Morris leaning on youth in second year of Arkansas overhaul
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Whether it was a fluke of a first year or an ominous harbinger, Chad Morris' inaugural season as Arkansas head coach was an on-field disaster.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Two Southeastern Conference Western Division programs hope transfer quarterbacks can give them a boost in the standings.
Mississippi State brought in Penn State graduate...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After a 2-10 season, Arkansas has opened spring practice with a mantra that is as much physical as it is metaphorical: "Earn everything."
South Carolina adds John Scott Jr. as defensive line coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has hired former NFL assistant John Scott Jr. as its defensive line coach.
The school announced the hire Tuesday after his one-year, $435,000 contract was approved by university trustees.
Scott takes over for Lance Thompson, who was let go by the Gamecocks after three seasons.
WR La’Michael Pettway the latest to leave Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Leading Arkansas wide receiver La'Michael Pettway is leaving to play his senior season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
Pettway, who led the Razorbacks with 499 receiving yards last season, announced his decision Tuesday, saying "nothing personal, I just have to do what's best for my family and I."
Former SMU QB Ben Hicks to transfer to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks will play his final year at Arkansas.
Hicks made the announcement on Twitter . He will reunite with Arkansas coach Chad Morris and coordinator Joe Craddock, who recruited him to SMU in 2015.
Hicks is SMU's all-time leader with 9,081 yards and 71 touchdown passes. Last season, he completed 208 of 372 passes for 2,582 yards, with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Arkansas Razorback coach gives fan signed picture, letter
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Local resident Kathleen Smith recently received a signed photograph and personal letter from Arkansas Razorback's head football coach, Chad Morris.
Smith, who is almost 85 years old and resides at Hudson Senior Center, said while watching the Razorbacks play against Ole Miss on Oct. 13, she jumped up and fell, breaking her hip.
Arkansas pulls in top 20 recruiting class
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has signed a consensus top-20 recruiting class despite a dismal season.
The Razorbacks signed 20 players to a class Rivals.com ranks 12th nationally. ESPN ranks the group No. 19 and 247Sports slots it No. 20.
Arkansas suspends DBs for socializing with MSU spirit squad
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl have been suspended for the season finale against Missouri for socializing with members of Mississippi State's spirit squad.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris announced the decision earlier this week. Pulley and Curl were seen with the Mississippi State students before last Saturday's 52-6 loss in Starkville. Morris called the actions "unacceptable" during his postgame remarks.
No. 25 Mississippi State will lean on defense vs Arkansas
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's season hasn't gone exactly as planned with the Bulldogs well out of the Southeastern Conference Western Division race.
There are some obvious reasons for the team's losses, but it's hard to put any blame on the defense.
No. 25 Mississippi State tries to spark offense vs. Arkansas
Arkansas (2-8, 0-6 SEC) at No. 25 Mississippi State (6-4, 2-4, No. 21 CFP), noon EST (ESPN)
Line: Mississippi State by 21.
Series Record: Arkansas leads 16-11-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Mississippi State is working to bounce back from last weekend's 24-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama and pile up wins for a trip to a better bowl. Arkansas is trying to avoid going winless in the SEC in coach Chad Morris' first season.
No. 9 LSU looks to retain Golden Boot against Arkansas
No. 9 LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC, No. 7 CFP) at Arkansas (2-7, 0-5), 7:30 p.m. EST (SEC Network)
Storey set to return at QB when Arkansas hosts Vanderbilt
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ty Storey waited more than three years for his chance as the starting quarterback at Arkansas, and he didn't like missing last week's win over Tulsa because of injury one bit.
The junior is healthy once again following a physical beating against Mississippi two weeks ago, and he is expected to return when Arkansas (2-6, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Noland, defense help Arkansas shut out Tulsa, 23-0
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Arkansas freshman quarterback Connor Noland trotted off the field after throwing an interception on the first drive, Razorbacks coach Chad Morris didn't have to say much to make sure his first-time starter stayed confident.
This was the moment kids across Arkansas (2-6) dream of, especially ones like Noland — an Arkansas native and fan his entire life.
Morris stuck with his quarterback, and the move paid off in a 23-0 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.
Desperate Arkansas keeping hopes high against Tulsa
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Even in a year full of one disheartening setback after another, Arkansas' second-half collapse in a loss to Mississippi last week had a particular sting to it.
The Razorbacks (1-6) appeared well on their way to earning their first Southeastern Conference victory under first-year coach Chad Morris, right up until the Rebels rallied from 17 points down for the win.
Arkansas loses RB Whaley to ankle injury
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas running back Devwah Whaley is out until at least November after ankle surgery.
Coach Chad Morris said Whaley was injured during Saturday's loss to Mississippi, leaving midway through the third quarter. Fellow running back Rakeem Boyd was injured in the first half for the Razorbacks (1-6, 0-4 SEC).
Morris said Boyd, defensive lineman McTelvin Agim and running back T.J. Hammonds are all expected to play against Tulsa (1-5, 0-3 American Athletic) on Saturday.
