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September 1, 2012

It has begun

Game Day 2012

Jacksonville State

John L. Smith

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#10 Arkansas Razorbacks


Jacksonville State Gamecocks

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0-0 (0-0 OVC)

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

Fayetteville, Ark. | 72,000 | September 1, 2012

Radio: ARSN | TV: Pay-Per-View

Jack Crowe was head coach at Arkansas in 1990-1992 before being fired

following a 10-3 opening day loss to The Citadel in '92, which was the

most embarrassing defeat in the history of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Jack Crowe

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rkansas welcomes the Gamecocks in Fayetteville to open the season - not South Carolina, but O hio Valley Conference member Jacksonville State.

Last season the Gamecocks finished 7-4, including 6-2 in conference and 4-2 on the road. That road record includes a 38-14 loss to SEC member Kentucky in Lexington. While JSU opens the season with SEC member Arkansas this season, the Gamecocks also wrap up the regular season at SEC member Florida in Gainesville.

Saturday's game will mark the 119th season opener (92-22-4) for the Razorbacks since the school picked up football for the 1894 season, 23 years after the UA opened.

Crowe served as offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield for the 1989 season until Hatfield took the head job at Clemson. Crowe was then promoted to head coach.

Crowe went 3-8 (1-7 SWC) when he followed Hatfield's back-to-back 10-2 teams. The next year he went 6-6 (5-3) before losing to The Citadel one game into the 1992 season.

Arkansas has been ranked in the AP poll for 33 weeks dating to the 2010 preseason. This is their 11th time to open in the top 10, first since the year before Crowe took over.

Arkansas has won 16 of the last 20 openers, including 9 of the last 10. The only loss in the last 10 came at the hands of USC in 2006, but the Hogs went on to win 10-straight.

The Hogs went 7-0 at home in 2011, first undefeated home slate since 1999. Their 11-straight wins is fifth-best in the nation. 19 home wins in three years the SEC's second-best.

The most interesting aspect of this FCS level opponent (formerly known as Division I-AA) is that they are led by former Razorback head coach Jack Crowe. While he lasted just over two seasons at Arkansas, he is already into his 13th season with the Gamecocks, compiling a record of 81-52. Since JSU joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2003, Crowe has never led them to a losing season, and they have finished first in the conference four times.

Crowe would like nothing more than to flip the tables on Arkansas. As he entered his third season as head coach at the UA, Sept. 5, 1992, one game into the season, Crowe's Razorbacks lost to Southern Conference and Division I-AA member The Citadel, 10-3. That marked the end of the Jack Crowe era in Fayetteville, and it is considered to be the worst loss in the history of the school.

While this Arkansas program is light years ahead of the one that produced the 1992 team, the UA is in a state of flux. While most in Razorback nation are optimistic about the upcoming season there is still room for concern heading into the first game that this transition may not be so smooth, despite the fact that the goal is to create as little change as possible for this season in the wake of Bobby Petrino's untimely ouster in the spring.

This Razorback team is also nowhere near the product that Ole Miss put on the field the past two seasons under former Razorback coach Houston Nutt, either. Nutt's Rebels lost the Sept 4, 2010 season opener to Crowe's Jacksonville State squad in overtime, 49-48 in Oxford. Crowe's Gamecocks started off 8-0 that season and went on to finish 9-3 while Ole Miss suffered through a 4-8 season. Nutt called the loss the worst in his professional career.

The Gamecocks will be led by senior tailback Washaun Ealey, 5-11, 212, a transfer from the University of Georgia who had over 1,500 rushing yards under his belt on the FBS level. Ealey is a former pre-season All-SEC selection who was rated the No. 11 running back prospect in the nation out of Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute in 2009. In August of 2010 he was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, a hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.

Suspended for the season opener, he still went on to rush for 811 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He went for 123 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (7.2 ypc) against Vanderbilt and followed that performance up at Kentucky with 28 rushes for 157 yards (5.6 ypc) and a school record-tying five touchdowns.

Then in February of 2011, he was suspended for missing a punishment and missed almost all of the spring. He was later granted a release and transferred to Jacksonville State. Ealey rushed 12 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in the JSU spring game. Last season he rushed 178 times for 1,082 yards (6.1 ypc) for the nine-win Gamecocks.

