2007 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Team
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2007 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Team

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football
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ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2007 record8-5 (4-4 SEC)
Head coach
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 Southeastern Conference 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

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.

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-season

Ranking

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

Pre-season coaching changes

  • 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 watches

Pre-season All-SEC Team

First Team

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

Season

Schedule

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*dagger
  • 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 changes

  • 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.

Awards

All-SEC Team

First Team

Second Team

Freshman Team

Cotton Bowl Classic

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 summaries

Troy

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


Alabama

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]

Kentucky

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 Texas

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


Chattanooga

Last Meeting: First Meeting

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


Auburn

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 Miss

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 International

Last Meeting: First Meeting

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


South Carolina

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.

Tennessee

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 State

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


LSU

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)

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


Personnel

Roster

Coaching staff

References

  1. ^ Schad, Joe (January 15, 2007). "Arkansas' Malzahn headed to Tulsa; Mustain next?". ESPN. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ "David Lee Named Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach". Hogwired. January 17, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ Report: Malzahn Leaving Arkansas For Tulsa | RazorBloggers Network
  4. ^ The Morning News: News : Lee Hired As Offensive Coordinator At Arkansas[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Campbell Named Assistant AD and Vaughn Returns to Football Field". Hogwired. February 21, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "Health issues force Danny Nutt to resign as Arkansas RBs coach". USA Today. July 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ "Tim Horton in as Arkansas RBs coach". USA Today. July 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  8. ^ Buchanan, Olin (April 27, 2007). "The 2007 Contenders: Outland/Lombardi Awards". Rivals. Archived from the original on January 26, 2008. Retrieved 2007.
  9. ^ "Jonathan Luigs Named to Outland Trophy Watch List". Hogwired. June 12, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  10. ^ Buchanan, Olin (April 5, 2007). "Heisman contenders all chasing McFadden". Rivals. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  11. ^ a b c "Trio of Razorbacks Named to Maxwell Award Watch List". Hogwired. June 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  12. ^ Buchanan, Olin (March 12, 2007). "The 2007 Contenders: Doak Walker Award". Rivals. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  13. ^ "McFadden Named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List". Hogwired. August 22, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
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  15. ^ "Jeremy Davis Named to 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List". Hogwired. September 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  16. ^ a b c d "2007 SEC Football Media Days Voting Announced". SEC Sports. July 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  17. ^ "Houston Nutt Steps Down as Razorback Football Coach". Hogwired. November 26, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  18. ^ "Reggie Herring Press Conference - Bowl Season". Hogwired. November 28, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  19. ^ "Bobby Petrino Named Razorback Football Coach". Hogwired. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved 2007.
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  25. ^ "McFadden, Jones Named Doak Walker Award Semifinalists". Hogwired. November 13, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  26. ^ "Farod Jackson Named Draddy Trophy Semifinalist". Hogwired. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
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  28. ^ a b c d "2007 SEC Football All-Freshman Team Announced". SEC Sports. December 6, 2007. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. Retrieved 2007.
  29. ^ "Razorbacks Accept Cotton Bowl Invitation to Play Missouri". Hogwired. December 2, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2007.
  30. ^ "Caddell TD caps wild finish as Bama upsets Arkansas". ESPNU.com. The Disney Company. September 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007.

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