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Jim Harris: Petrino Connections Run Through Kentucky Coaching Staff

by Jim Harris 10/12/2012 10:00 pm

If Bobby Petrino did resurface in Lexington, Ky., in his next head coaching gig, he’d easily recognize three members of the Wildcats coaching staff: offensive line coach Mike Summers, assistant head coach Greg Nord and defensive backs coach Mike Cassidy. All three spent time with Petrino at Louisville. Summers accompanied Petrino to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and on to Arkansas for two seasons as the Hogs’ offensive line coach. There are more connections and friendships between the UA and UK staffs, the coaches on both sides say, but on Saturday night they have business against each other.

Jim Harris: Razorbacks' Sack Attack, Takeaways Hold Auburn Tigers Down

by Jim Harris 10/6/2012 4:03 pm

Arkansas more than doubled its season total in sacks and takeaways in one Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., and ended four weeks of frustration. The Razorbacks, in rolling to a 24-7 win over Auburn, the first for the Hogs in Southeastern Conference play this season, sacked Tigers quarterbacks eight times for 80 yards in losses, continually derailing promising Auburn drives.

The Showgram: How Can The Razorbacks Be This Fragile? Is Auburn The Remedy?

by 10/4/2012 5:45 pm

It’s time for The Showgram, the collaborative effort of ArkansasSports360.com editor Chris Bahn and Adam Alter, assistant sports director of KNWA/KARK Razorback Nation. Think of it as sports radio at your convenience. Sports talk shouldn't be available only when you're parked at your desk or stuck in drive time. (Choose the download option to listen in iTunes.) Among the highlights (or lowlights):

3-And-Out: Razorbacks Figure Auburn Will Test Secondary, NIU Added To 2014 Schedule

by Chris Bahn 10/4/2012 7:50 am

Passing has not been Auburn’s strength this year. In fact, the Tigers have been among the worst passing teams in the country. Could this be a good matchup for Arkansas, which enters Saturday’s 11 a.m. game as one of the nation’s worst passing defenses? The Razorback secondary has been torched repeatedly the last several weeks.

Live Game Blog: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Sept. 29

by Jim Harris 9/29/2012 10:53 am

We're at a wet Kyle Field, drenched from a major rainfall earlier this morning, though as the kickoff approaches for the Arkansas-Texas A&M game, it appears we're getting a little respite from the heavy stuff and only misting. Arkansas has won the past three games with the Aggies after the programs renewed an old Southwest Conference rivalry in 2009 as the Southwest Classic in Jerry Jones' Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the former Big 12 Aggies joining the SEC this year, A&M opted to shift the series to home fields for the next two years — they'll be back in Arlington for a long run starting in 2014. They'll probably wish they were under a roof today. More rain is expected throughout the day. We're supposed to have thunderstorms in south-central Texas tonight. we'll be providing some insight and all the particulars to today's game in our usual live game blog format. Join in with your comments in the comment section, or email me at jharris@abpg.com.

3-And-Out: Razorbacks Want To Shore Up Pass Defense, Aggies Want First SEC Victory

by Chris Bahn 9/27/2012 6:51 am

John L. Smith is alarmed at the way the Razorbacks, ranked No. 111 In the country in passing yards allowed, have defended the pass. Arkansas has played well enough up front, Smith said, that teams have to throw the football. It’s there that the Razorbacks run into problems.

Jim Harris: Razorbacks Are Losing Throughout The Stat Sheet

by Jim Harris 9/26/2012 3:30 pm

We're frankly surprised John L. Smith hasn’t said it yet, because every other football coach who has memorized the key job clichés, especially if he's losing, always says, “Statistics are for losers.” Yes, we understand ultimately the only numbers that matter are under "Home" and "Visitor" on the scoreboard, and no matter what stat shows Arkansas with an edge, the Razorbacks are 1-3 and nothing will change that. But Arkansas comes up lacking in enough statistics to explain a lot as to why they're losing like this.

Harris: Razorbacks Won’t Necessarily Stop Anyone But Could Be More Opportunistic

by Jim Harris 9/21/2012 11:58 am

About this point in the season last year, Arkansas was way behind its opponents in takeaways. Then-head coach Bobby Petrino seemed to credit it mostly to luck — he insisted the turnovers would start balancing out the Razorbacks’ way. If we apply that logic to this Hog team under Petrino’s successor, John L. Smith, then turnovers should start coming Arkansas’ way by the bushel. In just three games, Arkansas is minus-8 in the turnover margin: six lost fumbles and four interceptions while claiming one fumble and one interception.

[VIDEO] 3-And-Out: Students Show Support For Razorbacks, Wilson Awaiting Clearance

by Chris Bahn 9/19/2012 11:00 pm

Approximately 200 students gathered on the south side of Razorback Stadium to greet Arkansas players following Wednesday's practice. Here's video:

Ranking The Razorbacks: Secondary Off To Shaky Start As McCarron, Crimson Tide Visit

by Chris Bahn 9/13/2012 9:07 am

Secondary play was among Arkansas’ biggest concerns entering the season. So far those concerns have not proven unfounded. Entering this week’s game against No. 1 Alabama the Razorbacks rank No. 108 nationally in pass defense. They have allowed 319.5 yards per game through the air in matchups with a Jacksonville State (a Football Championship Subdivision opponent) and Louisiana-Monroe.

