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Arkansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Chase Hayden.

"They don't have a guy like me right now and they told me I can come in and be used all over the place," Hayden said. "They can move me around in the backfield, put me in the slot and just find ways to get the ball in my hands." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder explained that Arkansas' pitch was mainly "that they need a guy with my skills." Scout.com refers to Hayden as "more quick than fast" and loves his overall feel for the game. The outlet fails to rank him on their overarching master list of recruiting prospects. Rivals is slightly higher on him here, slotting the newest Razorback in at No. 224 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 1:32 PM

Arkansas signed three-star 2016 JUCO DE Michael Taylor.

And you thought the 2016 class was all wrapped up in a neat tidy package. Not quite, at least not quite in the case of Taylor. His late signing with Arkansas comes because he needed to receive clearance on some of his coursework at Riverside City College. Onward and onward, now. Said HC Bret Bielema, "He’ll be here early next week and will be full-go for fall camp. We expect big things and a great career for Michael here at Arkansas." The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder will have three years of eligibility remaining after he links up with the Razorbacks. 247Sports' composite sees him home as a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. He recorded 50 tackles (11.5 for loss) and four sacks during his freshman campaign at Riverside.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 22 - 2:58 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior RB Kody Walker squatted 700 lbs on Thursday.

The achievement might be even more impressive considering Walker broke his right foot during a practice session in mid-April. He was fully cleared in June. The Razorbacks lost both Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams to the NFL, along with quarterback Brandon Allen and tight end Hunter Henry. The Razorbacks will basically be fielding an entirely new set of skill players this season, and Walker should be a productive member of the backfield.
Jul 22 - 10:16 AM

Arkansas junior WR Jared Cornelius was the only player in the SEC to record a play of 40-plus yards as a receiver, rusher and punt returner in 2015.

Cornelius landed on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award due to his productive flexibility. The award is handed out annually to the most versatile player in the country. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder finished out the 2015 season having caught 24 passes for 393 yards (16.4 YPC) and three touchdowns. A midseason broken arm sidelined him for four games.
Jul 16 - 2:48 PM

Arkansas redshirt sophomore QB Rafe Peavey underwent back surgery.

Peavey injured his back during a workout earlier this summer and needed to undergo -- as Arkansas put it -- "minor surgery" to mend the ailment. In a statement, HC Bret Bielema said, "I’m confident Rafe will make a full recovery and will build on his strong spring during fall camp." The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is expected to be ready for the start of camp on August 4. Assuming he can keep the back from barking on him, he should serve as the No. 2 QB behind starter Austin Allen.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 4:01 PM

Arkansas sophomore DB Willie Sykes will transfer.

Sykes was a three-star recruit in the 2015 class. Last season, he appeared in 12 of 13 games, recording nine tackles while mostly working on special teams. "I think there’s some things he wants to be closer to home on. … It was a mutually agreed upon issue. Issues. Nothing bad," said HC Bret Bielema. "No failed things or anything that’s forcing the situation other than looking for the best fit." Sykes hails from Texas, so a potential Big 12 transfer would not surprise -- assuming he opts to stay at the FBS level. He will have to sit out the 2016 season if that is the case.
Jul 14 - 1:30 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior WR Eric Hawkins will transfer.

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema noted that Hawkins has "done everything right in our program," before adding, "I just said, ‘Hey, you can go somewhere and be the guy.’ The schools he’s talking to, he could really go there and do something special. … And plus, run track. I think that’s factoring into it a little bit." The 6-foot, 181-pound Hawkins recorded three catches during his redshirt freshman campaign in 2013, but otherwise failed to log statistical production during his time with the Razorbacks. As for the track background Bielema speaks to, Hawkins ran the 100-meter dash in 10.51 seconds at the state track championships during his senior season at Longview High in 2011.
Jul 14 - 1:01 PM

Arkansas senior LB Brooks Ellis indicated that the offense has not taken a step back with redshirt junior QB Austin Allen taking over for QB Brandon Allen.

"It’s hard to really tell the difference between [Brandon and Austin] when they’re throwing the ball or when they’re leading the offense," Ellis said. Austin is the younger brother of Brandon, who started 38 games for the Razorbacks over the last four seasons. "[Austin] has been really excited to take over that role," Ellis explained. "To see him grow from freshman year to now, under his brother and now he has taken the lead … it has been really cool to watch." The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Allen was named the starter for 2016 prior to the close of spring practice. He has just 19 career passing attempts under his belt, but will be tossed into the deep end when Arkansas kicks off against Louisiana Tech on September 3.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 13 - 2:26 PM

Both Arkansas HC Bret Bielema and AD Jeff Long expressed disappointment in Michigan's decision to drop a scheduled pair of games against the Razorbacks.

