterback Wynrick Smothers knows all too well what it's like to be the back-up. In high school outside of New Orleans, he was No. 2 on the roster behind LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. For the past three years, he's sat behind Nathan Dick at UCA. Bears fans caught a glimpse of the future last season when Smothers started a game after Dick suffered a concussion. For 2012, it definitely seems like Smothers is ready for being No. 1. Here's more from inside ArkansasSports360.com's 2012 Football Preview.

Inside The 2012 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview Magazine: Arkansas Fertile Ground for Running Backs

by 7/19/2012 9:28 am

The state of Arkansas in general has given the world its fair share of running backs. In the current issue of ArkansasSports360.com's 2012 Football Preview, Evin Demirel takes a look at the 10 Best Running Backs from Arkansas.

Inside The 2012 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview Magazine: UAPB's Coleman Says Better Attitudes Could Be Key

by 7/18/2012 1:00 pm

Instead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff's second-place finish in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division, the event that stands out for the Golden Lions' 2011 season was a post-game fight against a Southern squad that resulted in 25 players receiving suspensions. Head Coach Monte Coleman has spent this off-season looking forward. He previews what 2012 has in store for UAPB in the latest edition of ArkansasSports360.com's 2012 Football Preview.

Inside The 2012 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview Magazine

by 7/18/2012 5:30 am

Arkansas football fans across the state are more than ready to see what the heck happens this season. We’re enthusiastic, too. We’ve put together a magazine to help you get even more fired up. This week we present the fifth annual edition of the ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview magazine.

Video: Gus Malzahn Wastes No Time In Getting ASU Red Wolves To Think ‘Big-Time’

by Chris Bahn 7/17/2012 12:00 am

Many of the same qualities that led Malzahn to success at the prep level helped him succeed as an offensive coordinator in college. Now he has his shot at proving his offensive philosophies, big vision and drive to succeed can work at Arkansas State.

The Last Word: At Least For One Time, We Read Our Crystal Ball Correctly; Now Comes The Elusive Encore

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Darn right, I’m bragging this year. Grandma (somebody’s granny at least, maybe one of mine or a friend’s) said, “You better toot your own horn, because nobody else will,” or something along those lines, and I’m doing it. I’m bragging because, for at least one summer preview, it’s all there in print from last July: 2011 SEC East Champ: Georgia. SEC West Champ: LSU. Overall SEC Champ: LSU. National champ: Alabama.

2012 Arkansas High School Kickoff Classic Lineup Features Playoff Teams, Old Rivals

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Traditional matchups, playoff veterans and a gamut of classifications will be on display in the fourth annual First Security Kickoff Classic.

Class 2A: Strong Weaker Minus Dixon? Junction City On The Rise?

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

The Class 2A championship trophy is very likely headed south again in 2012, and it could land in the very southernmost hamlet travelers find on the way from Arkansas into Louisiana.

Class 4A: Lumberjacks, Scrappers May Square Off At Season’s End

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

A couple of Arkansas powerhouses of the past decade and change have been missing from the 4A state championship round the past few seasons, but they may be ready to return. Warren, which won state titles in 2001 and 2002, and Nashville, which won three over 2005-07 in the classification, may be meeting in Little Rock in December for 4A’s title again.

Class 5A: Pulaski Academy Bruins Take Talented Targets Along In Leap Back To 5A

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Pulaski Academy moves back to 5A after a two-year absence, but without mercurial QB Fredi Knighten, who helped the Bruins post incredible offensive numbers while beating everyone in sight, from 7A teams on down, in winning a 4A championship in 2011.

Class 6A: El Dorado Enjoys Title Gusher

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Pardon the El Dorado Wildcat football fan that may be feeling a little giddy these days. Imagine what a Chicago Cubs fan might be like if, after a century of frustration, the Cubs won three straight World Series.

Class 7A: Fayetteville Wears Bull’s-eye And Bentonville Is Happy

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

A funny thing happened along the way to Bentonville’s 26th straight win and another 7A state championship: Fayetteville Bulldogs quarterback Austin Allen worked some magic, converted a two-point pass instead of playing for overtime and the Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 29-28 state title loss last December. Bentonville had wiped out the Bulldogs, like everyone else on its schedule, 41-6 in the regular season.

UAPB Golden Lions Looking To Build On Success Of 2011’s 6-5 Squad

by 7/16/2012 12:00 am

With 17 starters returning from last season’s 6-5 team, Coach Monte Coleman and his UAPB Golden Lions are looking forward to again contending in the tough Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division in 2012.

UCA’s Fourth-Year Quarterback Wynrick Smothers Brings a ‘Different Dimension’ To Potent Offensive Attack

by 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Smothers, a fourth-year junior, is taking over the reins at quarterback at Central Arkansas where expectations are high for him to again shine after a couple of years as a backup, this time to Nathan Dick, a high-profile quarterback in his own right.

Video: Razorbacks Know It, History Shows It: Stopping Run Is Key To Winning Conference Championships

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

It hasn’t been lost on Arkansas’ fan base, and surely not on the coaches, that the Razorback defense hasn’t measured up lately to Southeastern Conference West Division heavyweights Alabama and LSU. Everyone’s figured out that, while piling up passing statistics and scoring in bunches was all nice and glamorous, especially in the past three of the four years under Coach Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks came up short in their quest for an SEC West title because their defense was lacking.