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  01/11/23 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas football transfer safety Jalen Catalon committed to Texas. Catalon has battled injuries the past two seasons after earning First Team All-SEC honors in 2020. He has played in seven total games the past two seasons; Catalon played in the 2022 season opener (recording 8 total tackles against Cincinnati) before missing the final 11 games with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Catalon finishes his Arkansas career with 159 total tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and 14 pass defenses in 21 games over four seasons. The native of Masnfield, Texas, listed as a redshirt junior, has two years of eligibility remaining. - SW Times

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  09/13/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  For a second consecutive season, Arkansas must play without its top defensive back in All-SEC safety Jalen Catalon. But as the Razorbacks showed last season in finishing 9-4 and this season in starting 2-0, the secondary has other players it can rely on. Catalon suffered what proved to be a season-ending shoulder injury early in the third quarter in this season's opener against Cincinnati that will require surgery. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  09/06/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Coach Sam Pittman provided no concrete updates on injured defensive backs Myles Slusher and Jalen Catalon on Saturday night. Slusher left the field with his right arm and shoulder being held by training staff after crashing into 6-5, 255-pound tight end Leonard Taylor on a 1-yard loss with 3:21 left in the second quarter. He was replaced by Jayden Johnson and Trent Gordon the rest of the game. Catalon appeared to injure his right shoulder while trying to tackle quarterback Ben Bryant in the backfield early in the third quarter.

The play did not appear to feature hard contact. Catalon came back after a period of tests and observation in the training room with ice on his right shoulder but he later removed it. "I was nervous about him there for a minute," Pittman said of Slusher being down for a while. "But he's going to be fine, just wasn't able to come back today. I don't know about Catalon, to be honest with you. I really don't." Latavious Brini replaced Catalon to join safety Simeon Blair. "To us it was just next man up," Blair said of losing Catalon. "I mean, we do a lot of rotating, so I might be in there with Brini in practice all the time. It's not nothing new to me to play with Brini. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  09/01/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DB - Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...Catalon enters the 2022 campaign as one of the nation's top defensive backs despite missing most of last year due to a season-ending injury. The Mansfield, Texas, native finished eighth on the team in total tackles (46) with 1.5 tackles for loss despite playing in only six games. His four pass breakups tied for third most on the Razorbacks. - Arkansas Football

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  09/01/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 66. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 46 tackles (22 solo), 2 INT. Last year's ranking: NR. A preseason AP All-America selection in 2021, Catalon missed the final seven games with a shoulder injury but still finished eighth on the team in tackles (46). In 2020, he became the first Arkansas defensive back to earn first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches since 2007. He had 99 tackles and three interceptions that fall. - ESPN.com

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  08/04/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, Senior S,...Catalon enters the 2022 campaign as one of the nation's top defensive backs despite missing most of last year due to a season-ending injury. The Mansfield, Texas, native finished eighth on the team in total tackles (46) with 1.5 tackles for loss despite playing in only six games. His four pass breakups tied for third most on the Razorbacks. - Arkansas Football

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  07/29/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: S Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...Catalon enters the 2022 campaign as one of the nation's top defensive backs despite missing most of last year due to a season-ending injury. The Mansfield, Texas, native finished eighth on the team in total tackles (46) with 1.5 tackles for loss despite playing in only six games. His four pass breakups tied for third most on the Razorbacks. - Arkansas Football

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  07/28/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON JIM THORPE AWARD WATCHLIST: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, Jr.,... In 2021 as a redshirt sophomore, Catalon (5-10, 199) was named a Preseason Second-Team All-American by the AP … Earned a spot on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list … Started in the Hogs' first six games before being sidelined by a season-ending injury … Finished eighth on the team in total tackles (46) with 1.5 tackles for loss despite playing in only six games … Four pass breakups on the year, tied for third most on the team… Averaged 9.9 tackles per game, ranking tied for the FBS freshman lead and fourth among all SEC defenders … Only FBS freshman to post 95+ tackles and at least three interceptions during the regular season … First SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry (2007) to post at least 86 tackles with three picks … First SEC freshman since 2012 to record 70+ tackles with three or more interceptions . - Arkansas Football

