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  NOV 21 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Raheim Sanders, RB, Arkansas,...The sophomore turned in a breakout performance in Arkansas' 42-27 win over No. 14 Ole Miss Saturday, compiling career highs in rushing yards with 232 on 24 carries (9.7 yards per touch) and touchdowns with three. Sanders also snared a career high five receptions for 29 yards...Sanders became the second Razorback in the last 25 seasons to tally 200 rushing yards and three rushing scores against a ranked opponent, joining former Hog RB Darren McFadden...Sanders became the program record holder for most rushing yards in a game against Ole Miss, surpassing RB Fred Talley's 214 rushing yards against Ole Miss in 2000...In his dominant performance against the Rebels, Sanders became just the third SEC player since 2000 to rush for 200 yards and record at least five receptions in a game...Scored touchdowns on runs of 68, 20 and 8 yards...Had five carries for 20+ yards against Ole Miss...Has totaled 100+ yards on the ground in seven games this season. - SEC Football

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  NOV 21 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas,...Led Arkansas' defense in the Razorbacks' 42-27 win over No. 14 Ole Miss, logging his sixth double-digit tackle game of the season with 10 stops, one interception, one fumble recovery and 0.5 tackle for loss...Became the third Arkansas player this season to intercept a pass and recover a fumble in a game...Finishing with 0.5 tackle for loss in the victory, Sanders' 12.5 tackles for loss this season are the most by a Hog defender since LB Alonzo Highsmith totaled 12.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Sanders has recorded a tackle for loss in three consecutive games...Came up with a crucial interception with 1:07 remaining in the second quarter, picking off an Ole Miss pass at Arkansas' own 39-yard line and returning it for 13 yards to the Ole Miss 48 and allow the Razorback offense to string together a touchdown drive to take a 35-6 lead into half....Anchored a Razorback defense that did not allow an Ole Miss touchdown over the first three quarters...Leads SEC in sacks with 8.5 on the season. - SEC Football

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  NOV 21 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas,...Making his 43rd career start and playing in 68 snaps, Stromberg helped Arkansas' offensive line control the line of scrimmage in a 42-27 victory over No. 14 Ole Miss...Allowed zero sacks, pressures or hurries and was penalized zero times against the Rebels....Paved way for Arkansas RB Raheim Sanders, who carved up career highs in rushing yards (232), rushing touchdowns (3) and receptions (5). Sanders averaged 9.7 yards per touch and burst five carries for 20+ yards...Keyed an offensive line that has allowed Arkansas to have a 100-yard rusher in 10 of its last 12 games dating back to the 2021 season. The Hogs have rushed for 200 yards in an SEC-leading eight games this season...Protected Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson, who threw for 168 yards (17-for-22) and three touchdowns. Jefferson filed a 77.3 completion percentage against the Rebels...Allowed Arkansas' offense rack up 503 yards of total offense, averaging 7.7 yards per play...Blocked for a Razorback rushing attack that registered a season high 335 yards on the ground. - SEC Football

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  Arkansas' Rocket Sanders rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including a 68-yarder on the opening drive of the second half, in a 42-27 rout of No. 20 Ole Miss on Saturday night. The Razorbacks had a 35-6 halftime lead, and the Rebels' 21 fourth-quarter points made the game appear closer than it was. Sanders averaged 9.7 yards on 24 carries, helping Arkansas (6-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) snap a two-game skid and become bowl-eligible. He gained 153 yards in the first half. Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson returned from his injury, going 17 of 22 passing for 168 yards and three scores. Matt Landers added two touchdown receptions for the Hogs.

Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3, No. 14 CFP) moved the ball and had chances early. But holding penalties nullified two touchdown passes from Jaxson Dart. The Rebels lost a fumble, were forced to settle for two field goals on promising drives and missed a field-goal try. The Rebels had two 200-yard rushers - Quinshon Judkins (214) and Zach Evans (207) - but still trailed by 36 points at one point. Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders picked off a Dart pass, setting up Sanders' 8-yard scoring run just before halftime for the 35-6 cushion. - Arkansas/AP College Football


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  Arkansas coach Sam Pittman nodded his head Monday when a reporter mentioned the numbers recorded by receiver Matt Landers in the team's last two games. He again nodded when asked if the Toledo transfer's play is more along the lines of what was anticipated when the Razorbacks signed him out of the NCAA transfer portal. Simply put: Landers is producing, and Pittman is thrilled. Confidence was the difference for Landers during Arkansas' victories at BYU and Auburn. "He needs confidence," Pittman said. "I mean, he needs that. We all do, but he needs that. He's catching the ball extremely well." Following a 123-yard outing in the Razorbacks' win over Missouri State on Sept. 17, Landers' numbers plummeted. He caught three passes for 50 yards over the next three weeks.