Improving Arkansas hopes to slow high-scoring Ole Miss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Chad Morris' best quality in his first year at Arkansas has had nothing to do with his coaching ability.
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O’Grady gives Arkansas a boost after early season suspension
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Cheyenne O'Grady is making up for lost time at Arkansas.
The tight end grabbed seven passes for 48 yards and scored two touchdowns against top-ranked Alabama over the weekend, giving the offense some much-needed variety in what has been a difficult year under first-year coach Chad Morris. Difficult for O'Grady, too, who was suspended.
Improving Arkansas faces tough task against No. 1 Bama
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Chad Morris is off to a rough start at Arkansas, with his Razorbacks losing four straight games and appearing well on their way to missing out on a bowl game for the second straight season.
Just when Morris has Arkansas showing signs of improvement, the first-year coach is about to get a harsh reminder of how far he has to go.
No. 1 Alabama chases 12th straight win over Arkansas
No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Arkansas (1-4, 0-2), noon ET (ESPN)
Line: Alabama by 35.
Series record: Alabama leads 18-8.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Crimson Tide would love another dominating performance after easily dispatching its first five opponents, including two in the SEC West. The Razorbacks could make a huge statement early in the Chad Morris coaching era with even a competitive game, much less an upset.
Razorbacks receiver Nance says he will redshirt, transfer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas receiver Jonathan Nance says he will redshirt this season and transfer from the program in December.
Nance, a senior who started six games in the 2017 season, made the announcement on Twitter early Monday after playing four games this season. The decision coincides with college football's new rule that allows for football student-athletes to play in four games without spending a redshirt.
Old pals Malzahn, Morris face off in Auburn-Arkansas game
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn and Chad Morris joined the ranks of Southeastern Conference head coaches after winning three state titles apiece in high school and transitioning to college as offensive coordinators.
The two friends have something else in common: Both could really use a win.
Arkansas AD supports football coach Morris after 1-2 start
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek urged fans not to panic about the football team's 1-2 start and offered support for coach Chad Morris on Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
Arkansas QB Ty Storey will start at No. 9 Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When freshman quarterback Connor Noland entered the game against North Texas at the 6:17 mark in the third quarter, what was left of the Arkansas crowd made its cheers heard loud and clear.
Arkansas returns home to face air-it-out Mean Green
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Hjalte Froholdt has been through this before.
Like many of his experienced teammates, the senior offensive lineman has been a part of too many late-game losses and disappointments in his four years at Arkansas.
The latest crushing defeat came a week ago at Colorado State, a 34-27 loss in which the Razorbacks (1-1) allowed 25 straight points in a second-half collapse that quickly put an end to any honeymoon for first-year coach Chad Morris.
Arkansas eager to shed reputation for blowing late leads
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The 10-point lead for Arkansas in the fourth quarter at Colorado State might have felt secure in some places. Not so much to those familiar with the Razorbacks under coach Bret Bielema.
Sure enough, the Rams scored 17 unanswered points to earn its first win of the season, 34-27, and drop Arkansas to 1-1.
Arkansas still undecided on QB heading into N. Texas game
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Chad Morris still hasn't chosen a starting quarterback between Ty Storey and Cole Kelley.
Neither stood out in the Razorbacks' 34-27 loss at Colorado State last Saturday. Morris expects both to play Saturday against North Texas.
No. 16 TCU, SMU start after nearly 2-hour weather delay
DALLAS (AP) — The game between Dallas-Fort Worth rivals SMU and No. 16 TCU has started after a weather delay of nearly two hours.
Lightning delays kept the teams off the field until nearly an hour and a half after the scheduled kickoff of 7 p.m. local time Friday night. Light rain was falling at SMU's campus stadium when the game started.
The Horned Frogs are seeking their first seven-game winning streak in the series. It's the 98th meeting of the former Southwest Conference foes.
Arkansas QB battle continues, backup takes first-team reps
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Arkansas junior quarterback Ty Storey entered the game on the first drive of the 55-20 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois, he handed the ball to running back Devwah Whaley for an uneventful 3-yard rush.
Storey shines off bench for Arkansas in win over E. Illinois
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — First-year Arkansas coach Chad Morris said earlier this week that while Cole Kelley had been named the starting quarterback, he might not necessarily be the finisher.
Ty Storey may not have finished the Razorbacks' season-opening 55-20 win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday, but he did his best to put an end to the Arkansas quarterback discussion once and for all well before the end of the game.
Arkansas hopeful and eager for Chad Morris’ coaching debut
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — For all the excitement in Arkansas about the hiring of Chad Morris, any talk about the Razorbacks over the offseason included the recent past.
It's a past that features arguably the worst six-year stretch in school history, an embarrassing conclusion to the scandal-ridden Bobby Petrino era and a disappointing tenure under Bret Bielema, fired after last season.
Kelley to start at QB for Arkansas, Storey will play
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Cole Kelley ended last season on suspension from the Arkansas football program after his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
After an offseason that included a coaching change and an effort to regain the trust of his teammates, Kelley will begin this year under center for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas intent on a quick turnaround under Chad Morris
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dre Greenlaw thought winning a minimum of seven games last season was a given for Arkansas.
