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  Linebacker Bumper Pool touted the adaptability of Drew Sanders, who transferred from Alabama over the winter. "What we're asking of Drew, we're not asking a lot of other guys to do," Pool said. "He's going down and rushing the passer off the edge and also coming back with me and playing a standup linebacker. His skill set is so versatile that whenever he makes a mistake doing something he gets - not down on himself - but he wants to be a perfectionist. "So just continuing to tell him, 'Hey, listen. You're doing so many good things. You don't need to get down on yourself because there's a certain mistake that you make having to go back from on the edge to back to linebacker.' But he's picking it up well." - Northwest Arkansas Times

Jr/2024 OLB Drew SandersArkansas
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  A prime candidate to take on reps behind Arkansas' vets is Chris "Pooh" Paul, a redshirt freshman from Cordele, Ga., who stands 6-1 and 232 pounds. He appeared in four games last season, including the Outback Bowl victory over Penn State and home finale against Missouri. Paul enters 2022 with one career tackle to his credit, but all indications are that he can be an essential helping hand. "Chris Paul's ceiling is extremely high - extremely high," Scherer said. "He's a very, very, very good football player. Chris Paul, it's all about maturity with him. It's all about maturity, being disciplined and doing things right when you're supposed to do them. "He's gradually getting there. With him, it's not a mental thing at all. It's a mental toughness thing, the play-after-play, 'Can I refocus and not worry about what happened the last play? Maybe I did something wrong. Who cares? It doesn't matter anymore.' "It's the maturity that when Chris Paul develops that on a consistent basis, he's getting better."

Scherer said Paul was a sponge in meeting rooms and on the practice field when around Grant Morgan, Hayden Henry and Pool. Paul concurred, adding he learned valuable lessons, tips and tricks by simply being attentive behind the scenes. The strides he made last season led to improved confidence in the spring. And that in turn has placed him in a position to have an opportunity to produce. "Chris being able to sit in the back of that room and watch those three guys, he might come up here and say I had something to do with it," Scherer said. "I had nothing to do with it. He sat there and watched what those guys do and tried to emulate it. - Northwest Arkansas Times


rFr/2026 ILB Chris Paul Jr.Arkansas
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  Arkansas freshman receiver Isaiah Sategna appears to be acclimating quickly to college football. Coach Sam Pittman alluded to Sategna's play on multiple occasions during a meeting with reporters following the Razorbacks' first practice in full pads Thursday. Pittman included Sategna as one of multiple receivers who are producing in practice. "Isaiah Sategna is going to be a good player," Pittman said. "I don't know when, but it could be (the Sept. 3 season opener) against Cincinnati, it could be next year - I don't know. But he's done a really good job." Pittman indicated Sategna caught a touchdown during team drills Thursday.

During another point in individual work, he showed good balance to keep his feet inbounds as he hauled in a back-shoulder pass in front of a pylon - a catch that earned an attaboy from his position coach, Kenny Guiton. Sategna, a 5-11, 173-pound slot receiver caught 100 passes for 1,908 yards and 17 touchdowns last season at Fayetteville High School. His yardage total was best among all high school receivers in the nation. Unlike most of his classmates, Sategna did not go through spring practice earlier this year. He opted instead to run track and won state championships in the long jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. - Northwest Arkansas Times


Fr/2026 WR Isaiah SategnaArkansas
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  Defensive tackle Marcus Miller is out of practice to have an arthroscopic knee procedure, dropping the 6-5, 286-pound junior from Warren off the 110-man camp roster. Logan Horst, a 6-4, 255-pound senior transfer from Nebraska Wesleyan, was added to fill his spot. Coach Sam Pittman sounded confident Miller, who was off to a good start, would return fairly soon. "It is disappointing because he works so hard and he was doing well," Pittman said. "But you're looking at a, I believe, and I mean this, I believe that he'll be back no later than when school starts. "So I think he'll have two weeks before the Cincinnati game. He had a little clean-out in his knee and that was it. Marcus had been having a good 3-4 days. He's got a good attitude that serves him well, so I anticipate him being back probably the first day of school." - Northwest Arkansas Times

