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Arkansas Razorbacks complete first 2012 baseball practice

Press release courtesy of Arkansas athletics

 

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 4 Arkansas baseball team held its first practice of the 2012 preseason on Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

 

Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn met with members of the media before practice and talked about the great weather that greeted the team as spring practice opened.

 

 

“I think this is the first time in several years that we’ll be able to get outside and get a lot of work in,” Coach Van Horn said. “It seems like we’ve been pretty charmed this year. We’ll be going full blast with practice and scrimmages this weekend.”

Baum Stadium @ George Cole Field at U of Arkansas in 2007 (photo by Brandonrush via wikipedia commons)

The Razorbacks will enjoy three weeks of practice before getting the season started on Friday, Feb. 17 against Villanova. Coach Van Horn said the team is anxious to get underway.

 

“I know our players are looking forward to getting the season started,” Coach Van Horn said. “I felt like in the middle of last year when the young guys were playing so well that 2012 could be a great year. I think we’re ready to roll.”

 

The Razorbacks practiced for three hours on Friday. After opening with some defensive drills, Arkansas closed the practice with an intrasquad scrimmage.

 

For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

COTTON BOWL: #7 Arkansas 29 #11 Kansas State 16

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 2012 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas has been won by the Arkansas over Kansas State, 29-16.

Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown in the 2011 season as the #7 Razorbacks matched a school-record for wins with 11 by defeating the #11 Wildcats.

The other Arkansas team’s who have won 11 games in a season, is the 1964 and 1977 editions.

Adams’ 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave Arkansas (11-2) a 10-0 advantage.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes.

Kansas State, who finishes the season at 10-3, scored 16 points in a row to close to within 19-16.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein tied the Big 12 record with his 27th rushing touchdown of the season and matched the Football Bowl Subdivision record for a quarterback.

GAME NOTES:

*Although the two schools are less than 400 miles apart, they have played only four times, with the last meeting in 1967. Kansas State leads the series 3-2.

* The Razorbacks only losses were to LSU and Alabama, the national title contenders.

* The Wildcats losses were to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

* Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing for more than 285 yards a game.

* Arkansas WR Jarius Wright had 1,029 yards receiving on 63 receptions and 11 touchdowns. All of his stats are single-season school records. He produced all of those stats in 11 games and sat our one game with an injury. He led the SEC with 6 catches and 94 yards a game.

* Kansas State QB Collin Klein is very good. He accounted for 66% of the plays that the Wildcats and 69% of the team’s total offense. The 6’5, 226-pound junior rushed for 1,099 yards this season.

 

Info compiled from University of Arkansas, Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

 

Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 8th in pre-season poll

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team is ranked eighth in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll.

 

The Razorbacks return 19 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 40-22 record and won the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas returns five position starters from last year’s team, including freshman All-American Dominic Ficociello, who hit .335 with four homers and 50 RBI in 2011.

Dominic Ficociello (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

On the mound, the Razorbacks return 10 pitchers, led by junior DJ Baxendale, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after going 10-2 with a 1.58 ERA last year. The Razorbacks also bring back freshman All-Americans Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn. Astin went 5-2 with three saves a 2.72 ERA last season, while Sanburn posted a 2-4 record with a team-high eight saves and a 3.62 ERA.

 

The SEC was well represented in the poll with six league teams among the top 40. Joining Arkansas in the top 10 are Florida at No. 1 and defending national champion South Carolina at No. 2. LSU (No. 12), Georgia (No. 18) and Vanderbilt (No. 23) are also ranked in the poll. Two of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents in 2012 were among the top 40 as Texas (No. 5) and Oklahoma (No. 16) were included in the rankings.

 

Arkansas opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Villanova at Baum Stadium.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

 

Petrino rejoins Arkansas football staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Petrino as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks.

Paul Petrino most recently completed his second season as offensive coordinator at Illinois, and has 20 years of collegiate experience and an impressive offensive background, which includes national top-10 rankings in scoring and total offense.

“I am extremely thrilled to have Paul become a member of our staff again,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino. “Paul has had several options with high level programs the past few days and I’m excited he made the decision to rejoin our program. His experience the last two seasons, blended with our philosophy will give us continuity with our aggressive scheme. Paul has a talented offensive mind and he has had great success every step of his career. His offensive numbers and rankings speak for themselves, and he has always had an incredible ability to develop players.”

Paul Petrino (courtesy of Illinois athletics)

In 2011, Petrino coached A.J. Jenkins to one of the best seasons by a receiver in Illinois history, as Jenkins led the Big Ten with 84 catches. His 1,196 yards rank second in school history prior to Illinois’ appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and he also ranks in the school’s top-five in season receptions, season 100-yard receiving games, career receptions, career receiving yardage, career receiving touchdowns and career 100-yard receiving games.