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  07/25/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas has been picked to finish third in the SEC West in 2022 by media members who cover the conference. The Razorbacks are slotted to finish behind projected division and overall conference champion Alabama and Texas A&M in a poll released Friday at SEC Media Days in Atlanta. They are expected to finish ahead of Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, respectively. "We don't want to repeat last year," Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon said this week. "We want to be better. Like I said, last year was a great year, but I always say to the team that last year was last year. It's 2022. "Now it's a new year. Everybody is looking to start off right and try to make it to the top."

The league's media predicted the Razorbacks to finish sixth last year. They went 9-4 overall, capping the season with a victory in the Outback Bowl, and 4-4 in SEC play to secure third in the division behind the Crimson Tide and Rebels. In 2020, Sam Pittman's first season leading Arkansas, the Razorbacks were picked last in the SEC West for the third consecutive year. "I've been a part of teams that have been 2-10," Arkansas linebacker Bumper Pool said this week. "After last season things completely changed, but it wasn't an overnight success. There's a lot of work that goes into it. "You talk about repeating (our) success, well, the work is what ultimately can determine the wins and losses. This team is extremely hard working." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  07/03/22 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon is itching to get back on the football field on Saturdays this fall. Last October, Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman announced after the team's home loss to Auburn that the captain would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. He added that Catalon had been playing with "a tear" in the shoulder and a broken hand. An All-SEC selection in 2020, Catalon was a regular participant in Arkansas' spring drills this year, but routinely wore a green no-contact jersey as a precaution. There should be little-to-no caution tape on the leader of the Razorbacks' secondary this fall. And he is eager to re-announce his arrival on the scene.

"For me, it's just putting myself back on the map," Catalon said June 21 at the Old Spice School of Swagger youth football camp on Arkansas' campus. "I'd say with being injured and stuff, a lot of people just kind of write you off, or people have little different narratives. "I supported my team, and through the process of it all it's been great." Despite playing in only six games last fall, Catalon finished eighth on the team with 46 tackles. He, too, was tied for second with a pair of interceptions - both in the season opener against Rice - that resulted in 83 return yards. Catalon had nine-plus tackles in three games, including 11 vs. Rice, and showcased his versatility by adding 1.5 tackles for loss. His all-out style of play has led to production and accolades, and injury. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  12/17/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Safety Jalen Catalon will return to Arkansas for the 2022 season. Catalon, a third-year sophomore who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in October, announced his return in a video he narrated that was posted to his social media accounts Tuesday. Catalon starred during the Razorbacks' 4-0 start to the season. He had 11 tackles and a pair of interceptions that set up touchdowns during the season-opening win over Rice, and combined for 17 tackles and 3 pass breakups in the following games against Texas and Georgia Southern.

Catalon had 99 tackles and 3 interceptions during his first full season playing for the Razorbacks in 2020 when he was a Freshman All-American and semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. Catalon, one of five team captains this season, is the third draft-eligible starter to announce his intention to return to Arkansas next season. Offensive linemen Ricky Stromberg and Dalton Wagner have said they will return for their fourth and sixth seasons, respectively. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  09/07/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Safety Jalen Catalon had 83 return yards on his two interceptions against Rice, the most for a Razorback in a game since Rohan Gaines brought back a pick 100 yards for a touchdown in a 30-0 win over Ole Miss on Nov. 22, 2014. Arkansas has 16 interceptions in 11 games with Barry Odom serving as defensive coordinator, the fourth most in the FBS in that span. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  08/26/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  University of Arkansas redshirt sophomore safety Jalen Catalon was on the second-team defense for The Associated Press All-American preseason teams announced Monday. Catalon had 99 tackles and three interceptions last season when he was a first-team choice on the AP's All-SEC team. He is the only Razorback on AP's two preseason teams. "Honestly, it's a blessing and I'm glad they picked me to be on it," Catalon said after Monday's practice while crediting his teammates and coaches. "But I'm not really going to pay too much mind to it. Just going to keep my eyes focused on the goal, and that's winning games and doing anything I can to make the team better."