That false confidence is what made life even more difficult for the Razorbacks linebacker as hopes of a fourth straight winning record came crashing down.
"About Game 7, you could feel the emotional drain start wearing on you," Greenlaw said of Arkansas' 4-8 record a year ago. "It was like, 'Dang, this is really happening.'"
Pressure-minded Chavis bringing swagger to Arkansas’ defense
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin Agim thought long and hard in high school about attending Texas A&M, for one reason: Former Aggies defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Three years later, Agim will finally have the chance to play for the coach he has admired for so long.
Arkansas OL Malone out for season with knee injury
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas offensive lineman Deion Malone will miss the season with a knee injury suffered during practice.
Razorbacks coach Chad Morris says Malone injured his knee during a pass-rush drill on Monday, and that the senior underwent surgery Monday night.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Everywhere Chad Morris goes around Arkansas these days, he's excited.
The first-year Razorbacks coach has been preaching his excitement since being hired away from SMU last December, doing so at fan clubs, to the media, on social media — and to anyone else who will listen.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas freshman receiver Michael Woods was arrested late Friday night and charged with driving under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
According to a preliminary arrest report by Fayetteville police, the 18-year-old Woods was pulled over after nearly hitting a police car driving in the opposite direction. The report says Woods smelled of alcohol and was given a field sobriety test, then was arrested.
As Victoria native Frank Ragnow sat with friends and family on Thursday, the now-former Arkansas offensive lineman heard his name called as the 20th pick in the draft, going to the Detroit Lions.
Ragnow was a three-year starter at center for the Razorbacks, but suffered a high ankle sprain versus Auburn in his senior year. He started the first seven games last season before missing the rest due to the injury.
A look at some SEC players poised for possible breakouts
Some of the Southeastern Conference players who were impressive during spring workouts and could be impact players next season:
DB Saivion Smith. The junior college transfer, a former five-star LSU signee, could make an immediate impact in a secondary short on experience. The Tide must replace its entire starting secondary, including unanimous All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick, plus a key reserve.
More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.
A lot of coaches have tried. A lot of them have ended up unemployed.
Arkansas quarterback question to linger until August
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — New Arkansas coach Chad Morris doesn't know yet who the starting quarterback will be when September's season opener comes around.
Whether Morris is holding off naming a starter until August as a motivational tactic, or because returners Cole Kelley and Ty Storey could possibly be pushed by an incoming freshman, is anyone's best guess.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Chad Morris arrived at Arkansas with the promise of turning the formerly pro-style Razorbacks into one of the most up-tempo teams in the Southeastern Conference.
During practices, games and even workouts, the new Arkansas coach — often armed with an energy drink at his side — wanted as much energy as possible.
Arkansas to play spring game in Little Rock
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will play its annual spring football game in Little Rock.
The Red-White game will be played on April 7 in War Memorial Stadium, where the Razorbacks play one regular season game each year. Razorback Stadium, Arkansas' home in Fayetteville, is under construction and scheduled to be completed to open the 2018 season.
Arkansas is also scheduled to host Mississippi in Little Rock on Oct. 13.
Arkansas announces Chavis, Craddock as coordinators
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Chad Morris has hired former Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis to help bring Southeastern Conference experience to his coaching staff.
The Razorbacks have also announced Joe Craddock will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, continuing in the same role he held at SMU under Morris.
Morris caps post-hiring whirlwind by signing 7 at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — New Arkansas coach Chad Morris had 13 days to add his touch to an early recruiting class that former coach Bret Bielema had spent years working on.
Morris took a break from his hectic first few weeks in Fayetteville to celebrate that work and reflect on his first two weeks on the job.
New coach Sonny Dykes leads SMU in Frisco Bowl vs La Tech
SMU (7-5, American) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6, C-USA), Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Home run coaching hires hard to make from shallow pool
Making the home run hire seems to be more difficult than ever when it comes to college football coaches.
Silly season moved quickly this year, spinning this way and that over a frenetic couple of weeks. UCLA and Texas A&M both made a splash by hiring Chip Kelly and Jimbo Fisher, respectively. Tennessee flailed about for two weeks before hiring Jeremy Pruitt, a promising coordinator and Nick Saban disciple.
CLEMSON — It’s not unusual when you are one of the best teams in the nation to have your assistant coaches courted by other teams looking to fill vacancies within their coaching staffs. But that, strangely enough, is something that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been able to avoid for the most part during the Tigers run over the last six years.
Road leads Sonny Dykes home to Texas and SMU
DALLAS (AP) — Sonny Dykes didn't even have to finish the story of his favorite SMU memory to stir some in the crowd who showed up to greet the Mustangs' new coach.
All he had to say was 1982, Lubbock and Texas Tech — and never mind that the thrilling SMU win on a last-second kickoff return was at the expense of the school that would later become the longtime coaching home of Dykes' late dad, Spike Dykes, and his alma mater.