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Receiver Wilson Chooses Arkansas

Wide receiver Demetrius Wilson from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College has committed to Arkansas.

“It’s awesome to be committed now,” Wilson told “We’ve got Tyler Wilson coming back, the number one quarterback in the SEC. They’re losing three receivers so we’re going to need some receivers who can get the job done. The coaches and I feel that I can be that person who gets the job done.”

Wilson chose Arkansas over Tennessee. He’s the 22nd member of the 2012 class for Arkansas.

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QB Wilson To Return At Arkansas

No shock here, but Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson announced today via press release that he will return to the Hogs for his senior season in Fall 2012:

“I have decided to stay at Arkansas for the 2012 season because I am extremely excited for what this team has the opportunity to accomplish and to finish earning my degree.  After the feedback I received (from the NFL), the decision was difficult to make.  Ultimately, the chance to complete my academics and play one more season as a Razorback were compelling reasons for me to remain in Fayetteville.”

The Hogs should be a consensus preseason Top 10 team with Wilson and tailback Knile Davis both returning next season.

Wilson led the SEC in passing attempts, completions, yards, and passer rating.  He ranked 13th nationally in passing yards.

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SEC Headlines – 10/7/11

It’s going to be a quickie kind of Friday for us.  We’ve already posted our thumbnail projections for this weekend’s games and the finale of our 10-part series: “Expansion By The Numbers” will be going up a little later.

In between, some headlines from around the league:

1.  So far, Alabama has been able to avoid mistakes this season.

2.  The Crimson Tide’s O-line continues to bond, continues to improve.

3.  Auburn’s run game has revived the Tigers…

4.  But after five games, the squad is still a bit of a mystery.

5.  Auburn will come at Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson “with a lot of respect” tomorrow.

6.  The Razorbacks are “not a very good tackling team.”  (Good think Jake Bequette will be back.)

7.  Florida’s Will Muschamp will be returning to the scene of his early success when he takes the field at LSU tomorrow.

8.  Les Miles says the Louisianans on his roster seem to “care more” about wearing the purple and gold.

9.  MSU coaches sold James Carmon on a move from left tackle to right guard by talking about his NFL draft value.

10.  When it comes to the Bulldogs’ offense, there’s plenty of blame to go around.

11.  Ole Miss tailback Jeff Scott — all 5-7, 175 pounds of him — is putting up some big numbers.

12.  Houston Nutt says his teams needs this weekend’s open date.

13.  Florida’s goal at LSU — win the line of scrimmage.

14.  Freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel has had a lot of success in life (but making the first start of his career in Tiger Stadium is a tall order).

15.  Mark Richt revealed this morning that his offensive line will feature a new starting lineup tomorrow.

16.  UGA receiver and Tennessee native Marlon Brown wants more boos from the Knoxville crowd.

17.  Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders isn’t as popular as he used to be.  (Amazing what losing Mike Hartline, Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke will do to a man’s reputation.)

18.  UK isn’t getting the production the recruiting rankings suggested.

19.  John Calipari had to pay off some Memphis attorneys who were threatening — of behalf of “certain ticket holders — to sue him for leaving the Tiger basketball program on probation.  (What a bad precedent this sets.)

20.  A look at the numbers shows that whether it’s Stephen Garcia under center or not, the South Carolina passing game has struggled under Steve Spurrier.

21.  Bruce Ellington’s role may expand in Carolina’s offense.

22.  Tennessee has played four games… and has but one interception on the season.

23.  Quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will be fighting for a “quality win” on Saturday.

24.  Unlike Tennessee, Vanderbilt has used pressure to help tally a nation’s best 14 interceptions.

25.  Vandy might shuffle its offensive line against Alabama tomorrow.

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Arkansas Need To Shake The Injury Bug And Fast

TJ Carpenter

Arkansas caught the injury bug before the season even started, and it hasn’t gotten better as the season has progressed. The Razorbacks have already lost Knile Davis for the season, Tenarius Wright for the next four to six weeks and Jake Bequette likely until after the Texas A&M game this weekend. In addition, Arkansas has sustained minor injuries to Tyler Wilson, Jarius Wright, and Isaac Madison which have been recovered from (at least for the time being). Broderick Green, who was previously thought to be out for the season may end up coming back this season, but not immediately.

That is a lot of injuries, but it isn’t an excuse. Oh, how times have changed in Razorback country.

It should be noted, talent is more easily replaceable than experience and leadership. Chris Smith, who is a talented player can make up for some of the production lost with Tenarius Wright, but he wasn’t a team captain and four-year starter. Arkansas has had to account for the loss of two defensive team captains and one offensive team captain. Their absence has made a considerable difference.

Whether or not being at full strength against Alabama would have made a considerable difference is debatable. But there is no denying the Razorbacks need that leadership and experience on the field to meet expectations of a 10-win season.

Davis’ absence at running back is apparent, as Arkansas went from being a consistently productive offense on the ground to being completely incapable of moving the football on the ground. Against the Crimson Tide, the Razorbacks had a mere 17 yards on 19 carries.

