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Mitch Petrus heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: Ruled academically ineligible for 2008, but practiced with the team while redshirting. 2007: He moved from fullback to guard prior to the season and played in all 13 games with 12 starts (did not start against Chattanooga). Earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches. He cleared the way for two All-American running backs – Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden, who led the SEC and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing (140.8), and Felix Jones, who ranked fifth in the SEC and No. 43 in the country (89.4). His overall grade for the year was 83.4, including a grade of 96.3 on passing plays. His 54 knockdown blocks were third only to Nate Garner’s 62 and Jonathan Luigs’ 55. In the South Carolina game, he recorded 14 knockdown blocks while earning an 84 percent run block grade, a 100 percent pass block grade and a total grade of 86 percent. He blocked the way for Arkansas’ 650 yards of offense, including 542 yards on the ground, and four rushing TDs, and was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week. 2006: Moved to fullback and was one of the Hogs’ most effective blockers out of the backfield and on special teams. He appeared in all 14 games logging time as a blocking back and on the kickoff return and PAT/field goal units. He helped clear the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Darren McFadden and Felix Jones) and the 2006 Doak Walker Award winner (McFadden). Perhaps his best play of the season came on a kickoff return when he made the final block to spring Jones for a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Ole Miss. He earned one rushing attempt on the season and gained a yard against Southeast Missouri State. 2005: He played in the last nine games for the Razorbacks as a member of the kickoff return team and a reserve tight end and offensive guard. He played 32 snaps, carding a grade of 81 percent.
Travis Swanson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 3/76 - Travis Swanson, C/G, 6-5, 312, Arkansas...Ultimately, the Lions believe this is the eventual replacement for Dominic Raiola, who is 35. In the meantime, he will work at guard and center and be the extra interior lineman dressing out on game day. He made 50 straight starts at Arkansas and has played in pro style offenses under Bobby Petrino, John L. Smith and Bret Bielema. - The Sports Xchange
Tyler Wilson heading into rSr season: A closer look at Raiders' picks: Round 4/112 - Tyler Wilson, QB, 6-2, 215, Arkansas...Going into a situation where quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor have a combined three NFL starts, and with the Raiders implementing a new offense, Wilson has a chance to compete for starting job. Battle-tested in difficult 4-8 final season. - The Sports Xchange
Jonathan Luigs heading into rSr season: 2007: Rimington Trophy winner, First team All-SEC, Co-Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner (best lineman in the SEC). 2006: Luigs established himself as one of the top centers in the nation with a standout sophomore campaign at the heart of the Razorbacks' offensive line. He was one of six finalists for the Rimington Award, presented annually to the nation's best center. Luigs was the only sophomore and one of just two underclassmen (the other was a junior) among the finalists for the prestigious honor. He earned third-team All-America honors from The Associated press and first-team sophomore All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com. He earned first-team All-SEC honors from league coaches and The Associated Press after helping the Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank fourth in the nation with 228.5 rushing yards per game. In addition for only the third time in SEC history and the 38th time in NCAA history, Arkansas featured two 1,000-yard running backs (Darren McFadden - 1,647, Felix Jones - 1,168) on the same team. He graded out at a team-high 89.7 percent, including team-best clips of 85.1 percent in run blocking and 97.1 percent in pass blocking. 2005: It didn't take long for the redshirt freshman to become an integral part of the UA offensive front. When Robert Felton moved from right guard to right tackle to take over after Zac Tubbs suffered a serious high-ankle sprain, he filled the void at right guard. At two points during the season, he moved down one spot to play center for an ailing Kyle Roper. He filled in admirably, helping Arkansas rack up 216.9 yards rushing per game to lead the SEC and rank 12th nationally. The offensive guard/center graded out at 84 percent or better on pass blocking in nine of 10 games he played. He ranked second on the line with a season pass blocking average of 92.2 percent. He posted the line's best rush block season average at 82.5 percent. He started seven games at right guard and three games at center. He had 53 knockdown blocks in 10 games played, an average of 5.3 per game that ranked second on the team. 2004: Came to Arkansas as an offensive guard, but also spent time at center on the scout team offense during his redshirt season.