Catalon is one of 18 SEC players on the preseason teams from among nine SEC teams. "I think every conference has good football players," Catalon said. "It doesn't matter where you go. "But just from me, I might just be biased from playing in it, but as far as the SEC goes, every week you're going to play somebody that's a top guy when it comes to being drafted. You're always going to have consistent players, ones that are going to be top guys. That definitely shows based on that list itself." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  07/26/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas football is picked to finish sixth in the SEC West in 2021. The SEC released a media poll Friday that had the Razorbacks ahead of Mississippi State but well behind fifth-place Auburn. Arkansas received 241 voting points in the poll, 24 more than the Bulldogs. Voting points are based on where a team is projected to finish, with more points awarded to teams that are placed higher on ballots.

Arkansas enters this fall coming off of a 3-7 season under first-year coach Sam Pittman. The Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State 21-14 on the road to snap a 20-game SEC losing streak, and Ole Miss and Tennessee at home behind impressive defensive performances. Alabama is an overwhelming favorite to win the SEC West, garnering 130 first-place votes. Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas each received one first-place vote. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  04/09/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  After putting together the kind of season that has come along only once over the last decade-plus, Jalen Catalon had one thing on his mind during the offseason. That was to become a more consistent player, he said Tuesday following Arkansas' 10th practice of the spring. Despite being the first SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2007 to finish with at least 86 tackles and three interceptions, he's driven to be better. He totaled 99 tackles, broke up 4 passes and forced 2 fumbles although he missed the equivalent of one game in a 10-game All-SEC schedule due to targeting disqualifications.

Catalon, too, was a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, the first Razorback to earn the nod since Dre Greenlaw in 2015. But he has continued to work as if he was snubbed by voters. "I feel like I led more just by the way I play, but I realized that people pick up off my energy, and I feel like my words hold power to our defense and they listen," Catalon said. "I'm trying to be more of a leader as far as like me communicating that and showing my actions, and just being a consistent player to help my defense. "I feel like I made a lot of plays, but there were also a lot of plays I left out there last year in watching film with my coach this past year." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  01/19/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  University of Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon capped off an outstanding season on Monday by being named to the first-team Freshman All-American unit selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Catalon, a redshirt freshman from Mansfield, Texas, is the first Razorback voted onto the FWAA Freshman All-America team since linebacker Dre Greenlaw in 2015. The 5-10, 189-pounder racked up 99 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles despite missing the equivalent of one game in the Razorbacks' all-SEC schedule. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  12/28/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...The dynamic defensive back leads all FBS freshmen with 99 total tackles while also posting 2.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His 9.9 tackles per game lead all FBS freshmen and rank fourth among all SEC players. He made a career-best 16 tackles against LSU, and totaled five games of 12 or more tackles, second in the country behind Morgan. - Arkansas Football

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  12/28/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...Catalon becomes the first Arkansas DB since Tramain Thomas in 2010 to earn All-SEC recognition and is the first DB to earn the honor from the league's coaches since Michael Grant in 2007. Catalon is the only player in the FBS to make 95+ tackles with three interceptions this season and is the first SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2007 to have at least 86 stops and three picks. - Arkansas Football

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  12/07/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  2020 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, R-Freshman,...Catalon leads all FBS freshmen with 89 total tackles and 48 solo tackles while adding 2.0 tackles for loss, four passes broken up, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. He is the only player in the country to have 85 or more tackles and three interceptions this season and become the first Razorback to pick off a pass in back-to-back games since at least 1997. His three total interceptions are tied for second-most in the SEC. Catalon returned his first career interception 35 yards for a touchdown in Arkansas' 33-21 win over Ole Miss. - Arkansas Football

