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  02/18/20 - Xavier KellyrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-3, 305 (DS#6 DT) + More +

  Former Clemson defensive tackle Xavier Kelly has announced plans to play his final season at Arkansas after entering the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 18. He made an official visit to Fayetteville on Jan.31-Feb. 2. Kelly had 9 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 93 snaps in 10 games as a sophomore. Last season, Kelley had 9 tackles, one-half sack and 2 pass breakups and one recovered fumble in 87 snaps in 10 games. - Arkansas Online

(DS#6 DT) rSr/2021 DT Xavier KellyArkansas
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  12/11/19 - Treylon BurksSo/2023, Arkansas, 6-3, 223 (DS#20 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Treylon Burks, Arkansas,...Burks, a freshman from Warren, Arkansas, saw action on both kickoff and punt returns this season, totaling 22 between the two. He returned 10 kickoffs for 226 yards, averaging 22.6 per play, while returning 12 punts for 130 yards for a clip of 10.8 per return. He ranked sixth in the conference this season in kickoff return yards per game at 20.5 and eighth in punt return yards per game at 11.8. His top return game came against Mississippi State on Nov. 2, totaling 134 kick return yards, which were the most by a Razorback since 2017. On top of his prowess in the return game, Burks also made an impact on offense, leading Arkansas in receiving yards with 475 on 29 receptions for a team-best 16.4 yards per catch. He led all SEC freshmen during the regular season in yards per game (43.2) and receptions per game (2.6). - Arkansas Football

(DS#20 WR) So/2023 WR Treylon BurksArkansas
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  12/11/19 - Trey KnoxSo/2023, Arkansas, 6-4, 205 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  Arkansas hired Georgia assistant Sam Pittman as its head coach Sunday, giving the longtime offensive line coach his first chance to lead a college program. Pittman, an Oklahoma native, has been coaching at the FBS level since 1994 and he's been in the Southeastern Conference, including a three-year stint at Arkansas, since 2012. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek made the move official with Pittman on Twitter. Pittman has spent the last four years at Georgia working for Kirby Smart. He's known as both an ace recruiter and top-notch line coach. Pittman also has made assistant coaching stops at Tennessee, North Carolina and Northern Illinois, but this is a much different challenge. Arkansas is coming off a 2-10 season that led to the firing of coach Chad Morris after less than two seasons. The Razorbacks have not reached a bowl game since 2016 and are on their fourth head coach in less than a decade. The fans have checked out. This season, the year after a $160 million stadium renovation and expansion, the school had its two lowest-attended games since 2001. - AP College Football

(DS#5 WR) So/2023 WR Trey KnoxArkansas
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  12/01/19 - Feleipe FranksrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-5, 227 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Injured quarterback Feleipe Franks is leaving Florida to explore other options. Franks announced his decision on social media Sunday, a day after the seventh-ranked Gators beat rival Florida State 40-17 in the Swamp. "My heart is heavy," he wrote in a message posted on Instagram. "There will be a lot that is missed. I plan on exploring my options of entering the NFL draft or playing my final year elsewhere." The 6-foot-6 Franks gruesomely dislocated and fractured his right ankle in a victory at Kentucky in September. He is expected to be sidelined for at least six months. The recovery time and the emergence of backup Kyle Trask made Franks' chances of regaining the starting job in 2020 a long shot.

A fourth-year junior from Crawfordville, Franks completed 59% of his passes for 4,593 yards. He had 38 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions. He also ran for eight scores. Franks started to blossom under coach Dan Mullen. But it's become clear that Trask and Emory Jones would be the quarterbacks of the future in Gainesville. Franks, who has a strong right arm and pitched in high school, also was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 947th pick in the 31st round of the 2019 amateur draft. He hasn't played baseball since his junior year of high school because he graduated in December 2015 and enrolled early at Florida. - AP College Football


(DS#12 QB) rSr/2021 QB Feleipe FranksArkansas
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  11/10/19 - McTelvin AgimSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-3, 307 (DS#15 DT) + More +