*Ryan Mallett heading into rJr season: 2010: Mallett started all 13 games and completed an Arkansas single-season record 266 passes on a school-record 411 attempts for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns, both UA single-season records, with 12 interceptions. He broke Arkansas' single-season total offense record for the second straight season, finishing 2010 with 3,795 yards. He led the SEC and ranked fifth in the NCAA with 297.6 passing yards per game. His 32 passing touchdowns were tops in the conference for the second straight season and tied for seventh in the country, and his 291.9 yards of total offense per game ranked second in the SEC and 14th in the nation. Mallett threw for 1,968 yards and 14 touchdowns against ranked opponents to lead the SEC and rank second in the country in both categories. He led the SEC and finished third in the NCAA with 30 completions of 30 or more yards, and his 63 in the last two seasons are the most in the NCAA. He topped the SEC and ranks second in the NCAA with 104 completions of 15 or more yards and his 35 completions of 25-plus yards tied for the conference lead and seventh in the nation. He has a completion of at least 25 yards in 24 of his 26 games as a Razorback and a 50 yarder in 15 games. His 163.65 passing efficiency ranked third in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA, and his 15.26 yards-per-completion average was third in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA...2009: In his first season in the SEC, he led the league in touchdown passes (30), passing yards per game (278.8) and total offense (276.5). He was also second in the league and seventh nationally in pass efficiency (152.5)...He was the only player in the SEC to throw five-or-more touchdown passes in three different games. He also led the league in 400-yard passing performances with two and 300- yard passing performances with five...He led the nation in pass efficiency in home games (191.87)...He also led the nation in completions of 25-or-more yards with 44. In addition, he led the SEC in passes of 50-or-more yards (10) and passes of 15-or-more yards (89)...Finished high in several SEC single-season categories: 3,595 total yards gained (seventh); touchdown responsibility (32, T10); 3,624 passing yards gained (eighth); 30 touchdown passes (T12)...His completion percentage of 85.2 against South Carolina tied for the fifth-highest single game effort in SEC history (23-of-27)...2008: Practiced with the scout team while sitting out as a transfer from Michigan...2007: At Michigan: As a true freshman in 2007, he played in 11 games and completed 61-of-141 passes (.433) for 892 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions. He started three games for injured starter Chad Henne.
D.J. Williams heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER...Williams won the John Mackey Award in 2010, which goes annually to the nation's best tight end. The three-year starter reeled in a team-high 49 catches for 589 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Razorbacks to a 10-2 record and Sugar Bowl appearance this year. He was a first team All-SEC selection by both the AP and Coaches and also took home the Disney Spirit Award this year (college football's most inspirational figure)...2009: Second-team All-SEC (coaches)...Named to Lombardi and Mackey Award watch lists...AFCA Good Works Team nominee...FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award nominee...Tied for 24th in the SEC in receptions per game (2.46) and was 23rd in receiving yards per game (31.62)...Ranked third on the Arkansas roster in catches with 32 for 411 yards, a total that ranked fourth on the team...Caught passes in nine of 13 contests on the season, and had multi-catch showings in all eight games...2008: Williams had a record-setting season that saw him become the first Mackey Award (presented to the nation’s top tight end) semifinalist in school history. He finished as the team leader in receptions (61), receiving yards (723) and receiving touchdowns (3). He set school records for catches by a tight end in a season (61) and in a game (10 for 129 vs. Ole Miss). His 61 catches and 723 receiving yards ranked sixth among all tight ends nationally in 2008. His 24 catches and 275 yards against Top 25 teams were the third-highest totals for any tight end in the nation in 2008. Nearly half of his catches resulted in a first down for the Razorbacks (29 of 61, 47.5 pct.) and he accounted for nearly 25 percent of Arkansas’ receptions and receiving yards in 2008...2007: A backup at tight end to Andrew Davie, he played in every game except the Cotton Bowl. He was Arkansas’ lone starting tight end against Kentucky and started along with Davie in a two-tight end set against Chattanooga. For the year, he had five receptions for 94 yards, and was named to the SEC All-Freshmen first team. His 18.8 yards-per-catch average ranked third on the team.