Landers was held without a reception in the loss at Mississippi State. That day, his string of 10 consecutive games with at least one catch was snapped. But in Arkansas' last two outings, he has looked better than ever. Pittman said last Monday that Landers would have to be good down the stretch if Arkansas hoped to close the regular season on a note similar to last year, when the team won five of its final six games. A long, speedy and fluid target, Landers may be turning the corner for the Razorbacks. "To be honest with you, I think KJ (Jefferson) is the one who really looks to me like he's looking for him a little bit more," Pittman said, referencing his quarterback. "Now, he has to get open. Certainly he's No. 1 in read progression a lot more than what he was earlier in the year." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders was named a semifinalist for two national awards Tuesday. Sanders is among 20 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award and one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award. The Bednarik Award is presented to college football's best defensive player, and the Butkus Award is given to the best linebacker. In his first season at Arkansas after transferring from Alabama, Sanders has recorded 65 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks through 8 games. He leads the SEC in sacks and forced fumbles (3), and was named national linebacker of the month in September by the Butkus Award. Sanders was named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sept. 11 following a game against South Carolina in which he recorded 11 tackles and 2 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  Reserve Arkansas quarterback Kade Renfro has undergone season-ending surgery after re-injuring his left knee, the same one on which he tore a knee ligament during bowl practices last December. The Arkansas Rivals website first reported the surgery and a team spokesperson confirmed the news on the redshirt sophomore from Stephenville, Texas, who originally signed with Ole Miss. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  OCT 31 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Reid Bauer, P, Arkansas,...Booted a career-long 78-yard punt in the second quarter, pinning Auburn at its own 7-yard line. Bauer's punt is the second-longest by an SEC punter this season...Became the first Arkansas punter to record a 70+ yard punt since Sam Irwin-Hill's 79-yard punt versus South Carolina in 2013. Bauer's punt ties for the 10th longest in school history...Averaged 43.0 yards per punt..Punted three times for 129 yards...Pinned Auburn inside its own 7-yard line...Limited Auburn to zero punt return yards. - SEC Football

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  OCT 31 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Raheim Sanders, RB, Arkansas,...Raheim "Rocket" Sanders carded his sixth of the season and second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort to guide Arkansas to a 41-27 road win at Auburn, finishing with 16 carries for 171 yards (10.7 average).Sanders also hauled in one reception for six yards...Matched Madre Hill's school record for quickest to 1,000 yards rushing in a season in just eight games...Paces SEC in rushing yards (1041) and ranks second in yards per run (6.67). Sanders ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards and ninth in yards per carry...Recorded a career long 76-yard run in the third quarter, positioning the Razorbacks at the Auburn18. Sanders' 76-yard run is tied for the third-longest by a league player this season...Notched five 10+ yard runs and one 20+ yard rush...Sanders is one of only three FBS players (Illinois RB Chase Brown & Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda) with 1,000+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards this season...Sanders is the only FBS player with 1,000+ rushing yards and 150+ receiving yards this season. - SEC Football

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  KJ Jefferson ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third and Raheim Sanders rushed for 171 yards to lead Arkansas to a 41-27 victory over Auburn on Saturday in a battle to escape the bottom of the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Razorbacks (5-3, 2-3 SEC) snapped a six-game losing streak versus the Tigers (3-5, 1-4), who have dropped four games in a row. The two teams came into the day tied with Texas A&M for last in the SEC West. But Auburn couldn't stop Jefferson and Sanders or produce scores on offense when the game was still in doubt. Much of Jordan-Hare Stadium had emptied before the Tigers' final two touchdowns that served to make the final score more respectable.

Sanders set up the decisive touchdown with a 76-yard scamper down the left sideline late in the third quarter. Rashod Dubinion then scored the first of his two late touchdowns. Jefferson completed 16 of 24 passes for 234 yards and stiff-armed safety Zion Puckett to the ground on his way to a 13-yard touchdown run. Matt Landers caught four passes for 115 yards. Auburn's Robby Ashford was 24-of-33 passing for 285 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 19 times for 87 yards. Tailback Tank Bigsby was mostly contained aside from a 41-yard touchdown run. Things snowballed for the Tigers after their opening drive of the third quarter stalled and then ended with Isaiah Nichols' blocked field goal, while down just 17-13. - Arkansas/AP College Football


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  University of Arkansas tailback Raheim Sanders has never been a big talker, but he's starting to come out of his shell after powering for an SEC-best 870 rushing yards though seven games to rank eighth in the country. Sanders, who is averaging 124.3 rushing yards per game, is on pace to accumulate 1,491 rushing yards through 12 games, a total that would slot him at fourth on the school's single-season rushing chart behind two big seasons from Darren McFadden (1,830 in 2007; 1,647 in 2006) and Alex Collins' 1,577 yards in 2015.

