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2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks played six home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas and two home games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football
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ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2007 record8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachHouston Nutt (10th season, regular season)
Reggie Herring (bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorDavid Lee (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorReggie Herring (3rd season, regular season)
Louis Campbell (bowl game)
Home stadiumDonald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)

War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,727)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 12 Tennessee xy   6 2         10 4  
No. 2 Georgia x%   6 2         11 2  
No. 13 Florida   5 3         9 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 7  
Western Division
No. 1 LSU x$#   6 2         12 2  
No. 15 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Arkansas   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Alabama   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         3 9  
Championship: LSU 21, Tennessee 14
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had 5 victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 2–6 (1–4).
Rankings from AP Poll

Running back Darren McFadden entered his name into the 2008 NFL Draft after the 2007 season. He left Arkansas holding most of the school's rushing records, to include rushing yards in a single game (321), a season (1,830), and a career (4,590). The single game total is also an SEC record. McFadden became only the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, along with former Hog Ben Cowins. McFadden also became the second player in SEC history with three straight 1,000 yard seasons, alongside Herschel Walker.

Pre-seasonEdit

RankingEdit

The 2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team was selected in the top 25 in several pre-season polls.

Pre-season coaching changesEdit

  • Due to plans for David Lee to be hired as its co-offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn departed to Tulsa. Malzahn's departure led to Lee being named the sole offensive coordinator.[1][2][3][4]
  • Louis Campbell was previously the secondary coach, but was moved off the field after being named Assistant Athletic Director for Administrative Services.[5]
  • Alex Wood was previously the quarterbacks coach but was moved to wide receivers coach.[5]
  • Chris Vaughn was named the safeties coach and will continue his role as the Director of On-Campus Recruiting.[5]
  • Due to Danny Nutt's resignation as the running backs coach because of a recurrence of bleeding from his brain stem, the University of Arkansas has hired Tim Horton as its running backs coach.[6][7]

Pre-season award watchesEdit

Pre-season All-SEC TeamEdit

First TeamEdit

  • C Jonathan Luigs[16]
  • RB Darren McFadden[16]
  • RB/RS Felix Jones[16]
  • WR Marcus Monk[16]

SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 pmTroy*No. 20W 46–2673,926
September 155:45 pmat AlabamaNo. 16ESPNL 38–4192,138
September 225:00 pmNo. 23 Kentucky
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPN2L 29–4274,015
September 296:00 pmNorth Texas*
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
W 66–766,343
October 66:00 pmChattanooga*W 34–1554,836
October 136:45 pmNo. 25 Auburn
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPNL 7–972,463
October 201:00 pmat Ole MissW 44–852,671
October 271:00 pmFIU* 
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
W 58–1060,750
November 37:00 pmNo. 25 South Carolina
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ESPN2W 48–3670,742
November 1011:30 amat No. 24 TennesseeLFSL 13–34104,459
November 171:00 pmMississippi State
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR
W 45–3155,185
November 231:30 pmat No. 1 LSUCBSW 50–48 3OT92,606
January 110:30 amvs. No. 7 Missouri*No. 24FOXL 7–3873,114

Post-season coaching changesEdit

  • Head coach Houston Nutt resigned from his position on November 26, 2007. With Nutt's resignation, the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator Reggie Herring was named the interim head coach for the Razorbacks' bowl game.[17]
  • Due to Herring becoming the interim head coach, Louis Campbell coordinated the defense and Pierre Brown coached the linebackers in the Razorbacks' bowl game.[18]
  • On December 11, 2007, former Louisville Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino was introduced as the new coach.[19] However, Petrino handled recruiting for the Razorbacks for the 2008 season and did not coach the bowl game.
  • Chris Vaughn resigned from his position to head to Ole Miss. Because of this, Louis Campbell also coached the safeties in their bowl game.

AwardsEdit

All-SEC TeamEdit

First TeamEdit

Second TeamEdit

Freshman TeamEdit

Cotton Bowl ClassicEdit

On December 2, 2007, the Arkansas Razorbacks accepted the invitation to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic against the Missouri Tigers.[29] Arkansas lost to Missouri, 38–7, and their all-time record in the Cotton Bowl Classic fell to 3–7–1.