rJr/2024 DT Marcus MillerArkansas
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  Isaiah Sategna is confident he will continue to compete in football and track and field at a high level at the University of Arkansas - and beyond - just as he did at Fayetteville High School. "My goal is to be in the Olympics and play in the NFL," Sategna said. "I do feel that's pretty realistic." Sategna, 5-11 and 175 pounds, is a freshman receiver for the Razorbacks and signed his football scholarship with the understanding he also could be on the track and field team. "Everybody would have had to share him," said Sam Pittman, going into his third season as Arkansas' football coach. "Or he just would not have been interested in your school. "We certainly didn't have a problem with that. We want him to be great at whatever he's willing to work for. He does want to do track. He should. "We'll be able to go over there and watch him run and watch him jump and watch him run the hurdles. We're all for him, and the biggest reason is he's on our football team. We wanted him." Last season Sategna had 100 catches for 1,908 yards and 17 touchdowns to help Fayetteville reach the Class 7A state championship game, where Bryant beat the Bulldogs 42-38. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  A starting safety on Georgia's national championship team, Brini (6-foot, 210) is expected to move right into the lineup for the Razorbacks next to returning standout Jalen Catalon. He's also reunited with Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman, formerly the offensive line coach and ace recruiter at Georgia. Brini - who has one season of eligibility remaining - played in 13 games and started 11 for the Bulldogs last season, totaling 38 tackles and eight pass breakups. - Birmingham News

rSr/2023 SS Latavious BriniArkansas
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  Sophomore wide receiver Ketron Jackson Jr. said his knee is feeling better, he's more comfortable in the offense and on the field and he's ready to break out this fall, with thanks to position coach Kenny Guiton. "I feel like Coach Guiton was a big part in that because I had the raw talent, but he helped with all my techniques and stuff, small details, building every day," Jackson said. "And I stayed consistent with all that and it's showing a little bit." Junior receiver Jadon Haselwood said Jackson is becoming more vocal, while senior Warren Thompson leads more by his actions. "Ketron's one of those guys who kind of will speak up," Haselwood said. "Matt [Landers] sometimes. With the Warren situation, you know, Warren, he's gonna do what he do. "He kind of leads by example. Great, great guy though. He's just quiet. It's just not his personality. He's gonna go out there and do what he's got to do." - Northwest Arkansas Times

So/2025 WR Ketron Jackson Jr.Arkansas
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  A top 5 national recruit and the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2019 class, Haselwood was productive but not dominant in three seasons with the Sooners. He totaled 62 receptions for 736 yards and seven touchdowns at Oklahoma, missing half the 2020 season due to injury. Haselwood (6-3, 202) steps out of the portal and into the Razorbacks' No. 1 receiver spot vacated by Treylon Burks, a first-round pick of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. - Birmingham News

rJr/2024 WR Jadon HaselwoodArkansas
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  Arkansas cornerbacks Malik Chavis and Hudson Clark said wide receiver Matt Landers, a senior transfer from Toledo who began his college career at Georgia, has been tough to defend. "Speed, speed," Chavis said when asked what's impressive about Landers. "He can run and he can catch. So the deep ball, the 50-50 ball, yeah, I like Matt." Clark said Landers, at 6-5, 197 pounds, does a good job of getting open. "He can create a lot of separation," Clark said. "He's got pretty big strides. He's definitely a new type of receiver we've seen this fall camp. He's been good for us." Landers had 20 receptions for 514 yards, a 25.7-yard average, and 5 touchdowns in 12 games last season. - Northwest Arkansas Times

rSr/2023 WR Matt LandersArkansas
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  08/11/22 - Trey KnoxSr/2023, Arkansas + More +

  Tight ends coach Dowell Loggains, a former NFL offensive coordinator, said Trey Knox's move to tight end enhances his opportunity to play professionally. "Trey, who is a good special teams player, understands the value now of why that's important, why it's important for when scouts show up," Loggains said. 'They see him doing these drills, because they're going to want to know [if he can play on special teams]. "It's a 53-man roster, not 85 scholarship plus, oh, 110. It's 53 plus 10 on the practice squad, so now your special teams value is more important than it's ever been. And if you can play tight end at his size and move like he does and show special teams value, it obviously increases your NFL value." - Northwest Arkansas Times

Sr/2023 TE Trey KnoxArkansas
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  Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said Friday after the Razorbacks' first workout of the preseason that tight end Hudson Henry did not finish the practice. Henry, entering his redshirt junior season at Arkansas, was transparent Sunday as to why. He said he suffers from asthma and was having a difficult time breathing in the humid August heat. "That first day I was struggling a lot with some breathing problems," Henry said. "That was kind of a challenge." In the Razorbacks' two practices since, he has had no issues. Henry said he was able to finish the second and third practices and contribute. It was the kind of response tight ends coach Dowell Loggains expected. A quarterback at Arkansas from 2000-04, Loggains is in his second season as an assistant under Pittman.