Sanders and the Razorbacks face the SEC's worst run defense on Saturday at Auburn. The Tigers' 204.4 rushing yards per game, including 448 by Ole Miss and 292 by Georgia in their past two games. "Very serious kid. I mean very serious," Coach Sam Pittman said to describe Sanders on Wednesday. "But where he's come around a little bit more is his personality. He's talking more. Not overly confident and certainly not close to cocky, but he feels good about what he's doing, and he should, and I think he's come a long way there." Sanders has five 100-yard outings in seven games, and the sophomore, who signed with Arkansas as a wideout, is coming off a career-best 175-yard effort in a 52-35 win at BYU that included 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. Speaking after that game, Sanders said he didn't know how to communicate well with the team's offensive linemen when he came in as a freshman receiver. "I didn't even know their names as much, so I wasn't communicating with them well," Sanders said. "Back then, I wouldn't say I was scared, but I was nervous to say something to them." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  OCT 17 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hudson Clark, S, Arkansas,...Anchored Arkansas' defense in a 52-35 win over BYU, finishing with a team and career high 11 stops, including four solo tackles, with one interception and one fumble recovery...Clark is the only defender in the SEC and one of two FBS defenders (Virginia DB Jonas Sanker) this season to record 10+ tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery...Made a crucial interception at the ARK32 with 2:22 left in the second quarter to keep the Cougars from scoring before half and give possession back to the Razorbacks, leading to an eventual touchdown for a 31-21 lead to close the half...Recovered a fumble early in the fourth quarter to set up an Arkansas drive that knocked 10:29 off the clock, sealing the Razorback win...Part of a Razorback defense that forced three BYU turnovers, including BYU's first two lost fumbles of the season...Entering the game, BYU had only turned the ball over twice all season. Helped Arkansas become the first SEC team to win in Provo since 2000. - SEC Football

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  KJ Jefferson threw for 367 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead Arkansas to a 52-35 victory over BYU on Saturday. Raheim Sanders added 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground for Arkansas (4-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak after rolling up 644 total yards on the Cougars. Third-down efficiency contributed greatly to fueling the Razorbacks' potent offensive showing. Arkansas went 12-of-14 on third down. Jaren Hall threw for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns to lead BYU (4-3). Puka Nacua had 141 receiving yards and Kody Epps added 125 receiving yards for the Cougars. Nacua also scored three touchdowns.

BYU tallied 471 total yards, but the Cougars lost their second straight game after repeatedly allowing quick scoring drives and committing three turnovers. BYU cut the deficit to 38-35 on a 33-yard catch by Nacua in the third quarter. Arkansas rallied with back-to-back touchdowns – culminating in a 64-yard scamper down the sidelines by Sanders – that extended its lead to 52-35 early in the fourth. Hall picked apart the Arkansas defense early in the first half. He threw a pair of first quarter touchdown passes to give the Cougars a 13-7 lead. Nacua's 31-yard grab along the sideline on 4th-and-8 set up the first score. Kody Epps dashed in for BYU's second touchdown on a 21-yard catch-and-run. - Arkansas/AP College Football


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  The playing status of Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson for Saturday's 11 a.m. game at No. 23 Mississippi State will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis through the course of the week, Coach Sam Pittman said Monday. On Saturday, Jefferson hit his helmet on the field during a fourth-quarter sack, missed one play, threw an incomplete pass on the next play, then did not return for the last 6:55 of the Razorbacks' 49-26 loss to No. 2 Alabama. Cade Fortin, a senior transfer from South Florida, finished Arkansas' final two drives. Pittman did not confirm Jefferson was in the team's concussion protocols at his weekly news conference Monday, but his comments suggest that is the case. "He has some mild symptoms," Pittman said. "Those are things that our doctors look at. Each kid is a little bit different with how they react. "We've had guys back within three-four days. We've had guys out for 27 days. He's kind of a wait-and-see to be honest with you." - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  Coach Sam Pittman confirmed on Monday that cornerback LaDarrius Bishop is out for the remainder of the season after needing surgery to repair cartilage in his knee that will require three to four months of recovery. Bishop, a redshirt senior from Ashdown, has one season of eligibility remaining. He had played in two games at cornerback and as a gunner on the punt return team and had 2 tackles through the Razorbacks' 44-30 win over South Carolina. "It was loose and they were able to sew it back in there and repair it, so that's what we wanted for him," Pittman said. - Northwest Arkansas Times

rSr/2023 CB LaDarrius BishopArkansas
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