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  09/16/19 - Connor LimpertSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-0, 175 (DS#9 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#9 K) Sr/2020 K Connor LimpertArkansas
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  09/14/19 - Nick StarkelrJr/2021, Arkansas, 6-2, 218 (DS#15 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#15 QB) rJr/2021 QB Nick StarkelArkansas
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  09/14/19 - Nick StarkelrJr/2021, Arkansas, 6-2, 218 (DS#15 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#15 QB) rJr/2021 QB Nick StarkelArkansas
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  09/10/19 - Ben HicksrSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-1, 214 (DS#26 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#26 QB) rSr/2020 QB Ben HicksArkansas
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  08/31/19 - Rakeem BoydJr/2021, Arkansas, 5-11, 200 (DS#45 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#45 RB) Jr/2021 RB Rakeem BoydArkansas
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  08/21/19 - McTelvin AgimSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-2, 279 (DS#7 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#7 DT) Sr/2020 DT McTelvin AgimArkansas
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  08/19/19 - Deon StewartrSr/2020, Arkansas, 5-11, 162 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Throughout fall camp, the Arkansas coaching staff has emphasized the need for freshmen wide receivers to step up. Now, the need becomes more critical with reports of the loss of fifth-year veteran Deon Stewart. Stewart tore his ACL in the Razorbacks' second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday and is expect to miss the entirety of the 2019 season. Stewart tweeted out Saturday night hinting that the injury may be worse than originally expected. Last year, Stewart caught 22 passes for 178 yards. He also made an impact on special teams, returning nine punts for 91 yards. - TV5 News, Arkansas

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2020 WR Deon StewartArkansas
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  08/18/19 - DeJon HarrisSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-0, 245 (DS#9 ILB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas,...From Harvey, Louisiana, Harris led all conference defenders in total tackles and solo stops during the regular season last year, posting 118 and 62, respectively. It marked back-to-back years Harris has paced the Razorbacks in total tackles, recording 115 the year before. He was the first Arkansas defender since Jerry Franklin (2010-11) to hit 100 tackles in consecutive seasons.

Seven of his 12 games resulted in double-digit tackle performances last season, the most in the SEC, including five during conference action. He finished the year needing 15 tackles to crack the top 10 for most stops in a single season by an Arkansas defender. Harris also recorded nine tackles for loss, including two sacks, with five pass breakups, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered last season. - Arkansas Football


(DS#9 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB DeJon HarrisArkansas
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  08/18/19 - McTelvin AgimSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-2, 279 (DS#7 DT) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: DL McTelvin Agim, Arkansas,...Agim, a native of Texarkana, Arkansas, 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.

Nearly half of his tackles for loss were sacks (4.5), as he’ll enter the season as Arkansas’ active career leader in both categories. Agim also forced a team-best three fumbles in 2018, including two at Colorado State on Sept. 8 to make him the only Razorback on the roster to force multiple fumbles in two separate games heading into the 2019 campaign. - Arkansas Football


(DS#7 DT) Sr/2020 DT McTelvin AgimArkansas
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  08/18/19 - Kamren CurlJr/2021, Arkansas, 6-1, 201 (DS#15 SS) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: DB Kamren Curl, Arkansas,...Curl, from San Diego, California, started all 11 games he played in for the Razorbacks at strong safety during the 2018 season. He finished fourth on the team with 53 tackles, including 27 solo, with five pass breakups and a forced fumble during non-conference action. He racked up at least three tackles in all 11 games, with five or more stops coming in six contests, five of those during SEC play. Curl posted a season-high nine total tackles on Sept. 22 at Auburn, which featured four solo stops. - Arkansas Football

(DS#15 SS) Jr/2021 SS Kamren CurlArkansas
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  08/15/19 - DeJon HarrisSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-0, 245 (DS#9 ILB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FOURTH TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: De'Jon Harris, Arkansas, Sr.,...Harris led all conference defenders in total tackles and solo stops during the regular season last year, posting 118 and 62, respectively. It marked back-to-back years Harris has paced the Razorbacks in total tackles, recording 115 the year before. He was the first Arkansas defender since Jerry Franklin (2010-11) to hit 100 tackles in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas Football

(DS#9 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB DeJon HarrisArkansas
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  08/12/19 - Rakeem BoydJr/2021, Arkansas, 5-11, 200 (DS#45 RB) + More +

  Rakeem Boyd was unable to lift his left arm above his head when he arrived at Arkansas for preseason camp last year. But despite the bum shoulder and playing catch-up with the playbook for a chunk of the schedule, Boyd put together a solid season, one that sparked a great deal of excitement among coaches and fans as he enters his junior year. He averaged six yards per touch on a team-best 123 carries and ran for at least 99 yards in consecutive games against Alabama, Ole Miss, Tulsa and Vanderbilt last October. He became the first Razorbacks running back to top 100 yards against the Crimson Tide since Darren McFadden in 2007 - with McFadden in attendance.

