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Razorbacks’ Adams finalist for Hornung Award


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams has been selected as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

(courtesy of Arkansas athletics via wikipedia commons)

One of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football, 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. Adams, who 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.

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

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.

The 5’9, 190-pound senior and is a graduate of Central Arkansas Christian High School. He has earned four letters as a Razorback.

The other finalists up for the award, which goes to the most versatile player in major college football, are Brandon Boykin from Georgia, LaMichael James from Oregon and Toledo’s Eric Page. Fans can vote online at for the winner. The Hornung Award winner will be announced following the bowl games, and Arkansas’ AT&T Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 6 is the latest featuring a finalist. The winner will be honored on Feb. 2, 2012, at the Galt House in downtown Louisville during the annual Paul Hornung Award banquet, sponsored by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine.

Last season, Stanford fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award.


Press Release & Logo courtesy of Arkansas athletics

Paul Haynes leaves OSU to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator/DB coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Haynes as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Razorbacks.

Haynes most recently spent the last seven seasons at Ohio State where he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 after working with the defensive backs from 2005-10. While Haynes was in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six straight BCS games while consistently putting one of the best defenses in the Big Ten on the field. The OSU defensive backs earned five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes’ direction. Eight defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Paul Haynes (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Haynes has coached at Michigan State, Louisville, Kent State, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green in addition to one year as defensive quality control with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino. Haynes also worked with former Razorback coaches John L. Smith (Louisville and Michigan State) and Garrick McGee (Northern Iowa).

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Coach Petrino. “He has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Buckeyes led the country in total defense, allowing 233.0 yards per game, in scoring defense, giving up just 12.7 points per game, and in pass defense, as opponents passed for 150.2 yards per game. Ohio State also led the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 82.9 yards per game to rank third in the country, and in pass efficiency defense with a mark of 98.73, which was fourth in the nation.

The 2006 squad allowed just 12.8 points per game and 280.5 yards of total offense while running undefeated through all 12 games in the regular season. Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, twice defeated the No. 2 team in the country by taking down Texas in Austin and Michigan in Columbus.

In Haynes’ first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes finished the year with seven straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, to finish 10-2. OSU’s opponents scored 15.2 points per game and gained 281.3 yards of total offense, including just 73.4 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes grabbed six interceptions and recovered six fumbles as Whitner garnered first-team All-America honors.

Haynes spent the 2002 season at Louisville, where he coached the cornerbacks under former Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).

Haynes followed Smith to Michigan State for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In those two years, the Spartans were 13-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska in 2003. In each year, safety Jason Harmon was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, and three other members of the secondary earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in those two seasons.

In 2003, the Spartans intercepted 15 passes and returned two for touchdowns. During the 2004 season, MSU picked off 17 passes, returning one for a touchdown, while collecting 241 yards on interception returns.

In 2001, Haynes was with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation — compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary. The Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).

He worked for two years at Kent State, where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000. Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.

Haynes served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.

Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sopho­more, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops.

Haynes and his wife, Denita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children – daughters Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.


Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics


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Tom Ostrom added to new Dayton staff as assistant


Tom Ostrom (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

New University of Dayton head basketball coach Archie Miller continues to build his own staff.

He has added 41-year-old Tom Ostrom from the University of Arkansas basketball program.

Ostrom spent four seasons at Arkansas on John Pelphrey’s staff. The Razorbacks were 69-59 during those years with one NCAA appearance. Ostrom was instrumental in recruting the seventh-ranked class in the country this season.

Ostrom also was Pelphrey’s right-hand man in the three seasons before coaching at Arkansas. Ostrom was an assistant to Pelphrey at South Alabama from 2004-2007. USA played in the NCAA and NIT after enjoying the largest turnaround in college basketball in 2006, improving from 10 wins in 2004-05 to 24 wins and the Sun Belt title in 2005-06.

Prior to his job at USA, Ostrom spent seven years under Billy Donovan at Florida, the fist five as administrative assistant/video coordinator (1998-2002) and the final two as an assistant coach (2003-04). While at Florida, the Gators played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years, advanced to the Sweet 16 in twice and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000.

A 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in Sports Management and Human Development, Ostrom worked in the Golden Gopher men’s basketball program as an undergrad while Clem Haskins was the head coach.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics



Former Razorback golfer Lewis wins first LPGA major


Former University of Arkansas All-American Stacy Lewis won her first professional event at the 40th Annual Kraft Nabisco Championship at the Dinah Shore Championship Course in Rancho Mirage, California this past weekend.

Lewis, a four-time All-Southeastern Conference and All-American for the Razorbacks, began the final day of the tournament in second place after moving back and forth between the lead and the top spots for the first three rounds.

The Woodlands, Texas, native opened play with a six-under 66 in a round with six birdies. She carded a 69 on the second round and had a 71 on her third third scorecard. Lewis finished with a 69 for 275. The win earned Lewis $300,000.

Stacy Lewis (courtesy of LPGA)

Lewis battled with Yani Tseng in the final round and the players exchanged the lead until Lewis birdied the 389-yard par four 12th hole with a 12-foot putt. With that birdie, Lewis took a two-shot lead over the defending champion and current #1 player in the world in Tseng.

Lewis tied for fifth as an amateur in 2007 and becomes the fourth player to win her first golf event at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State vs. #8 Arkansas in New Orleans

(courtesy of Sugar Bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic will feature the University of Arkansas, from the Southeastern Conference, against the Ohio State Buckeyes, from the Big Ten Conference, tonight January 4.

The game will be played in the Louisiana Superdome at 8:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

This will be the sixth Sugar Bowl appearance by the Razorbacks, the seventh-most in history. However, this will be Arkansas’ first trip to the Sugar Bowl since 1980. Ohio State will be making its fourth trip to the Sugar Bowl, and its first since 1999. The Buckeyes also made an appearance following the 2007 season, battling LSU in the 2008 BCS Championship Game hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Arkansas is 1-4 in its five previous appearances, while the Buckeyes are 1-2. Schools that are currently in the Big Ten have a 2-7 all-time record in the sugar Bowl, while SEC teams have registered a 33-34-1 record.

Overall, the Razorbacks have made 42 bowl appearances, winning 12 games.

The Buckeyes are making their 42nd bowl appearance, having 19 wins.

While this is the first meeting between Arkansas and Ohio State, the Razorbacks have played six games against Big Ten teams, posting a 1-5 mark (defeated Northwestern in 1981). Ohio State has a 7-11-2 all-time mark against SEC teams.


46 237 Jim Tressel On Playing in Sugar Bowl against Arkansas (V-Teck)

46 238 Jim Tressel On facing Arkansas first time ever & Ryan Mallett (V-Teck)

46 239 Jim Tressel Two great conferences playing SEC & BTC (V-Teck)

46 241 Jim Tressel What comes to mind about Arkansas Ryan Mallett or running attack (V-Teck)

46 245 Jim Tressel OSU 9 BCS game in 13 yrs why is OSU attractive (V-Teck)

46 247 Jim Tressel On Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino (V-Teck)

46 249 Jim Tressel On team MVP Dane Sanzenbacher (V-Teck)

46 253 Jim Tressel On thoughts of Ryan Mallett as frosh what thought when he left UM (V-Teck)

46 256 Jim Tressel Why OSU always closes season strong in November (V-Teck)

Info courtesy of Sugar Bowl, Ohio State and Arkansas athletics news

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