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  11/26/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Coach Sam Pittman took issue on social media Monday when he felt an Arkansas fan seemed to suggest he wasn't taking up for safety Jalen Catalon, who was ejected on a controversial targeting penalty in the second half against LSU. The Tigers completed a touchdown drive eight plays after Catalon's ejection to take a 27-24 lead that would hold up. Someone who identified himself as an Arkansas fan had this to say in response to a media member's Twitter post quoting Pittman as saying Catalon would have to miss the first half and there was no way to overturn the ruling: "I get it Coach Pittman is a great guy but sometimes for the long term betterment for your program you got to stand up and call it/who for what it is!"

Pittman did not like what he felt was the implied meaning of the post, that he felt Pittman wasn't standing up for Catalon by not calling out the SEC. "Twitter gives guys like you opportunities to set behind a cell phone and tweet out random things that you have NO idea what you're talking about," Pittman replied. "I can take a lot of remarks but for you to say I don't take up for my players is as far from being correct as you possibly can be." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  11/21/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Safety Jalen Catalon's reputation as a hard-striking defender is growing. It's an issue receivers who cross the middle of the field must be aware of when preparing for the Razorbacks. Catalon, who has 10 first-half tackles in each of the past two games, delivered a hit on Florida's Trent Whittemore in the first half that sent the 6-4, 208-pound freshman out of the game. The Athletic reported on Monday that Whittemore suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung in the game. In the second half, Justin Shorter dropped a pass over the middle after a huge shoulder-led shot by Catalon that popped the wideout's helmet off. Shorter acted strangely after the big hit, walking behind the Gators' line of scrimmage toward their sideline with no helmet and needing a minute to compose himself as the game was paused. Shorter returned a few plays later. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  11/09/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  NOV 9 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jalen Catalon, DB, Arkansas,...Made 12 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble in Arkansas' win over Tennessee...Registered 10 tackles in the first quarter...Intercepted his second pass of the year in the end zone on Tennessee's last offensive play, sealing the Razorbacks' third win of the season...Part of a defense that limited Tennessee to 107 passing yards, the Vols' lowest since 2017 against Alabama (44 yards)...For the season, is the only FBS freshman to have 50+ tackles (58) and multiple interceptions (2)...Since 2000, has the most tackles by any SEC freshman in the season's first six games. - SEC Football

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  11/06/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Big hits from Catalon have occurred on nearly a weekly basis. Tone-setting type hits from the big-bodied safety against Georgia and Ole Miss certainly stand out. A jarring hit freed a would-be completion at Auburn, too. But he perhaps goes for the body blow too much for Pittman's liking. "He's going to have to slow down and wrap up a little bit every now and then," Pittman said. "He'll miss some tackles that certainly he wanted to make. But you don't want to take that physicality away from him because he'll also kind of knock you out. "We'd like to keep the knockout part and maybe wrap up a little bit more."

Pittman reiterated, though, that Catalon - third on the team with 46 tackles, including a team-high 30 solos - is the most important player in the back end of the Razorbacks' defense. He will play a vital role for Arkansas against Tennessee as it looks to win its second consecutive home game Saturday. The Razorbacks have not won back-to-back SEC home games since 2016. "He's aware of what teams are doing because he watches a tremendous amount of film," Pittman said. "So does the whole secondary back there, but very, very, very valuable to our football team as a young man and as a player. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/23/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Jalen Catalon saw nothing but green grass in front of him. Well, green grass and Matt Corral. But the redshirt freshman made quick work of the Ole Miss quarterback, slipping past his half-hearted attempt at a tackle and cruising into the end zone for a tone-setting touchdown. A native of Mansfield, Texas, Catalon returned his first career interception for a 35-yard score that put the Razorbacks up 17-0 over the Rebels early in the second quarter Saturday. For Corral, who entered Week 4 with only one pick to his name, it was his second interception in as many attempts. "We were just in a zone coverage, just reading the quarterback and he rolled out and I read his eyes," Catalon said Tuesday, recalling the sequence. "I just broke on the ball and made the play and had my eyes on the end zone and took it home from there. It was a great feeling.