He spent 2015-20 as an offensive coordinator with three NFL franchises. "(I saw the) same response I'd expect from any of our tight ends, and that's to come in and do your job," Loggains said. "Football is hard, and everything is earned. We had an issue physically with him that he has overcome and done a nice job. I can honestly tell you this, and this isn't coach talk or me trying to sit up here and trying to make something ... This kid honestly cares about the team more than himself. "That doesn't happen much in this world in this time in the age of instant gratification on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and all that stuff. He legitimately wants to do what is best for the team, be a good teammate and serve in any role he can find that helps the football team." The former No. 1 tight end in his recruiting class, Henry to this point has not had the career many, including himself, thought he would have. He has dealt with adversity on numerous occasions and battled various injuries. - Northwest Arkansas Times


rJr/2024 TE Hudson HenryArkansas
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  08/10/22 - Trey KnoxSr/2023, Arkansas + More +

  Tre Knox, who as a freshman in 2019 had 28 receptions for 385 yards, understood he could help himself and the team by playing tight end, where the Razorbacks lacked depth. That doesn't mean the move was easy. "Last year was definitely hard," Knox said. "Not being able to learn the little nuances of playing the position, of course, because you don't have enough time to sit and really be coached on details when you're getting ready for an opponent." Knox said by going through spring practice and summer workouts he's learned more about how to block defensive ends and improved his footwork and hand placement so he can strike more effectively. "Just all the little details that make you so much better than just playing with raw strength and playing off of athleticism," he said.

Adjustments aside, the move worked out well for Knox as he became a reliable receiver for quarterback KJ Jefferson, especially in two-minute drill situations, and had 20 catches for 141 yards. "Trey comes in with a different skill set at the tight end position," Jefferson said. "I don't call him a tight end necessarily. I call him a flex-tight end because we can still put Trey out there at wide receiver and just let him play. That's his background." Jefferson said Knox creates mismatch problems for linebackers trying to cover him. "Relying on Trey, it's truly just confidence," Jefferson said. "I know he's going to be in the right spot at the right time. I know he's going to run his route. "We're able to have chemistry in those crunch situations." - Northwest Arkansas Times


Sr/2023 TE Trey KnoxArkansas
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  Arkansas is ranked 23rd in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll that was released Monday. It is the first time the Razorbacks have been ranked in the preseason poll since 2015, when coaches ranked Arkansas No. 20 to open the season. The Razorbacks finished that season unranked following an 8-5 overall record, 5-3 record in SEC play and victory over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Arkansas will open the season against Cincinnati, which is ranked No. 22 by coaches. The season-opening game in Fayetteville will be one of three Week 1 matchups involving a pair of ranked teams in the coaches poll, along with No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State, and No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 12 Oregon in Atlanta. The Associated Press preseason poll will be released sometime later this month. The AP poll is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's poll of record until the College Football Playoff rankings are released in late October. - Northwest Arkansas Times

rSr/2023 ILB Bumper PoolArkansas
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  The Razorbacks will have a couple of key names either limited or largely unavailable when preseason practices begin. Defensive lineman Taurean Carter, one of the top all-around performers until the final stages of spring drills, will likely miss camp as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the Razorbacks' spring showcase on April 16. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported he had surgery on the knee early in the summer.

Prior to his injury, Carter was expected to be one of the mainstays and leaders of Arkansas' interior defensive line. He had 24 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack last season, but emerged as a potential top playmaker throughout the spring. "TC will be in camp...but that doesn't mean that he's going to be active in camp," Pittman said. "But we felt like it was important that he come into camp, be a part of the team, be a part of the meetings, be a part of practice. "Not that he's going to be able to practice, yet. But we felt like that was important." - Northwest Arkansas Times


rJr/2024 DT Taurean CarterArkansas
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  Arkansas running back Raheim Sanders has officially been listed as the Razorbacks' No.1 running back, Pig Trail Nation reported Wednesday. After a dominant spring, the team's coach Sam Pittman has declared Sanders as the top running back on the Arkansas roster. He was third on the team last year in rushing yards, but with Trelon Smith's departure from the team and Dominique Johnson still recovering from an undisclosed injury, Sanders was able to claim the RB1 spot. - Pig Trail Nation

So/2025 RB Raheim SandersArkansas
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