This has led Petrino to state the team has no offensive identity and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee to question the team’s competitive spirit.

Something must change.

This is not insurmountable. Arkansas can have a great season if they adapt and revive the hunger and desire to prove they are an elite offense rather than just simply complacently accept the mantle.

Being a great football team comes from a number of factors Arkansas has a program has worked to build over the last three seasons. In order to ensure they do not disappoint however, they will have to add another to the list of requirements; adapt to the loss of key playmakers.

Arkansas is in a must win situation this weekend against Texas A&M. Arkansas still has considerable talent. In fact, they have more talent than the Aggies, but someone must step up in a leadership role in order to beat a team that executes exceptionally well.

We’ll see whether or not Arkansas can shake the injury bug the way some teams have in the past. Green Bay was able to win a Super Bowl after sustaining what seemed like an insurmountable amount of injuries. If Arkansas doesn’t their win total could plummet to as low as seven or eight. LSU has had to overcome the injury bug and the our-players-kicked-a-marine-in-the-face bug and have been dominant all season long. But the Tigers also have a great immune system, or as it’s called in college football: depth.

Arkansas will need answers from somewhere else. Otherwise it will be a disappointing season for the Razorbacks.

TJ Carpenter is host of The TJ Carpenter Show on The Hog Sports Radio Network from 1-4pm (listen live at TJ Carpenter contributes to and 

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SEC Headlines – 9/22/11 Part Two

1.  So much for getting clearance… juco transfer receiver Duron Carter will sit out the entire season at Alabama with an academic issue.  (He’ll have two years of eligibility with Bama.)

2.  Bama’s defenders will be looking to harass Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson on Saturday.

3.  Here’s an excellent, in-depth, must-read breakdown of Alabama’s defense with some help from Nick Saban himself.

4.  Ya know who’s to blame or Auburn’s struggles this year?  AD Jay Jacobs suggests Tommy Tuberville.

5.  Auburn cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley is getting back to basics with his troops.

6.  Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette is making progress from a hamstring injury, but it’s still not known if he’ll play this weekend.

7.  Razorback receivers will have to stand up to the intimidating style of Bama’s defensive backs.

8.  Les Miles believes his team will be at full strength health-wise Saturday at West Virginia.

9.  The Tiger offense is trying to prepare for WVU’s complex 3-3-5 scheme.

10.  Four alleged victims and several witnesses from a Baton Rouge bar fight testified before a grand jury looking into the charges against Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns.

11.  Ole Miss is trimming the ol’ playbook with Georgia coming to town.

12.  Barry Brunetti and Enrique Davis could possibly see some work for the Rebels on Saturday.

13.  UM’s poor offensive production puts an extra strain on the team’s defense.

14.  As its O-line goes, so goes Mississippi State’s football team.

15.  Kaleb Eulls is making noise for the Bulldogs from his defensive end spot.

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SEC Headlines – 9/15/11 Part One

With some business to attend to this afternoon, this is going to be a particularly headline-heavy day.  Let’s get started…

1.  Not all SEC schools and coaches are A-OK with Thursday night games.  UPDATE — Here’s a lengthier piece, same topic.

2.  Receiver Duron Carter remains on Alabama’s scout team and there’s “no new information to report” regarding his eligibility.

3.  Bama’s running backs provide a balanced attack.

4..  Don’t expect Nick Saban to get too funky with the Crimson Tide’s uniforms.  (Even last year’s Nike Pro Combat unis were tame by Nike standards.)

5.  Even after a 2-0 start, Auburn’s schedule presents a big challenge.

6.  The Tiger D will continue to feature a deep rotation of players.

7.  Arkansas wants to force more turnovers.

8.  Brandon Mitchell has proven himself to be a capable backup to quarterback Tyler Wilson.

9.  Drop-back passer Zach Stoudt and dual-threat Randall Mackey will both play for Ole Miss against Vandy on Saturday.  (No surprise, seeing as how UM has used five different QB in the last two years.)

10.  Mackey has pled not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct stemming from an August 23rd bar fight.

11.  The Rebel secondary is taking a simpler approach this year.

12.  Mississippi State is breaking ground on its new football complex today.

13.  Tony Barnhart poses five questions heading into this week’s SEC action.

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SEC Headlines – 9/12/11 Part One

1.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

2.  No surprise… Alabama’s getting it done with defense.

3.  Nick Saban believes his O-line was “much better” this past weekend.

4.  Two games in and Auburn is still searching for a defensive identity.  (Better to be doing that at 2-0 than 0-2, however.)

5.  Heading to Clemson next, AU needs to start making some third-down stops.

6.  Arkansas’ offense made progress in a 52-3 win over New Mexico…

7.  But quarterback Tyler Wilson had to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms.

8.  There’s no time for rest in Baton Rouge as the Tigers must prepare for a Thursday night affair in Starkville.

9.  Sure they came against Northwestern State, but Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger rolled up some pretty good passing numbers on Saturday.

