Tagged: arkansas football preview 2011

Freeze: Red Wolves' Record-Setting Offense Capable Of More

by Chris Bahn 8/5/2011 8:33 am

Arkansas State set nine school records and totaled 4,841 yards in 12 games last season. In their first year of an up-tempo, no-huddle offense, the Red Wolves finished in the Top 50 nationally in scoring, total offense and red zone offense. They were among the top producers offensively in the Sun Belt.

Arkansas Razorback Linebacker Jerry Franklin Uses Criticism As Means of Motivation

by Chris Bahn 8/2/2011 1:00 pm

Jerry Franklin led Arkansas in tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2008. He did it again in 2009 and 2010, making him one of the most accomplished players in Razorback history. Yet Franklin, who tallied 100 tackles last season, also happens to be one of the most criticized players by Bobby Petrino and staff. Franklin seems to rack up time in the Petrino doghouse like tackles.

Inside The 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview Magazine

by 7/18/2011 11:30 am

As Coach Bobby Petrino and his Razorbacks strive to build on last year’s 10-win season and Arkansas State fans look forward to the Hugh Freeze era, we know football fans across the state are already excited about the 2011 season. And we’re enthusiastic, too. We’ve put together a magazine to help you get even more fired up. This week we present the fourth annual edition of the ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview magazine.

Camden Fairview Looking For More Than A Third Trip To The Title Game (Inside the 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/15/2011 9:00 am

Camden Fairview has been close to a state title the last two seasons. Each year the Cardinals have made it to the Class 5A championship game, but come short. Could this year the year they finally enjoy a breakthrough and a title? Coach Buck James isn’t counting his team out in 2011.

Defense Up To The Challenge In 2010, Will They Be In 2011? (Inside the 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/14/2011 1:00 pm

Defensive improvement was a significant factor in Arkansas winning 10 games last season. If the defense doesn’t — as the unit’s members say — “hold onto the rope” Arkansas very likely loses games against Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Consider what the defense did in 2010 and what Bobby Petrino thinks of the unit’s prospects in 2011:

Lake Hamilton Gearing Up For Return To 6A Title Game (Inside the 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/14/2011 9:00 am

It’s only been three years since Lake Hamilton won a Class 6A state title. But the Wolves aren’t interested in letting that drought go on much longer. Lake Hamilton is again among the favorites in the class to compete for a championships. Coach Jerry Clay thinks his team should be in the mix come December at War Memorial Stadium.

Players, Not The Field Figure To Make Headlines For UCA This Season (Inside The 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/13/2011 1:00 pm

Have you heard? UCA is getting a new purple and grey field this season. Of course you've heard about the unique field. It's been a hot topic here and nationally in the offseason. What you might not have heard is that the Bears figure to play some pretty good football on that field this season. UCA's high expectations are something we explore in our 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview. Here's more from the edition which hit stands this week.

Explosive Offenses Here To Stay In Arkansas High School Football (Inside The 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/12/2011 1:45 pm

It’s unlikely the scoring explosion of the past few seasons will cease anytime soon for high school teams in the state. Rather, programs that were traditionally line-it-up-and-run are moving to quick-hitting attacks to keep up.

Freeze Ushers In New Era At Arkansas State (Inside The 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by Chris Bahn 7/12/2011 8:30 am

Each day since Hugh Freeze was hired to replace Steve Roberts has included some sort of reminder of competition, part of a plan that Freeze has to improve what has long been one of the toughest places to win in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Pulaski County Hoping For Talent Upswing After Several Lean Years (Inside The 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview)

by 7/11/2011 12:30 pm

Pulaski County has a proud tradition of producing football players. For a time it seemed the area was producing the majority of the college-bound football talent in the state. But as Jim Harris explores in a 2011 ArkansasSports360.com Football Preview feature, the talent seems to have dried up. Pulaski County has produced only three Razorback signees the last three years after sending six to The Hill in 2006. What happened? And will the talent be back? Harris visits those questions.

Big Talent in Class 2A

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Some of the state’s more sought-after athletes by big-time college programs, including the Arkansas Razorbacks, reside in Class 2A, the state’s smallest classification.

Harding Academy, Rison, Rivercrest and Earle Will Likely Compete for 3A Title

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Returning players from perennial power Harding Academy left the War Memorial Stadium field in mid-December already thinking about the 2011 state championship after losing a 14-10 decision to Rivercrest. There’s no reason not to think Searcy-based Harding Academy will be back in the hunt in 2011, along with the usual 3A suspects.

Shiloh Christian's Michael Sloan Must Step Up His Play in Class 4A

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

High schools with 100 or so students don’t automatically replace the Gatorade national quarterback of the year, the guy who led the school’s football program to three straight state championships and the fellow who hopes to take over for last year’s Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn.

Two Trips to 5A Final Prime Camden Fairview Cardinals For 2011 Title Run

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Usually a high school coach can tell from what’s coming up in the junior high program how his varsity might fare, but that hasn’t been the case at Camden Fairview the past two seasons. Buck James knew his upperclassmen from the past two years had been part of winless junior high teams, and yet the Cardinals reached the 5A state championship game two years in a row.

Lake Hamilton’s Time Is Now in 6A

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Since winning the 2008 Class 6A state championship, Lake Hamilton has found Pine Bluff and two-time champ El Dorado the thorns in the side, suffering back-to-back heartbreaking setbacks in the playoff semifinals. Along the way, a lot of young Wolves have grown up. And, while veteran coach Jerry Clay doesn’t believe in it being his team’s “turn” to win 6A, Clay expects his squad to be in the mix.

7A-Central Contenders Hope to Challenge Bentonville’s Stronghold

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

It would be understandable if the eight members of the 7A-West convinced the Arkansas Activities Association to move the classification’s state championship game – heck, make that the semifinals too — to Reynolds Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus. Playoffs in the state’s highest classification have been dominated by the West for most of the decade.

Eight Teams Will Kick Off 2011 Arkansas High School Football Season at War Memorial Stadium

by Levi Wolters 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Four marquee games, each with plenty of star power, will be played as part of the First Security Kickoff Classic, presented by ArkansasSports360.com and KABZ 103.7 The Buzz, on Aug. 29-30 at War Memorial Stadium.

Arkansas High School Football Wideouts, Linemen Stand Out

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 7/11/2011 12:00 am

The state of Arkansas produced 13 recruits in the Class of 2011 that signed with either an SEC or Big 12 school.

After Bottoming Out, Pulaski County Programs Begin to Resurface

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

While granting that his district has become more of a basketball district in recent years – three LRSD athletes signed Division I basketball scholarships in the most recent class – LRSD athletic director Johnny Johnson can see improvement coming.

Want Points? Eye-Popping Offenses Reflect 7-on-7 Emphasis

by Jim Harris 7/11/2011 12:00 am

It’s unlikely the scoring explosion of the past few seasons will cease anytime soon. Rather, programs that were traditionally line-it-up-and-run are moving to quick-hitting attacks to keep up.