Harris: Razorbacks Defense Can’t Bring Down ULM’s Browning In Shocking Defeat

by Jim Harris 9/9/2012 12:33 pm

Until Saturday night’s shocking 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe, one would have to go back 41 years to find a more stunning loss for such a promising Arkansas Razorback team to an unranked nonconference opponent. Saturday night we found a Razorback team, which somehow moved UP to No. 8 after a middling showing against Football Championship Subdivision program Jacksonville State last week, holding a 28-7 lead. However, Arkansas’ defense managed to make ULM junior Kolton Browning look like the best quarterback in the country for one night. There are no official stats for missed tackles, but the Hogs must have failed to hang onto Browning 20 times in the Warhawks' 100 offensive snaps.

3-And-Out: Coaches Evaluating Winston, Kelleybrew At Corner; Wise Impressive

by Chris Bahn 9/6/2012 6:18 am

Kaelon Kelleybrew replaced Darius Winston early in last week’s game against Jacksonville State. He then played nearly all the remaining snaps in the 49-24 victory. That is no sort of guarantee Kelleybrew will start this week against Louisiana-Monroe.

Live Game Blog: Arkansas vs. Jacksonville State, Sept. 1

by Jim Harris 9/1/2012 5:52 pm

Welcome back, Hog fans and other followers. Be a part of the blog and feel free to comment in the accompanying comment section, or send me an email at jharris@abpg.com (I periodically will check the mail during the game). The game is significant not only as the Razorbacks' season opener, but it also marks the return to Fayetteville of former head football coach Jack Crowe, who lost his job following a stunning 10-3 upset at the hands of The Citadel on Sept. 5, 1992, nearly 20 years ago. Crowe left coaching for a while, only to return 13 years ago to lead Jacksonville State, where he's had the Gamecocks contending regularly for Ohio Valley Conference championships (they've won three under Crowe's guidance).

Jim Harris: Crowe, Jacksonville State Will Provide Type Of Test Razorback Defense Wants

by Jim Harris 8/31/2012 3:05 pm

Arkansas fans who were never around Jack Crowe, but only cheering or jeering from afar at Hog games, won't understand what type of person he is, especially with the media. He showed genius at times as the Arkansas offensive coordinator in 1989, before his sudden elevation to head coach in 1990. And now, as the veteran head coach at Jacksonville State, he'll bring a run-oriented team to Fayetteville to provide an adequate test for the Razorback defense.

3-And-Out: Highsmith, Tank Wright Together Again; Razorbacks Get Younger On Returns

by Chris Bahn 8/30/2012 7:07 am

In theory, Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright playing alongside each other at linebacker is a good thing for Arkansas. Highsmith is the team’s top returning tackler and led the team in tackles for loss last season. Wright hasn’t played the position since high school, but has the size and the leadership needed in the middle. Their rapport off the field is solid and could help chemistry on the field. Only trouble is, injuries have kept them from getting on the field together. They’ve been alongside each other for the first time in a long time this week.

Bahn: Johnson, Haynes Working To Fix Plenty On Defense, Especially Razorbacks' Energy

by Chris Bahn 8/28/2012 1:00 pm

Arkansas has had a variety of struggles on defense prior to the arrival of coordinator Paul Haynes. Perhaps nothing was more alarming to Haynes and linebackers coach Taver Johnson than a low energy level from the defense, which seemed to lead to lethargic, timid play.

AP: Razorback Defense Emerging From Offensive Shadow

by Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press 8/14/2012 10:04 pm

Ross Rasner noticed a startling change early in preseason camp. The Arkansas safety was accustomed to serving as a defense in name only during the skeleton scrimmage portion of practice, a time during which the offense was expected to have its way under former coach Bobby Petrino. Then, one night during an early August practice, Rasner's instincts took over and he knocked the ball away from a receiver. Afterward, he paused and waited for criticism he said he had become used to in his three seasons under Petrino. All he heard were cheers of support.

3-And-Out: Jarrett Lake Pulling His Weight At Star, Defense Developing 'SEC West' Attitude

by Chris Bahn 8/14/2012 7:10 pm

Coaches are no longer harping on linebacker Jarrett Lake making a certain weight. They’re much more interested in him making plays. Lake, who has gained “15 or 20 pounds” since arriving on campus in 2010, is still small for the linebacker position at 6-foot-3 and approximately 220 pounds. But Lake is athletic, has good speed for the position and his skills seem to be a good fit at the “star,” a hybrid outside linebacker/safety position.

Jim Harris: Kiero Small Looms Large For Hogs As They Look For More Leaders, Playmakers

by Jim Harris 7/27/2012 2:48 pm

Kiero Small epitomizes the Bobby Petrino recruit. As a 5-foot-10 runner whose strength was blocking, he fell below the radar of the national recruiting "gurus" as Petrino and the Razorbacks signed Small out of Hartnell Community College in Valley Forge, Pa., in February 2011. But immediately, when the former Hog coach was discussing that particular recruiting class, his eyes lit up over the way Small could light people up as a blocking back and how he hit as a linebacker. Arkansas plans to get him on the field doing both, blocking as well as hitting on defense, Paul Haynes said Thursday.

Jim Harris: Smith’s Whirlwind Tour Of ESPN Catches His Eye; No Wade For Hogs

by Jim Harris 7/26/2012 1:45 pm

Much has changed for Arkansas Coach John L. Smith since his last coaching job, especially when it comes to the "Worldwide Leader," ESPN. Smith just returned from the national media tour, first in Hoover, Ala., to meet the Southeastern Conference press and then through the "carwash" of ESPN with players Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis. After that, Smith was ready to attempt to play golf with Arkansas media and program supporters at Paradise Valley Golf and Athletic Club on Thursday. But Smith, who was last a head coach at Michigan State in 2006 before being hired to replace Bobby Petrino in April, still was quite blown away by the visit to ESPN in Bristol, Conn.