Senior Marques Ivory, 6-1, 235, and sophomore Steven Coats, 6-2, 190, will compete for the starting quarterback job at JSU this year. Ivory missed all but one game in 2011 with an injury but has thrown for 2,740 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career. Coty Blanchard took over for Ivory last season after he was injured in the first game against UT Martin. Ivory completed 5 of 10 passes for 56 yards in that game before being knocked out of it.

Coats is coming off a 16 of 19 passing performance in the spring game. He finished with 216 yards and three touchdowns. Five of those passes went for 68 yards to senior receiver Alan Bonner, 5-11, 168. Bonner is an explosive player who is also impressive as a return specialist.

Junior linebacker Rashad Smith, 6-1, 210, is the leader on defense after registering 77 tackles and an interception last season. Sophomore Pierre Warren had 37 tackles and intercepted three passes last season at safety.

Jacksonville State is located in Jacksonville (Ala.) and is home to approximately 9,500 students. The school colors are Red and White.

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Arkansas Total Offense
J'ville St. Total Defense

1st* -438.1

4th - 391.5

Arkansas Scoring Offense
J'ville St. Scoring Defense

1st -36.8

3rd - 26.8

Arkansas Passing Offense
J'ville St. Passing Defense

1st -300.7

8th - 225.5

Arkansas Rushing Offense
J'ville St. Rushing Defense

9th -137.4

3rd - 166.1

Arkansas Total Defense
J'ville St. Total Offense

9th -362.8

5th - 383.1

Arkansas Scoring Defense
J'ville St. Scoring Offense

9th - 22.6

5th - 2 9.5

Arkansas Passing Defense
J'ville St. Passing Offense

10th -195.2

6th - 163.2

Arkansas Rushing Defense

9th -167.6

2nd - 219.9

*-denotes rank in conference for 2011 season. Arkansas is in the SEC, and Jacksonville State is in the Ohio Valley

Notable Prospects Expected

  • Austin Allen, 2013 QB, Fayetteville (Ark.) - Committed to Arkansas
  • Aubry Beal, 2013 OL, DeSoto (Texas) - Camped at Arkansas this summer
  • Tevin Beanum, 2013 DE, Forrest City (Ark.) - Committed to Arkansas
  • Alex Brignoni, 2013 S, Fayetteville (Ark.) - Committed to Arkansas
  • Chase Carney, 2013 OL, Fayetteville (Ark.)
  • Javion Clifton, 2013 OL, Searcy (Ark.) - Camped at Arkansas this summer
  • Brooks Ellis, 2013 LB, Fayetteville (Ark.) - Committed to Arkansas
  • Josh Frazier, 2014 DT, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber - Offer from Arkansas
  • Brice Gahagans, 2013 RB, Fayetteville (Ark.)
  • Matt Griffin, 2013 OL, Denton (Texas) Ryan - Been on radar for some time
  • Gerald Hardridge, 2013 WR, Tulsa (Okla.) Central - Keon Hatcher's cousin
  • Mark Johnson, 2013 DB, Prescott (Ark.) - Arkansas State commit
  • Chris Jones, 2013 RB-LB, DeQueen (Ark.)
  • Lamar Jordan, 2013 ATH, Frisco (Texas) - Owns a few offers
  • Garrett Kaufman, 2013 LB, Bentonville (Ark.) - Arkansas State commit
  • Nathan Lee, 2013 K, Jones (Okla.) - Found by Steve Caldwell
  • Donald Lollis, 2013 ATH, Prescott (Ark.)
  • Aren Martin, 2013 WR, Waynesville (Mo.) - Visited UA several times now
  • Cre Moore, 2013 CB, Broken Arrow (Okla.) - Back on the radar
  • Austin Nutt, 2013 LB, Fordyce (Ark.)
  • Rafe Peavey, 2014 QB, Bolivar (Mo.) - Committed to Arkansas
  • Parker Pedigo, 2014 OL, Glendale (Mo.)
  • B.J. Ross, 2013 LB, Bearden (Ark.) - Visited UA several times now
  • Brayden Scott, 2013 QB, Tahlequah (Okla.) - Memphis commit
  • Ty Storey, 2015 QB, Charleston (Ark.) - Stands great chance of landing offer eventually
  • Austin Vail, 2014 WR, Bryant (Ark.) - One of state's better players next year
  • Predictions

    Danny West: 48-10, Arkansas

    Trey Biddy: 49-7

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