Game summariesEdit

TroyEdit

Last meeting: November 2, 2002, W 23–0

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 17 3 6 26
#20 Razorbacks 6 17 14 9 46


AlabamaEdit

Last Meeting: September 23, 2006, W 24–23 (2OT)

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Razorbacks 0 10 7 21 38
Crimson Tide 21 0 10 10 41

Alabama built an early 21-point lead but had to mount a come-from-behind drive in the final two minutes of the game in order to capture a 41–38 victory.[30]

KentuckyEdit

Last Meeting: November 1, 2003, W 71–63 (7 OT)

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Wildcats 7 7 7 21 42
Razorbacks 10 10 0 9 29


North TexasEdit

Last Meeting: September 20, 2003, W 31–7

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 7 0 0 7
Razorbacks 24 21 7 14 66


ChattanoogaEdit

Last Meeting: First Meeting

1 2 3 4 Total
Mocs 2 7 6 0 15
Razorbacks 14 3 7 10 34


AuburnEdit

Last Meeting: October 7, 2006, W 27–10

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Tigers 3 0 0 6 9
Razorbacks 0 0 0 7 7


Ole MissEdit

Last Meeting: October 21, 2006, W 38–3

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 14 7 7 16 44
Rebels 0 0 0 8 8


Florida InternationalEdit

Last Meeting: First Meeting

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Panthers 0 10 0 0 10
Razorbacks 10 21 10 17 58


South CarolinaEdit

Last Meeting: November 4, 2006, W 26–20

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Gamecocks 3 7 17 9 36
Razorbacks 21 7 14 6 48
 
The Arkansas backs warming up before their contest with South Carolina.

TennesseeEdit

Last Meeting: November 11, 2006, W 31–14

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 3 0 3 7 13
#24 Volunteers 10 10 7 7 34


Mississippi StateEdit

Last Meeting: November 18, 2006, W 28–14

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 0 10 14 31
Razorbacks 0 24 7 14 45


LSUEdit

Last Meeting: November 24, 2006, L 26–31

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
Razorbacks 0 7 14 7778 50
#1 Tigers 6 0 15 7776 48


Missouri (Cotton Bowl Classic)Edit

Last Meeting: December 31, 2003, W 27–14

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Razorbacks 0 0 7 0 7
#7 Tigers 7 7 14 10 38


PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks roster
2007 Final Roster from ArkansasRazorbacks

Wide Receivers

  • -- Nigel Chandler –   Freshman
  • 1 Reggie Fish – Junior
  • 2 London Crawford – Sophomore
  • 4 Mike Rhim – Senior
  • 14 Joe Chaisson – Freshman
  • 15 Andrew Norman –   Freshman
  • 18 Robert Johnson – Senior
  • 19 Carlton Salters –   Freshman
  • 28 Chris Baker – Senior
  • 81 Marques Wade –   Freshman
  • 84 Crosby Tuck – Freshman
  • 85 Marcus MonkSenior
  • 87 John Aaron Rees – Junior
  • 88 Lucas Miller – Sophomore
  • 89 Brian Langford – Freshman

Tight Ends

  • -- Blane Gibson – Sophomore
  • 45 D.J. Williams – Freshman
  • 80 Grant Freeman – Freshman
  • 80 Joseph Henry – Sophomore
  • 82 Andrew Davie – Sophomore
  • 83 Lance Thompson – Junior
  • 86 Ben Cleveland – Sophomore
  • 89 Jake Bequette – Freshman

Offensive Line

  • -- Clay Bemberg –   Freshman
  • -- Morris Carter – Freshman
  • -- Joel Scott – Freshman
  • 56 Colin Tucker – Sophomore
  • 58 Joey Crossland – Sophomore
  • 60 Seth Oxner – Freshman
  • 61 Robert Felton – Senior
  • 62 Michael Aguirre – Sophomore
  • 63 Jonathan Luigs – Junior
  • 64 Mike Moffitt – Senior
  • 64 Grant Cook – Freshman
  • 65 DeMarcus Love –   Freshman
  • 66 Mitch PetrusJunior
  • 70 Cody Standridge –   Freshman
  • 71 Wade Grayson – Freshman
  • 72 Cody Green – Junior
  • 73 Ray Dominguez –   Freshman
  • 74 Kareem Crowell – Freshman
  • 75 Nate Garner – Senior
  • 76 Jim Hart –   Freshman
  • 78 Jose Valdez – Junior
 

Quarterbacks

  • -- Alex Mortensen – Junior
  • 4 Brian Reader – Freshman
  • 10 Nathan Dick – Freshman
  • 11 Casey DickJunior
  • 15 Clark Irwin- Sophomore
  • 16 Nathan Emert – Junior
  • 17 Austin Tucker – Freshman

Tailbacks

  • -- Juwan Franklin – Freshman
  • -- Michael Harris – Freshman
  • -- Cliff Moore – Freshman
  • 5 Darren McFaddenJunior
  • 6 Brandon Barnett – Sophomore
  • 20 Torian Wilkins – Freshman
  • 21 Michael Smith – Sophomore
  • 25 Felix JonesJunior

