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Arkansas redshirt freshman RB Maleek Barkley announced his intent to transfer.

Barkley was switched to running back from wide receiver. He was a three-star commit in 2017, and could look to play wide receiver at his new school. Assuming he transfers to an FBS school, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season, and he'll have three years of eligibility left. Barkley is the fifth player to decide to transfer since new coach Chad Morris took over.
Jun 15 - 7:41 PM

Kansas redshirt junior WR Chase Harrell will transfer to Arkansas as a graduate.

Harrell announced he would be transferring from Kansas in April, mentioning the horrific events he had been through in the prior months as the main reasoning. Given that he is transferring with his degree, he will be eligible to play right away at Arkansas. Harrell caught 25 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 and will look to build on that as a role player for the Razorbacks in 2018.
Jun 13 - 11:07 AM

Arkansas redshirt freshman WR Koilan Jackson didn't take part in contact drills during spring practices.

Jackson is recovering from an ACL injury suffered during practice last September. Scottie Bordelon of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette didn't project him on his updated depth chart and will wait to do so until fall camp where they will see if he is "good and healthy." Prior to the injury, HC Bret Bielema said Jackson had been "doing really well." The former four-star prospect is looking to be healthy by the end of summer so he can have a chance to fight for playing time in 2018.
Jun 12 - 1:53 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from 2019 four-star WR Shamar Nash, who had previously been committed to Missouri.

Nash (6'2/190) had committed to Missouri in February, but he's made the switch to Arkansas, and it's a big get for Chad Morris and the Razorbacks. He ranks 40th among wide receivers in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 247th overall. He gets quality reviews for his route tree, and his height and athleticism could make him a target in the red zone.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 10 - 11:02 AM

Arkansas redshirt sophomore WR Kofi Boateng (knee) has retired.

Boateng (6'1/177) cited two knee injuries sustained during his playing career as impetus for his retirement. The former three-star recruit did not catch a pass during his time in Fayetteville and was not expected to be an integral piece in HC Chad Morris' offensive overhaul. His decision to call it a day does help with scholarship numbers if nothing else.
Jun 8 - 4:45 PM

SEC Country's Trent Shadid notes that Arkansas senior FB Kendrick Jackson was utilized in a less-than-traditional sense during spring practice.

"[Jackson and Hayden Johnson] are listed on the roster as fullbacks, but the position as it was used previously doesn’t really have a fit in this scheme," Shadid writes. One of the wrinkles in moving from the run-heavy ways of Bret Bielema to the more wide open attack of Chad Morris. He passes along that the 6-foot, 270-pound Jackson was essentially being used as a short-yardage running back during spring practice, a role which he looked to be adjusting to without major issue. For purposes of the NFL, though, Jackson's going to be receiving looks as a traditional fullback next spring as he tries for a Day 3 selection in the draft.
Source: SEC Country
May 25 - 3:36 PM

247Sports' Trey Biddy writes that Arkansas redshirt senior S Santos Ramirez "could be poised for an All-SEC type of season if the defense makes a big jump forward."

Ramirez (6'2/195) has made strides in his development every year he's been on campus. For the past campaign, the redshirt senior posted 63 tackles -- a full 20 stops better than he logged in 2016 -- defended eight passes and notched a singular interception. He's picked off one pass in each of the last three seasons.
Source: 247Sports
May 23 - 2:45 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB KJ Jefferson.

Missouri and Texas A&M were also heavily involved, here, but Jefferson opts to throw his lot in with HC Chad Morris and the Razorbacks. Explained the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, "Since [C]oach Morris got the job, they have made me feel important." Rivals ranks him as the No. 18 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, with outlet analyst Chad Simmons noting that he possesses a "live arm" and "a lot of room for improvement."
Source: Rivals
May 18 - 4:48 PM

Arkansas DB Kevin Richardson has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Richardson (5'11/185) was rumored to be granted an extra year earlier in the month, but it's now official. The versatile defender can play both safety and cornerback, so his return is substantial for what looks to be one of the better secondaries in the SEC in 2018. He was granted the extra year after having redshirted his freshman year, but also losing all but one game of a year in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore.
May 11 - 5:04 PM

Former Arkansas HC Bret Bielema is working with the New England Patriots.

"Look for him to be involved with coaching duties as the team begins its rookie minicamp tomorrow," writes ESPN's Field Yates. Bielema was fired by Arkansas at the end of the 2017 season, but resurfaced during Alabama's pro day in the spring, when he was spotted with New England's scouting and evaluating reps. It's not quite clear what his role with the Patriots might be, but New England HC Bill Belichick has clearly taken a shine to the former Razorbacks coach. This newfound relationship with the Patriots could potentially take him out of the running for another college coaching job in the short term, but we'll have to wait and see how this all develops.
May 11 - 1:14 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks Arkansas G Hjalte Froholdt as the top guard to watch in college football in 2018.

Froholdt is one of two guards that make the top 50, with Froholdt ranking 45th, and Florida's Martez Ivy ranking 48th. "Scouts are going to like what they see from Froholdt when they turn on his tape," Reuter writes. "He's mobile, strong and tough, not unlike former teammate and 2018 first-round pick Frank Ragnow." This is not a Quenton Nelson situation, but keep in mind Nelson wasn't considered a potential top 10 pick coming into 2018. Froholdt could easily go in the first 32 picks next year if he plays up to his level in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 1:14 PM

Buccaneers signed Arkansas QB Austin Allen.

Allen (6’0/209) was a two-year starter for the Razorbacks, completing 59.1% of his career passes at 8.3 yards per attempt with a 36:21 TD-to-INT ratio. Allen is the younger brother of fellow ex-Arkansas QB Brandon Allen, who has spent time with the Jaguars and Rams. Undersized with a troubling history of shoulder injuries, Allen struggled mightily as a 2017 senior, missing four games and wilting under heavy pressure. Brother Brandon is entering his third year in the pros; Austin would do well to last that long.
May 3 - 6:00 PM

Colts signed Arkansas CB Henre’ Toliver.

Toliver (6’0/188) made 36 starts in the Razorbacks’ secondary, amassing eight career interceptions and 31 pass breakups. Toliver’s stock took a hit at the Combine, where he managed sixth-percentile SPARQ results with a 4.63 forty time. Toliver was a capable college corner with some playmaking ability, but he doesn’t have the size, strength, or athleticism to hang in the pros.
May 3 - 11:14 AM

Eric Bolin of SEC Country believes that Arkansas DB Kevin Richardson will be granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Richardson (5'11/185) spent five years at Arkansas -- with one of them a redshirt season -- but he was also lost for the year in 2016 after playing in just one game for the Razorbacks. As Bolin notes, it would be a "huge boon" if Richardson could return for Arkansas, as his versatility of being able to play corner or safety would benefit the unit greatly. "It’s unclear when we will learn whether Richardson will be allowed to play for the Razorbacks in 2018," Bolin writes. "Odds are sooner rather than later, however, because the NCAA — for all its warts, which are plentiful — won’t wait until the proverbial last minute to decide."
Source: SEC Country
Apr 30 - 5:50 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Detroit Lions a "B" grade for their work in the draft.

Kadar really liked that new HC Matt Patricia stuck to his guns when saying he wanted to build "inside out" and selected C Frank Ragnow with their first-round pick. He believes Ragnow "could be Detroit’s version of Travis Frederick." Kadar didn't like their selection of DL Da’Shawn Hand in the fourth round and said, "he never quite lived up to his blue-chip potential at Alabama." The Lions addressed a lot of needs in this draft but some of the picks don't have enough potential for the Lions to have earned an "A" grade.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 3:50 PM


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