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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.

Razorback 3-And-Out: Answering Pre-Spring Questions, Evaluating Top Position Battles

by Chris Bahn 3/14/2012 7:44 am

What position battles figure to be worth watching as Arkansas opens spring practice? What changes are in store for the defense? Those questions and more in a pre-spring practice 3-And-Out.

3-and-Out: Break Comes At Crucial Time For Razorbacks, Turnovers Key To Auburn Win

by Chris Bahn 10/10/2011 11:30 am

Injured Arkansas players could use a break. There are multiple areas where the team can improve as the season hits its midway point. Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they get that opportunity this week. Arkansas (5-1, 1-1 SEC) has no game on Saturday and has a much-needed chance to improve the health of players and tweak some things.

Bahn: No. 10 Razorbacks Proving 'Soft' Not An Appropriate Adjective As Injuries Mount

by Chris Bahn 10/4/2011 2:40 pm

Injuries absolutely would not be an excuse if Arkansas was 3-2 or worse right now. But that shouldn’t stop us from applauding the way the Razorbacks have handled a less than ideal situation. To this point the Razorbacks have survived mentally. Which is why I don’t think the term “soft” is fair game when describing this team. Fans have been offering that adjective up on Twitter, message boards and talk radio all season. Physically, does the team need to play stronger? Yes. There’s work to do, but equating this team with marshmallows or quality toilet paper is off the mark.

3-And-Out: Wilson In The Spotlight This Week, Petrino Has No Update On Injured Razorbacks

by Chris Bahn 10/3/2011 7:00 pm

Tyler Wilson picked a nice time to turn in a record 510 yards passing. Not only did his performance help Arkansas beat Texas A&M, it added to the storylines ESPN can delve into this week. A camera crew was already scheduled to be in Fayetteville as part of its “Depth Chart” series. Arkansas’ episode is set to run Oct. 26 on ESPN.

3-And-Out: Defensive Depth Chart Already Outdated, Robinson Hopeful Newcomers Avoid 'Jitters'

by Chris Bahn 8/31/2011 9:20 pm

Defensive tackle Robert Thomas and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith figure prominently into Arkansas’ plans on defense entering the season opener. Both junior college transfers quickly established themselves as playmakers for the Razorback defense and secured starting roles. Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson is hopeful both continue to impress when they play in front of people. Neither has experienced anything like a full Reynolds Razorback Stadium and Robinson doesn’t want them getting “jitters” when they “walk through that Hog walk for the first time.”

TJ Carpenter: Defense Expected To Contribute If Arkansas Wants To Achieve The Unexpected

by TJ Carpenter 8/29/2011 10:30 am

Arkansas has 11 seasons with 10 or more wins in its history. Only twice have the Razorbacks put together back to back double-digit wins ('64, '65; '88, '89). So, Arkansas will probably ... WAIT ... Before we go down the road of dampening expectations and crushing hopes and dreams, let's consider what Arkansas needs to do to buck the trend of predictions.

Arkansas Razorbacks By Position Who Will Make A Difference in 2011

by ArkansasSports360.com Staff 7/11/2011 12:00 am

Once again Arkansas has hopes of competing for an SEC title and a national championship. The Razorbacks were three fourth-quarter collapses (against Top 10 teams Ohio State, Auburn and Alabama) away last year. Building on that success will require a big year from a number of players. Here are Razorbacks at each key position who will have our attention and could make a difference this year.

3-And-Out: Robinson Looking for More Consistency From Hogs' Winston, Madison

by Chris Bahn 3/30/2011 9:45 pm

Cornerbacks Darius Winston and Isaac Madison are Arkansas’ most experienced players at the position. Both spent valuable time on the field last season and are talented enough to start. Naturally, they’re holding down starting spots at the corners, right? No. Instead, Winston and Madison are pitted against each other in practice each day. And so far, the resulting competition and consistency from the two leave a little bit to be desired, defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: National Writer High on Petrino's Expected 2011 Haul

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 1/27/2011 9:30 am

National Recruiting Analyst Max Emfinger has evaluated football recruiting classes longer than any of the recruits in the Class of 2011 have lived, and this year Emfinger is very impressed with what Arkansas' Bobby Petrino and his staff have been able to do. Emfinger currently has Arkansas rated No. 10 in the nation with its 28 verbal commitments. Emfinger is especially impressed with one position of Arkansas' class.

Razorbacks Add Five Mid-Term Enrollees

by Chris Bahn 1/18/2011 2:08 pm

Arkansas announced five football players have enrolled for the spring semester. Included are offensive tackle Brey Cook, wide receivers Quinta Funderburk and Marquel Wade, linebacker Tyler Gilbert and defensive tackle Robert Thomas. Enrolling early will give the five players a head-start on learning the playbook. They'll be able to go through spring practice and compete right away for playing time.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Arkansas Will Entertain a Host of Football Recruits This Weekend With Few Slots Left

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 1/13/2011 1:08 pm

Arkansas will host over two dozen recruits this weekend, with prospects from all around the nation slated to be on the Fayetteville campus. One less-familiar among the recruits visiting is St. Augustine (Fla.) fullback Tarek Odom. Odom is also considering Florida State, Arkansas State, Florida International and Eastern Michigan. Arkansas' Kris Cinkovich is the lead recruiter on Odom.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: New Petrino Contract A Comfort To Recruits

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 12/16/2010 9:42 am

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College defensive lineman Robert Thomas signed with Arkansas on Wednesday, the first day junior college recruits could start signing with schools. One highlight of Thomas' visit to Arkansas last weekend was the fact Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino signed a seven-year contract to stay at Arkansas in the future.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Razorbacks Look to Juco Players to Fill Last-Minute Needs

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 12/7/2010 10:50 am

Arkansas is looking to add some older players in the Class of 2011 to try and offset some of the players leaving in the senior class and juniors who may enter the 2011 NFL Draft.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Mid-term Grad Austin Beck Gets First Taste of Offense in 2010

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 11/30/2010 12:01 pm

Austin Beck, a two-way lineman out of Oklahoma, enjoyed what he termed "a pretty good season," and then took in Arkansas' 31-23 win over LSU on Saturday.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Hogs Spread Reach West for Defensive Commitment, More Targeted

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 10/5/2010 10:02 am

Arkansas picked up its latest commitment Sunday night when Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro linebacker Brock Haman chose the Razorbacks over Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State. Haman chose Arkansas because he wanted to play in the SEC.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Future Hog Thomas Has Two Sacks in Coffeyville's Opener

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 8/31/2010 9:01 am

Future Razorback Robert Thomas made his debut for Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College after redshirting last year, and he was part of the Red Ravens' 27-10 win over Tyler (Texas) Junior College in a JUCO Top 20 matchup at Coffeyville on Saturday. Thomas finished with a pair of sacks and five tackles.

Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Two JUCO Talents Are Among Future Hogs, With Others Getting Looks

by By Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst 8/3/2010 12:01 am

Arkansas has 14 commitments to this point, including a pair from junior college standouts: defensive tackle Robert Thomas and defensive back Isiah Wiley.