Fullbacks

  • 9 Scott Bo – Freshman
  • 22 Peyton HillisSenior
  • 33 Farod Jackson – Senior
  • 38 Darcel Johnson – Freshman
  • 43 Robert Salinas – Sophomore
  • 43 Hezekiah Smith – Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • -- Seth Armbrust – Sophomore
  • -- Evan Bettis –   Freshman
  • -- Darrell Glasper – Freshman
  • -- Ryan Jones –   Freshman
  • -- Sean PenixJunior
  • -- Orion Runyan – Freshman
  • 2 Kenny Stockalper – Freshman
  • 3 Kevin Woods – Senior
  • 8 Michael Grant – Senior
  • 9 Matterral RichardsonSenior
  • 17 Shedrick Johnson – Junior
  • 20 Dallas Washington – Junior
  • 23 Greg Gatson – Freshman
  • 24 Isaac Madison – Freshman
  • 26 Ramon Broadway –   Freshman
  • 27 Jerell Norton – Sophomore
  • 29 Jamar Love – Junior
  • 31 Matt Hewitt – Senior
  • 32 Bret Harris – Freshman
  • 35 Rashaad Johnson – Sophomore
  • 36 Walner Leandre – Junior
  • 39 Matt Harris – Sophomore
 

Linebackers

  • -- John Durmon – Sophomore
  • -- Daniel Meador –   Freshman
  • -- Josh Minde – Freshman
  • 30 Weston DacusSenior
  • 34 Jerry Franklin – Freshman
  • 37 Jermaine Love – Freshman
  • 38 Elston Forte – Junior
  • 40 Tim Dial – Freshman
  • 41 Ryan Powers – Freshman
  • 42 Chip Gregory –   Freshman
  • 44 Freddie Fairchild – Sophomore
  • 45 Aaron Fenton –   Freshman
  • 46 Freddy Burton – Freshman
  • 47 Wendel Davis – Sophomore
  • 48 Desmond Williams – Junior
  • 49 Mark Bonner – Junior

Defensive Line

  • -- Chris Berezansky – Sophomore
  • 53 Adrian Davis – Sophomore
  • 54 Adrian Campbell – Freshman
  • 55 Marcus Harrison – Senior
  • 57 Donnell Sanders –   Freshman
  • 59 Van Stumon –   Freshman
  • 89 Charles Alexander – Junior
  • 90 Ernest Mitchell – Junior
  • 91 Fred Bledsoe – Senior
  • 92 Brandon Lampkin – Freshman
  • 93 Marcus Shavers – Junior
  • 94 Chris Wade – Senior
  • 95 Patrick Jones – Freshman
  • 96 Malcolm SheppardSophomore
  • 97 Antwain Robinson – Junior
  • 98 Cord Gray – Junior
  • 99 Damario Ambrose – Freshman

Punters

  • -- Cody Williams – Freshman
  • 4 Mitchell Smith – Sophomore
  • 50 Jeremy Davis – Junior

Kickers

  • -- Joel Hall – Sophomore
  • -- Tyler Steelman – Sophomore
  • 7 Alex Tejada – Freshman
  • 52 Brian Vavra – Junior

Long Snappers

  • 51 Rhett Richardson – Freshman
  • 53 Derrell Hartwick – Freshman
  • 56 Barrett Reynolds –   Freshman

Coaching staffEdit

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – David Lee
  • Quarterbacks – David Lee
  • Running Backs – Tim Horton
  • Wide Receivers – Alex Wood
  • Tight Ends – James Shibest
  • Offensive Line – Mike Markuson
  • Running Game Coordinator – Mike Markuson
  • Passing Game Coordinator – Alex Wood

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Reggie Herring
  • Defensive Coordinator – Louis Campbell
  • Linebackers – Reggie Herring
  • Linebackers – Pierre Brown
  • Safeties – Chris Vaughn §
  • Safeties – Louis Campbell
  • Cornerbacks – Bobby Allen
  • Defensive Line – Tracy Rocker
 

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Specialist – James Shibest

Administrative Staff

  • Athletic Director (AD) – Frank Broyles
  • Assistant AD for Internal Operations – Louis Campbell
  • Strength & Conditioning – Don Decker
  • Graduate Assistant – Jeff Norrid
  • Graduate Assistant – Courtney Sanders
  • Recruiting Coordinator – Chris Vaughn §
  • Director of High School Relations – Clifton Ealy
  • Director of Athletic Training – Dean Weber
  • Equipment Manager – Tim Cheney

§ Resigned before AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

Promoted for AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

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