  Arkansas has fired football coach Chad Morris after 22 games and no Southeastern Conference victories. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek announced the move in a statement, saying it was clear that the program had not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially in the SEC. Morris finished 4-18 and 0-14 in the SEC. Arkansas made the move less than 24 hours after the Razorbacks lost 45-19 to a Western Kentucky. Morris' only victories came again Eastern Illinois, Portland State - two FCS teams - Tulsa and Colorado State. A year after a $160 million stadium renovation and expansion, Arkansas had its two lowest-attended games since a previous expansion in 2001. - AP College Football

(DS#15 DT) Sr/2020 DT McTelvin AgimArkansas
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  11/02/19 - Cheyenne OGradyrSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-4, 256 (DS#18 TE) + More +

  Arkansas' Cheyenne O'Grady did not play Saturday and after the game, Morris said his potential first-team All-SEC tight end was suspended. The team leader in catches (33), receiving yards (372) and touchdowns (3) posted an ominous tweet Friday night suggesting his time with the team was done. After the game, Morris said it was a suspension, but declined giving a reason or how much time O'Grady would miss. Entering Saturday, O'Grady led all SEC tight ends in receptions per game and yards per game. - AP College Football

(DS#18 TE) rSr/2020 TE Cheyenne OGradyArkansas
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  10/28/19 - Colton JacksonrSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-5, 298 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Razorback senior offensive lineman Colton Jackson has decided to step away from football after trying to push through multiple injuries these past two seasons. - 247 Sports

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2020 OT Colton JacksonArkansas
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  09/16/19 - Connor LimpertSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#13 K) + More +

  WEEK 3 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Connor Limpert, PK, Arkansas,...2-of-2 field goal attempts in 55-34 victory over Colorado State...Connected on field goals of 54 & 22 yards...54-yard FG was one yard shy of career-long & is tied for ninth-longest in school history...Involved in every scoring drive of the game (seven extra points, two field goals). - SEC Football

(DS#13 K) Sr/2020 K Connor LimpertArkansas
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  09/14/19 - Feleipe FranksrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-5, 227 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks has been carted off the field with a right leg injury late in the third quarter of the No. 9 Gators' Southeastern Conference game against Kentucky on Saturday night. Franks was scrambling before being stopped for no gain by the Wildcats' Calvin Taylor on a fourth-and-1 play at the Kentucky 38. Team medical personnel came on the field and soon placed an inflatable cast under Franks' right leg before the junior was placed on a cart and taken off for observation. Franks completed 12 of 17 passes for 174 yards and a 15-yard touchdown before the injury. Florida players swarmed around Franks on the cart to offer support before he was taken away to applause from a sold-out crowd at Kroger Field. - AP College Football

(DS#12 QB) rSr/2021 QB Feleipe FranksArkansas
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  09/14/19 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-2, 214 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel, in his first start in a Razorbacks uniform, led his team on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, breaking a 34-all tie and sending Arkansas to a 55-34 win over Colorado State on Saturday. The Razorbacks (2-1) earned their first victory over an FBS opponent this season and only the second in coach Chad Morris' 15 games dating back to last year. Starkel, who transferred from Texas A&M in the offseason, was named quarterback Monday after entering and playing well in the second half of Arkansas' loss to Ole Miss last Saturday. He rewarded Morris' faith, going 20 for 35 for 305 yards with three touchdowns against the Rams.

Starkel completed three straight passes for 12, 17 and 20 yards on the go-ahead drive before Devwah Whaley's 5-yard touchdown run capped it for a 41-34 lead. He then threw a 62-yard touchdown to Cheyenne O'Grady on the ensuing series. Colorado State (1-2) rallied from a 14-point, first half deficit and tied it at 34 when back-up quarterback Patrick O'Brien scrambled and found Dante Wright for a 75-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter. O'Brien entered for starter Collin Hill during the Rams' first drive of the second half when it appeared Hill, who has twice suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, tweaked his leg. Arkansas scored on its first five drives of the game, including two touchdown passes by Starkel. - AP College Football


(DS#23 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelArkansas
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  09/13/19 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-2, 214 (DS#23 QB) + More +

  Nick Starkel spent his first week running practice reps with the Arkansas starters the same way he spent the previous weeks running practice reps with the second unit. For a player in his first year at a new school making his first start at quarterback, Starkel was cool about the change. He has to stay that way Saturday, too, if his Razorbacks have any hope of salvaging the season.