"I credit my D-line because without them all the interceptions that happened that day wouldn't have happened, so credit to those guys and everybody else who did their job. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I made the play." Catalon made the play because that is what he knows to do. Razorbacks linebacker Grant Morgan labeled the safety a technician. "Linebackers have a joke about him," Morgan noted. "We call him Ironman because we always know he's going to be able to make us right if we mess up. Just be able to have that at that time of the game just shows that no matter what happened we were able to capitalize on their mistakes and we were just able to play our defense. "We kept saying the whole game who is going to be the guy to make the play? Who is going to be the guy that does their job so good that it ends up making the difference in the game?" - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/21/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Chad Morris called Jalen Catalon "one of the top five high school players" he ever saw. Turns out the former unsuccessful Arkansas Razorbacks coach now Auburn offensive coordinator successfully recruited perhaps one of the best safeties that Arkansas has ever seen. Umpteen chapters remain before archiving Catalon's place in Razorbacks history, but four games into 2020 the redshirt freshman from Mansfield, Texas posts a season reminiscent of past Razorbacks great safeties Steve Atwater, a NFL Hall of Famer, Kenoy Kennedy, and All-Americans Ken Hamlin and the late Martine Bercher. For first-year Coach Sam Pittman's Razorbacks, 2-2 after thwarting Ole Miss, 33-21 Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Catalon already has made 45 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, broken up two passes and intercepted one returned for a 35-yard touchdown.

Call Catalon a catalyst. A catalyst in Pittman and first-year defensive coordinator/safeties coach Barry Odom converting the pathetically porous 2018 and 2019 Arkansas defenses on consecutive 2-10 overall/0-8 in the SEC teams under Morris and defensive coordinator John Chavis into earning 2020 national renown. Catalon the catalyst takes it from there. Tangibly and intangibly. Catalon's excelling every game stats speak tangibly. Intangibly, though respectively UA arriving the same year and just one year later, redshirt freshman walk-on starting cornerback Hunter Clark with three interceptions against Ole Miss, and true freshman starting cornerback Khari Johnson look to Catalon like a veteran senior. "Man he does everything!" Clark said during Saturday's postgame. "He took me and Khari under his wing this week. He took us into watch film. He's been a real leader for this defense." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/18/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon and linebacker Drew Morgan each had interception returns for touchdowns. Catalon's 35-yard return gave Arkansas a 17-0 lead with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Morgan's 23-yard return with 3:07 left put the Razorbacks ahead 33-21. Arkansas has three interception returns for touchdowns this season, including Greg Brooks' 69-yarder at Mississippi State. It's the first time the Razorbacks have had three interception returns for touchdowns in a season since 2016 when Ryan Pulley against Texas State, Henre Toliver against Alcorn State and Santos Ramirez against Florida did it. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  10/15/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Jalen Catalon, a redshirt freshman safety, led the Razorbacks with 14 tackles at Auburn. He's tied for the team lead with linebacker Bumper Pool with 36 tackles and leads with 26 solo stops. Linebacker Grant Morgan is third with 33 tackles and defensive end Zach Williams is fourth with 17. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  08/20/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSr/2025, UNLV, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Arkansas redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Catalon is going to miss some practice time after having a procedure to repair meniscus on a knee, sources told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Catalon is expected to miss about four weeks following the procedure. The 5-10, 189-pounder from Mansfield, Texas, was one of the top signees in the Razorbacks' 2019 signing class. He is expected to compete for playing time at safety. Catalon had major knee surgery as a prep senior at Mansfield Legacy High and needed shoulder surgery late in his redshirt season at Arkansas last year. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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