Michigan and Notre Dame made scheduling headlines (as much as a schedule can cause headlines) when they announced a renewal of their rivalry beginning in 2018. The Wolverines were forced to drop their 2018 and 2019 showdowns against Arkansas -- initially announced in 2012 -- in order to secure the match-up with the Irish. Arkansas AD Jeff Long questioned the timing of the decision, noting that "the late notice of Michigan’s cancellation makes securing those games [against other quality non-conference teams] substantially more difficult," while HC Bret Bielema said that he was "definitely disappointed." On the positive side of the ledger, Michigan had to pay Arkansas $2 million in order to extricate themselves from the scheduled contests. When asked what fun might come from that chunk of change, Bielema joked, "Maybe host a satellite camp in Cabo?"
Source: 247Sports
Jul 7 - 4:02 PM

Three-star 2017 CB Jarques McClellion committed to Arkansas.

Before settling on Arkansas, McClellion received offers from Boston College, Louisville, Maryland and Michigan State (among others). The 6-foot, 167-pounder ranks as ESPN 300's No. 47 corner prospect for the 2017 cycle, with the outlet calling McClellion an "[i]nstinctive, versatile coverage defender" who is "aggressive on overall pursuit." Added bulk would do wonders in helping him compete for early playing time.
Jul 3 - 2:43 PM

Three-star 2017 DB Korey Hernandez committed to Arkansas.

The trick of Hernandez's commitment is that he hasn't actually visited Arkansas yet. He is set to remedy that on July 21. SEC Country interviewed him over the phone on Friday and the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said, "I didn’t feel the need to [make the visit first]. I heard everything I needed to, so once I get down there it’ll just be confirming all the great stories and things of that nature." Just because he hasn't made the visit yet, Hernandez's commitment should probably be viewed as a soft one. While he has been utilized in a variety of roles on both offense and defense at Cedar Grove High, Hernandez plans on playing corner at the collegiate level.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 26 - 1:37 PM

While speaking to the parents of high school prospects in Tampa, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said, "I think I should get arrested every day when they tell me what I make."

Bielema brought home $4 million in 2015 and is set to make $4.25 million per year moving forward through 2020. That he referenced this to a group of parents is somewhat odd, but Bielema is something of an odd cat. He also told his audience, "I'm a laid-back dude. I'm a flip-flop wearing, reggae-loving guy that just kinda loves my job." After crawling out to a 2-4 record to start the 2015 season, Bielema and company turned matters around to finish out 6-1, with only a 51-50 loss to Mississippi State in late November marring that fantastic close to the campaign.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 1:32 PM

Texas graduate C Jake Raulerson transferred to Arkanasas.

Raulerson has had himself an interesting offseason. He initially planned on transferring to UCLA, but after they turned him down for the MBA and MAE graduate programs, he reversed course. SMU was an immediate contender for his commitment after UCLA failed to come through -- he went so far as to tweet out a picture of his acceptance letter to the Mustangs -- but instead, he will be pursuing a business administration degree at Arkansas. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder will be able to play immediately come the start of the 2016 season and has two years of eligibility remaining to his good name. He played in eight games last season.
Jun 16 - 2:22 PM

Texas redshirt junior C Jake Raulerson will not be transferring to UCLA.

Raulerson said in late January that he would be joining the Bruins for 2016, but that transfer will not be happening. The 6-foot-4, 294-pounder did not receive admission to his two graduate programs of choice at UCLA (MBA and Masters in Applied Economics). Bruin Report's Tracy Pierson hears that Raulerson will mostly likely transfer to SMU, now, where he will pursue an MBA. He is looking to get into sports management after he hangs up his cleats. Wherever he transfers, he will have two years of eligibility remaining to his name beginning this season.
Jun 9 - 1:53 PM

Speaking at the SEC spring meetings, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema forwarded the idea of an SEC-Big Ten challenge.

"Have the Big Ten and the SEC go together on two different weekends, seven teams [from each conference participating] ... It would be an awesome thing for everybody involved," Bielema said. College basketball likely served as the inspiration here, as events like the ACC-Big Ten Challenge are commonplace at the beginning of the season over on the hard court. Alas, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey indicated that the idea was discussed on Tuesday and gave little sign that it would be implemented any time in the near future. "We generally call those [conference crossovers] bowl games," Sankey said, "but I appreciate the creative thought that's out there."
Source: AL.com
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