Boyd also caught 23 passes out of the backfield, serving as a safety valve for Arkansas quarterbacks Ty Storey and Cole Kelley. Now, with one year in Chad Morris' system under his belt, he's grown much more comfortable and proficient within the offense. "My knowledge (of the playbook) has been really good," Boyd said Monday following the Razorbacks' ninth practice of the preseason. "I've paid attention to detail and really got in the playbook a little bit, and started watching a little film with my linemen. "I kind of like them to critique me every time I run the ball or make a pass play, or scan the defense. I've got a little bit better at it. Last year I just came in and wasn't ready to focus in. Now I'm just locked in." - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#45 RB) Jr/2021 RB Rakeem BoydArkansas
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  08/12/19 - Chase HarrellrSr/2020, Arkansas, 6-3, 249 (DS#43 TE) + More +

  Harrell, who went from 220 to 251 pounds in the offseason and is now at 245 pounds, has a sense of urgency with this being his last season of college football. He will also become a father next month. "I've got to think of why I'm doing what I'm doing," Harrell said. " I actually have a child on the way. He's due in September. He's due the third game. Whenever it was hard I would hone in and realize what I'm doing it for. In order to be successful at this position you have to be an effective blocker and effective in the passing game, so I was really gaining weight for that."

Harrell, who had 30 catches for 302 yards and five touchdowns at Kansas, played in 10 games last season for the Razorbacks. He played 120 snaps with 58 coming at wide receiver. He had four catches for 60 yards in the season opener, but did not have a reception in the other nine games. He thought maybe a position change would be to his benefit. Harrell approached Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., near the end of the season about a possible position change. "I mentioned it to Coach Lunney with like two weeks left in the season," Harrell said. "I was like, 'Hey, you want me to put my hand in the dirt?' I was just kidding, but I guess they picked up on it and they wanted me to switch. After that he told me to just think about it. Then like two days later I was like, "Yeah, coach, I want to switch." - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#43 TE) rSr/2020 TE Chase HarrellArkansas
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Harrell was listed as a WR coming out of Spring, also 215 pounds...so he put on 30 LBs. He was just adjusted and moved to TE. Arkansas will be in the first batch of Fall team cross checks starting next week with the SEC and the opening game rosters/depth charts. (Miami/Florida, etc)

  08/10/19 - Eric GregoryFr/2023, Arkansas, 6-3, 270 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  University of Arkansas freshman defensive end Eric Gregory is expected to miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a high ankle sprain on Friday. Gregory suffered the injury earlier this week and was spotted at Thursday' practice wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Gregory is an early enrollee from Memphis via the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Gregory, 6-4, 275 pounds, performed well in spring drills and had a couple of "sacks" in the Red-White game. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#999 DE) Fr/2023 DE Eric GregoryArkansas
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  08/09/19 - Mataio SoliFr/2023, Arkansas, 6-3, 230 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Johnny White saw firsthand what defensive end Mataio Soli is capable of last fall. As a junior at Douglas County High School in Georgia, Soli finished with 70 tackles and 18 sacks. Remarkably, his numbers were even better the following year, totaling 84 tackles and 22.5 sacks, including an 8.5-sack performance in a game in late August. White, Soli's high school coach, is now expecting big things from him at Arkansas.

"I think he's going to be a special talent," White told WholeHogSports in February. "The way that boy eats and the weight he's going to put on and the way he's going to work, he's going to refuse to not be on the field. He's going to find a way on the field. "I'm really expecting to see him playing on Sundays in the next 3-4 years. He's going to take all of that in (by enrolling early) and he's going to do everything in his power to get on the field." - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#999 DE) Fr/2023 DE Mataio SoliArkansas
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