Chris Smith heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 5/159 - Chris Smith, DE, 6-1, 266, Arkansas...Versatile defender who can play either end and has played some outside linebacker for the Razorbacks. Jaguars like his quick burst from set position and his ability to wrap up on tackles. Height and length could be some concern, but Jaguars feel his exterior speed rush will overcome that. - The Sports Xchange
Zach Hocker heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 7/228 -- Zach Hocker, K, 6-0, 189, Arkansas...Holds school records for field goal percentage, field goals. Hit five of seven from at least 50 yards. Could make roster as kickoff specialist if he doesn't beat out incumbent kicker Kai Forbath. - The Sports Xchange
Chris Gragg heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 7/222 -- Chris Gragg, TE, 6-3, 244, Arkansas...With veteran Scott Chandler recovering from ACL surgery, the Bills covered their bases by using a pick obtained in the Rams trade. Gragg was a top prospect entering his senior year but was limited to five games due to a knee injury of his own. Had a breakout junior year, averaging 12.6 yards on 41 catches and was a strong blocker. Can fill the H-back role in Buffalo's scheme. Very good value at this spot. - The Sports Xchange
Kiero Small heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 7/227 -- Kiero Small, FB, 5-8, 247, Arkansas...Small earned a rep as one of the best lead blockers in college football last year and Seattle will give him a shot in an offense that may value fullback blocking as much as any in the NFL. - The Sports Xchange
Trey Flowers heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' 11 picks: Round 4/101 - Trey Flowers, DE, 6-2, 266, Arkansas...Flowers started for three-plus seasons for the Razorbacks, displaying the ability to stuff the run as well as get after the quarterback with some efficiency. He will push the returning talent at the bottom of the depth chart among Patriots defensive ends. - The Sports Xchange
Martrell Spaight heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Redskins' 10 picks: Round 5/141 -- Martrell Spaight, LB, 6-0, 236, Arkansas...The All-SEC weak-side linebacker led the Razorbacks with 128 tackles last season and will probably move inside for the Redskins. A two-time junior college All-America at Coffeyville (Kansas) CC. - The Sports Xchange
Jerry Franklin heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 13 games, named second-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches. Led the team and ranked 10th in the SEC with 100 tackles. Also led the team with 13.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. Ranked second on the team and eighth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, while adding two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 22 following his 20-tackle performance, which included a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, in Arkansas’ 38-31 double-overtime victory at No. 22 Mississippi State. 2009: Played in all 13 games with 12 starts, led the team with 94 tackles, tied for first with three interceptions, tied for second with two fumble recoveries, and added 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three passes broken up. Had 10 stops with a 31-yard interception return that set up a field goal in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina. 2008: Freshman All-American, All-SEC Freshman selection started all 12 games at middle linebacker, leading the Razorbacks in tackles with 87 (three for loss, 1.5 sacks). Also led the squad in fumble recoveries (two) and tied for the highest interception total (two). Had one of the most complete games of his career against Florida with 10 tackles, one for a loss, and the first interception of his career (the first for UF QB Tim Tebow on the season and snapped his streak of 203 attempts without a pick). 2007: Redshirted.
Ray Dominguez heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 12 games in 2010...Was part of offensive line that paved way for first season in Arkansas history with 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher...Razorbacks lead SEC and rank third in NCAA in passing offense, averaging 338.4 yards per game, and 10th in NCAA in total offense with 489.3 yards-per-game average...Arkansas’ offense has already broken single-season school records for total offense yards (5,871), passing yards (4,061), passing touchdowns (34) and completions (277)...2009: Played in 12 and started 10 games at offensive tackle for the Razorbacks. Did not play in the Ole Miss game because of injury...Member of the offensive line that blocked for an offense that led the SEC in scoring offense (36.0), pass offense (295.5) and is third in total offense (427.3)...Blocked for seven 100-yard games from the Arkansas receivers and three 100-yard games from the Razorback running backs...2008: Began the year as the starter at left tackle and made 10 starts throughout the season. He started every game, except games against Florida and Tulsa, which were the only games in which he did not play. He helped Michael Smith become the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in school history, finish the year second in the SEC and No. 22 in the nation with 207 carries for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns...2007: Dominguez backed up All-American Robert Felton at left tackle in 2007 and played in six games. He did not make any starts, but earned snaps against Troy, North Texas, Chattanooga, Ole Miss, Florida International and Tennessee. He also had 10 knockdown blocks...2006: Redshirted.