Petrino guided an Illini offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54) in 2010 and featured running back Mikel Leshoure, who broke the single-season school rushing record with 1,697 yards. Illinois averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the last seven games of the season and notched a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl.

In 2009 as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, the team averaged 37 points per game, which ranked eighth in the NCAA, while also posting top-15 rankings in passing offense at No. 10 (303.3 ypg) and total offense at No. 14 (439.3 ypg). Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallet was the nation’s sixth-rated passer, averaging 285 yards per contest and throwing 29 touchdowns. The Razorbacks broke the school record for passing yards with 3,640, eclipsing the previous record that was set under Petrino in 2008.

Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06 and in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was the receivers coach in Atlanta after working the four previous years as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Louisville. Playing for Petrino, Roddy White enjoyed the best season of his pro career with 83 catches for 1,202 yards.

His teams at Louisville averaged 41.1 points per game from 2003-06; 34.6 in `03; 49.8 in `04; 43.3 in `05 and 37.8 in `06. Texas Tech was the only other school to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense during those years. In 50 games at Louisville, Petrino’s teams went 41-9 and scored 40 or more points 28 times and 60 or more seven times.

Petrino coached three wide receivers who set single-season yardage records at Louisville. Arnold Jackson totaled 1,209 yards in 1999, J.R. Russell broke the record in 2003 with 1,213 yards and Harry Douglas had 1,265 yards in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals went 12-1, won the Big East title and finished the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. Louisville was second in the country in total offense (475.3 ypg), seventh in passing (290.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (37.8 ppg). In 2005, Louisville (9-3) was ninth in the nation in offense (482.1) and third in scoring (43.4 ppg) with six offensive players earning first-team All-Conference honors. Running back Michael Bush led the nation with 24 touchdowns, while receiver Mario Urrutia was second in the nation in yards per catch.

The 2004 team won the Conference USA title, beat No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl, finished 11-1, finished ranked No. 7 in the nation, and led the nation in total offense (539.0 ypg) and scoring offense (49.8 ppg). The Cardinals set school records for total yards, rushing yards and points in a season (597), also scoring 50-plus points seven times. Russell earned All-Conference honors for the second-straight season after catching 73 passes. He had 75 catches for a school-record 1,213 yards in 2003.

Petrino began his coaching career in 1990-91 as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Carroll College. He coached at Idaho for the next three years (1992-94), where he tutored receivers, running backs and special teams. As running backs coach, he coached Sherriden May to All-America honors after he led I-AA players with 150 points while rushing for 1,111 yards. Petrino moved to Utah State from 1995-97 as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. In 1995, Aggies’ receiver Kevin Alexander was second in the nation in receptions and third in yards.

In 1998, Petrino went to Louisville for two years in his first stint at the school. In 1998, with brother, Bobby, coaching quarterbacks and Paul coaching receivers, UL set records for points (473), scoring average (39.4), touchdowns, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, completions and total offense. In 1998, the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing offense and ranked second in 1999.

From 2000-02, he was the quarterbacks coach at Southern Mississippi. In his three seasons, the Golden Eagles went 8-4, 6-5 and 7-6 with two bowl bids.

Born in Butte, Mont., Petrino was a four-year starter at quarterback for his father at Carroll College from 1985-88. He set 16 school records, earned Kodak All-America honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. In Petrino’s four seasons, Carroll was 36-6 and won four Frontier Conference titles. He was an All-Conference and All-Region selection all four years and was a two-time All-American. Petrino and his wife, Maya, have two daughters, Anne Mari and Ava, and a son, Mason. Anne Mari and Mason are twins.

Playing Experience: Carroll College, 1985-88

Bowl Games: Texas Bowl, 2010; Liberty Bowl 2010; Orange Bowl, 2007; Gator Bowl, 2006; Liberty Bowl, 2004; GMAC Bowl, 2003; Houston Bowl, 2002; GMAC Bowl, 2000; Humanitarian Bowl, 1999; Motor City Bowl, 1998; Humanitarian Bowl, 1997.

 

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas media relations

 

Arkansas’ Adams selected as All-American by FWAA

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams has been named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

Adams, who was selected as the team’s return specialist, is the first Razorback to earn All-America honors from the FWAA since Jonathan Luigs and Darren McFadden in 2007.

Joe Adams (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

The SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. In addition to Arkansas, only two other teams in the country have returned three punts for touchdowns this season. A finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, Adams also has three receiving touchdowns and scored on a 92-yard touchdown rush against Auburn, is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011.

His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. Adams ranks tied for second on the SEC’s single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference’s single-season record.

Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranks second on Arkansas’ all-time career receptions list with 159

Adams finishes his collegiate career Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks take on Kansas State.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas Media Relations

 

 

 

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