Arkansas (1-1) hosts Colorado State (1-1) in a game that features two teams predicted to finish near the bottom of their respective conferences. A loss for the Razorbacks, however, would make a far bigger ripple - especially after the Rams beat Arkansas a year ago in a stunner that helped ensure the first season for coach Chad Morris at Arkansas would be nothing worth remembering. Starkel shrugged off any notion of pressure. "Everyone in the QB room prepares as if they're the starter," Starkel said. "There's a guy running with the 1s and that's probably who is going to start. But it's really the same preparation for me." The nonchalance was par for the course for Arkansas players all week, but they remember last year's loss. - AP College Football


(DS#23 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelArkansas
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  09/10/19 - Ben HicksrSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-1, 217 (DS#75 QB) + More +

  Nick Starkel has been named Arkansas' starting quarterback. Starkel, a graduate transfer who previously played for Texas A&M, will replace Ben Hicks for Saturday's game against Colorado State. After Hicks struggled Saturday against Mississippi, Starkel stepped in and went 17 for 24 for 201 yards and a touchdown. "It wasn't so much what Ben did or didn't do. It's what Nick did," coach Chad Morris said Monday. "We were looking for a spark, something to get our offense moving, create some momentum, create some yards, give an opportunity for some big plays." Morris' 14-game tenure as Arkansas coach has been pockmarked with problems. He won just two games in his first season with the Razorbacks in 2018 playing three different quarterbacks. - AP College Football

(DS#75 QB) rSr/2020 QB Ben HicksArkansas
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  08/31/19 - Rakeem BoydSr/2021, Arkansas, 5-11, 213 (DS#22 RB) + More +

  Chad Morris was candid when asked about his team's offensive performance in a narrow season-opening 20-13 win against Portland State on Saturday. With 11 new starters on offense following last season's dismal 2-10 effort, the offensive mastermind whose offenses were explosive at both Tulsa and Clemson when he was the country's highest paid offensive coordinator, pulled no punches Saturday. "It was not the performance I wanted to see," Morris said. "Just very disappointed. We never got into a rhythm."

The Razorbacks rushed for 204 yards, which was a bright spot, Morris said. But the combined 18-of-35 passing effort from transfer quarterbacks Ben Hicks and Nick Starkel was well below what Morris envisioned when they joined the program. Junior running back Rakeem Boyd was a bright spot offensively for Arkansas with 114 yards on 18 carries. Boyd's third quarter touchdown, set up by a Jarques McClellion interception, gave Arkansas a little breathing room with a 17-6 lead with 2:20 left in the third quarter. - AP College Football


(DS#22 RB) Sr/2021 RB Rakeem BoydArkansas
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  08/24/19 - Feleipe FranksrSr/2021, Arkansas, 6-5, 227 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Feleipe Franks made up for three inexcusable turnovers by accounting for three touchdowns, doing just enough to help No. 8 Florida beat Miami 24-20 Saturday night in the opening game of the college football season. Franks threw for 254 yards and two scores and ran for another as the Gators won for just the second time in their last nine meetings with the Hurricanes. It was a fairly fitting performance for the junior who has been benched five times in three years.

Franks looked anywhere from good to great, from lost to downright awful. He was clutch one minute, dropping in a perfect pass to Freddie Swain that gained 65 yards and set up the go-ahead score, and looked confused the next, throwing right to a defender for his second interception of the night. Florida's defense bailed Franks out time and time again, finishing with 10 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. - AP College Football


(DS#12 QB) rSr/2021 QB Feleipe FranksArkansas
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  08/21/19 - McTelvin AgimSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-3, 307 (DS#15 DT) + More +

  2020 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Arkansas DE McTelvin Agim,...Agim put together a strong junior campaign for the Razorbacks, racking up 45 total tackles, 16 unassisted, over 12 starts in 2018. He led the team in tackles for loss last year with 10, making him the first Arkansas defender to reach double-digit TFLs since Deatrich Wise Jr. in 2015. - Arkansas Football

(DS#15 DT) Sr/2020 DT McTelvin AgimArkansas
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