Greg Childs heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 4/134 - Greg Childs, WR, 6-3, 219, Arkansas...Caught only 21 passes last year after tearing his patella tendon the year before. But is now healthy. - The Sports Xchange
Jake Bequette heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 3/90 - Jake Bequette, DE, 6-5, 274, Arkansas...Similar to Hightower, Bequette can play both linebacker and defensive end, and he has tremendous size and wingspan at 6-5. This could be a tremendous value pick; Bequette was a two-time team captain at Arkansas and competed at a high level in the SEC, making him an attractive prospect in the third round. - The Sports Xchange
DeMarcus Love heading into rSr season: 2010: Love was a first team All-SEC selection in 2010 by both the AP and Coaches. He started all 12 games for the Razorbacks from the left tackle position and is tied for the team lead with 36 career starts, including a team-high 29 straight heading into Tuesday's game. He helped pave the way for a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in 2010 and was part of an offensive unit that led the SEC and ranks fourth in the NCAA in passing offense (338.4ypg). Love is a key member of an offensive line that has already broken single-season school marks with 5,871 total yards, 4,061 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns and 277 completions. He and his teammates enter Tuesday's Sugar Bowl with a streak of eight consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher, averaging 174.8 rushing yards in those eight games...2009: Played in and started 13 games at offensive tackle for the Razorbacks. He increased his total to 24 career starts for the Razorbacks...Was selected as a 2009 team captain...Member of the offensive line that blocked for an offense that led the SEC in scoring offense (36.0), pass offense (295.5) and was third in total offense (427.3)... Arkansas was nationally ranked in passing offense (10th), total offense (20th), scoring offense (ninth) and passing efficiency (11th)...Arkansas’ offensive line did not allow a sack against Missouri State, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina and only allowed one sack in the Mississippi State game...Blocked for seven 100-yard games from the Arkansas receivers and three 100-yard games from the Razorback running backs...2008: Started eight games for the year, all at strong guard, and played in 11. He started the first four games against Western Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama and Texas, and the final four against Tulsa, South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU...missed the Florida contest with an injury...2007: Played in eight games and started the final three contests of the year at right guard against Mississippi State, LSU and Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a season grade of 80.2 with 16 knockdowns. He helped Arkansas’ line pave the way for an SEC-leading and school-record 3,725 rushing yards, an average of 286.5 yards per game, which was fourth in the nation...2006: Redshirted.
*Darius Philon heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Chargers' five picks: Round 6/192 -- Darius Philon, DT, 6-1, 298, Arkansas...Again, the Chargers went for someone known for pestering quarterbacks. Philon comes in as an underclassman and could use some growth on his frame and with his game. But he has an incredible burst that is easy to see in game films. - The Sports Xchange
Broderick Green heading into rSr season: 2009: Tied for 17th in the SEC in scoring (5.54) and sixth in the league in touchdowns (12). His 11 rushing touchdowns ranked fifth in the league and his nine rushing touchdowns in home games led the SEC and tied for 14th nationally...Led the Razorbacks in rushing with 104 carries for 442 yards and 11 touchdowns...Had the longest rush by any player in the nation in 2009 with a 99-touchdown run against Eastern Michigan. He set the Arkansas record for the longest run in school history and became the second player in SEC history to take one 99 yards... Had seven touchdown runs in the last six games and scored in eight of 13 games on the season...2008: Transferred to Arkansas in the spring of 2009 after two seasons at Southern California. In 2008, he appeared in six games and carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns...2007: Redshirted as a freshman tailback at USC.