10.  Houston Nutt says his team has shown flashes of being a good football team this season.

11.  Ole Miss hasn’t run the ball well and Vanderbilt — off to solid start defensively — is up next.

12.  Against Auburn, MSU lost a game it should have won.

13.  Dan Mullen now must quickly get his team to rebound from a tough loss in time for a Thursday game with a Top 5 team.

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Petrino At The Podium

Here’s a rundown of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino’s comments:

* Petrino opened by wishing his wife a happy 26th anniversary.  He said it doesn’t seem that long ago that he and his wife were driving down the highway on their honeymoon “singing ‘Put me in coach.”  (That’s John Fogerty’s “Centerfield,” of course.)

* Petrino said three things give the Hogs a chance to succeed:

1.  “Our experience and our depth.”  Petrino said he’s excited about his senior class.  He believes the experience and depth will give UA a chance to win games “on the road and in the fourth quarter.”

2.  “I really feel like we’re a fast football team.”  The speed at the skill positions “give us an opportunity to be a special offense.”

3.  “I’m very impressed with our football team’s mindset.”  Petrino said his team understands how play and how to practice.

* Asked how he’s able to “plug in” quarterbacks who continue to put up great numbers, Petrino praised Tyler Wilson first.  The coach said he likes his preparation and leadership.  Finally, he answered the question: “I think when you look at our success in coaching quarterbacks, one thing I really believe in is it’s our job to find out what they do well and ask them to do that.”  Petrino says he and his coaches set the playbook aside “and develop the offense around the quarterback.”

* Petrino said “They’re changed, we already changed ‘em,” when asked about Ryan Mallett’s decision to reveal some Arkansas hand signals to Jon Gruden on ESPN.  “I wasn’t real happy with him,” the coach said with a smile.  “But he called me up and apologized and he gave us a few ideas for some new hand signals, so that always helps.”

* Petrino is excited to see tailback Knile Davis “take a step forward” and make progress over last year. 

* “In this conference everybody has good players.  And something we learned as a football team a year ago is it takes a team to win games.  We’ll be as good as our team chemistry and our team leadership because everyone we compete with is going to have very good football players, too.”

* “I’m excited for our defense this year because I feel it’s the first time we’re physically where we need to be on the defensive front.”

* Petrino said he would be fine with Mike Slive’s suggestion to make academic requirements tougher.  “I kind of agree with the thought of ‘let’s toughen the college requirements.’  Let’s make these guys all take the same classes their freshman year.  Let’s take care of our business in college.”

* The coach said the thing that he’s always believed separates the SEC from other conferences is the defensive front.  “The speed and athleticism on the edges and the size and athleticism inside.  I found that out when I came back as a head coach in the league that that was true.  That is one of the big differences.”  He went on to say the SEC offensive linemen have a hard job to do going against such big, talented D-linemen.

* Asked if he thought UA would make so much progress so quickly, Petrino said he thought he might’ve been able to turn things around even quicker.  The coach said he likes having high expectations.

* “You have to have depth at tailback.  And it’s real important that throughout the season you continue to work that depth.  As the year goes on, the running backs are the guys that take all the big hits.  Generally, you have a running back that’s hot and he has some big games, maybe three big games.  And then he gets dinged up a little bit.  You’ve got to put the next guy in there and not miss a beat.”

More to come…

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SEC Headlines – 6/27/11 Part Two

1.  Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is growing into a leadership role.

2.  This writer says the Hogs are every bit the national title contender that Alabama and LSU are.

3.  In terms of SEC winning percentage, who ranks between Paul “Bear” Bryant and General Robert Neyland?  Hint: His hat sits way too high on his head.

4.  The Milwaukee Bucks were won over by former Tennessee hoopster Tobias Harris’ maturity.

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SEC Headlines – 4/7/11 Part Two

1.  Nick Saban doesn’t want his team to get a sense of entitlement this year.

2.  Bama receiver Brandon Gibson wants to have a season to remember.

3.  Alfred McCullough knows the Tide’s system better than Aaron Douglas in their battle at left tackle.

4.  Ken Carter wants to be “that guy” on Auburn’s defensive line. 

5.  Quindarius Carr wants to go from role player to starting receiver on The Plains.

6.  Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley are still friends despite their quarterback competition.

7.  Arkansas’ leading returning scorer — Rotnei Clarke — has told Mike Anderson that he’ll be back in Fayetteville next season.

8.  The Razorbacks are building depth at defensive end.

9.  Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell are still fighting for the starting QB job.

10.  Even without Patrick Peterson, LSU might have a special secondary in 2011.

11.  Brad Wing has some big shoes to fill as the Tigers’ punter this fall.

12.  Chris Faulk is getting used to playing on the left side of LSU’s O-line.

13.  Mississippi State is as deep as its ever been at wide receiver.

14.  Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins figure to be a 1-2 punch at tailback for the Bulldogs.

15.  This writer brings you seven observations at the midway point of Ole Miss’ spring practice.

16.  Matt Hall –  a transfer from Arkansas — is in the mix for a starting spot on the Rebels’ offensive line.

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