Joe Adams heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/104 -- Joe Adams, WR, 5-11, 179, Arkansas...Has home-run potential, and will get the first chance as a punt returner. Averaged 16.9 yards per return last year, with four touchdowns. If he can learn ball security (11 career fumbles) has a chance to be an impact player. - The Sports Xchange
AJ Derby heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Patriots' 11 picks: Round 6/202 - A.J. Derby, TE, 6-4, 255, Arkansas...A converted quarterback with just one year of tight-end experience, Derby is a developmental project with intriguing size and athletic ability who'll be fighting for a job as a backup or special teams option. - The Sports Xchange
Cobi Hamilton heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/197 - Cobi Hamilton, WR, 6-2, 209, Arkansas...Broke out his senior season to shatter school records with 90 receptions for 1,335 yards. He can play inside and outside receiver positions. Productivity and versatility compare him to Mohamed Sanu where he could be in mix for one of the final receiver spots. - The Sports Xchange
*Knile Davis heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/96 - Knile Davis, RB, 5-10, 227, Arkansas...It was three years ago that Davis had a huge season with the Razorbacks, running for 1,322 yards at 6.5 yards per run. But he missed the 2011 season with a dislocated ankle and developed fumbling problems last year. Reid thinks the Chiefs can cure him of that problem. - The Sports Xchange
Tramain Thomas heading into Sr season: 2010: Started all 13 games, named second-team All-SEC by the AP. Led team with four interceptions and was credited with 83 tackles, 5.0 for loss with 0.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal. Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List after being selected as the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Texas A&M. He also earned Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week recognition for his performance against the Aggies, which included seven tackles, 0.5 for loss, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and an interception in the end zone on the final play of Arkansas’ 24-17 victory. 2009: Saw action in nine games with four starts. Despite missing four games, he was 14th on the squad with 32 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Also had a two-yard tackle for loss, forced one fumble and recovered a fumble. Named Arkansas' Outstanding Defensive Player in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over East Carolina after recording nine tackles with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown that tied the game in the third quarter. 2008: Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman ,with a start against Louisiana-Monroe. He finished with 29 tackles, including 22 solo stops and two tackles for loss of five yards, and two pass breakups.
Jarius Wright heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 4/118 - Jarius Wright, WR, 5-10, 182, Arkansas...A slot receiver who set school records for catches (168) and receptions (2,934). - The Sports Xchange
Malcolm Sheppard heading into Sr season: 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 34 Sol-53 TT, 16 TFL, 7.5 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 2 FF; Started at defensive tackle. Named to the All-SEC second-team by the coaches and AP. Finished the season as the second-leading tackler on the squad with 68 stops. He also led the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (14.5 for a loss of 56 yards). He ranked second in the SEC with 1.33 tackles for loss per game and third in the league in sacks (0.62 per game). Led the Razorbacks in quarterback hurries with 12 and forced fumbles (2). 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 16 Sol-28 TT, 10 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FF; Made 12 starts, missing only the LSU game with a twisted ankle. He started at tackle in the first four games before moving to left end the rest of the way. Had a team-high tying 10.5 TFL (-32) along with a team-high 16 quarterback hurries. Had six tackles, including two TFL (-3), a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry against Alabama; Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week honors. 2006: 14 GP; 2 GS; 7 Sol-12 TT, 1 TFL, 0.5 SK, 8 QBH; Sheppard quickly developed into a valuable contributor on the Hogs’ defensive front, worked his way up to second on the depth chart at right defensive end behind Antwain Robinson. Started the Southeast Missouri State game when Robinson sat out with a hip flexor. Personal: Born Feb. 13, 1988, he is the son of Ricky and Evelyn Sheppard. He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Jose Valdez heading into Sr season: 2007: Started at left tackle...2006: As a sophomore, Valdez played in all 14 games contributing on special teams and earning extended reserve opportunities at offensive tackle. He was the starting left tackle on the PAT/field goal team. He averaged around 11 snaps per game at tackle in the Hogs' traditional offensive set...2005: He played in the season opener against Missouri State, but did not return to the field for the remainder of the season. He earned an 88-percent grade on nine snaps against the Bears. He also tallied one knockdown block in his limited playing time.
Antwain Robinson heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 6 GS; 17 Sol-24 TT, 5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Arrested for shoplifting at Fayetteville mall in March '07, school made him do community service. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 44 Sol-68 TT, 14.5 TFL, 8.5 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 15 QBH, 1 FF; Second team All-SEC in '06. Missed time w/sprained ankle. Robinson emerged as a bona fide standout at defensive end for the Razorbacks in 2006. He was a member of the Ted Hendricks Award watch list and earned second-team sophomore All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com. League coaches named him to the second-team All-SEC squad. He started all 13 games he played in, missing only the Southeast Missouri State game due to a nagging injury. He racked up 68 tackles, including 44 solo stops and 24 assisted tackles. His 68 tackles were among the best in the conference by defensive linemen. He ranked fourth in the SEC and 37th in the nation in tackles for loss while ranking sixth in the league and 44th in the country in sacks. 2005: 3 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-5 TT, 3 TFL; With the Razorbacks in need of defensive help in November, he passed on his redshirt season to play in the final three games of the 2005 campaign. He earned five tackles, including three tackles for loss (-7) in his three games of action. - He was impressive in his collegiate debut, racking up four tackles (two solo and two assists) in the Razorbacks' win over Ole Miss.
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