2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football
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Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2007 record 8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Houston Nutt (regular season)
Reggie Herring (bowl game)
Offensive coordinator David Lee
Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring (regular season)
Louis Campbell (bowl game)
Home stadium Donald 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
#12 Tennessee xy   6 2         10 4  
#2 Georgia x   6 2         11 2  
#13 Florida   5 3         9 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 7  
Western Division
#1 LSU x   6 2         12 2  
#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
† – BCS representative as 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 2007–2008 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.

Pre-season[edit]

Ranking[edit]

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

Pre-season coaching changes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Pre-season All-SEC Team[edit]

First Team[edit]

  • C Jonathan Luigs[15]
  • RB Darren McFadden[15]
  • RB/RS Felix Jones[15]
  • WR Marcus Monk[15]

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1, 2007 6:00 pm Troy* #20 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 46–26   73,926
September 15, 2007 5:45 pm at Alabama #16 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN L 38-41   92,138
September 22, 2007 5:00 pm #23 Kentucky Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN2 L 29-42   74,015
September 29, 2007 6:00 pm North Texas* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 66–7   66,343
October 6, 2007 6:00 pm Chattanooga* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 34–15   54,836
October 13, 2007 6:45 pm #25 Auburn Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN L 7-9   72,463
October 20, 2007 1:00 pm at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS W 44–8   52,671
October 27, 2007 1:00 pm Florida International*dagger Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 58–10   60,750
November 3, 2007 7:00 pm #25 South Carolina Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR ESPN2 W 48–36   70,742
November 10, 2007 11:30 am at #24 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN LFS L 13–34   104,459
November 17, 2007 1:00 pm Mississippi State War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45–31   55,185
November 23, 2007 1:30 pm at #1 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Boot) CBS W 50–48 3OT  92,606
January 1, 2008 10:30 am vs. #7 Missouri* #24 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) FOX L 7-38   73,114
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Post-season coaching changes[edit]

  • Head coach Houston Nutt resigned from his position on November 26, 2007. With Nutt's resignation, the Razorback's defensive coordinator Reggie Herring was named the interim head coach for the Razorback's bowl game.[16]
  • Due to Reggie Herring becoming the interim head coach, Louis Campbell coordinated the defense and Pierre Brown coached the linebackers in the Razorback's bowl game.[17]
  • On December 11, 2007, former Louisville Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino was introduced as the new coach.[18] However, Bobby 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 the Razorback's bowl game.

Awards[edit]

All-SEC Team[edit]

First Team[edit]

Second Team[edit]

Freshman Team[edit]

Cotton Bowl Classic[edit]

On December 2, 2007, the Arkansas Razorbacks accepted the invitation to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic against the Missouri Tigers.[28] Arkansas lost to Missouri, 38–7, and the their all-time record in the Cotton Bowl Classic fell to 3–7–1.

Game notes[edit]

Troy[edit]

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[edit]

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.[29]


Kentucky[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Last Meeting: First Meeting

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



Auburn[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Last Meeting: First Meeting

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



South Carolina[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Razorbacks 0 7 14 7 7 7 8 50
#1 Tigers 6 0 15 7 7 7 6 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



Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks roster
2007 Final Roster from ArkansasRazorbacks

Wide Receivers

  • -- Nigel Chandler – Redshirt Freshman
  • 1 Reggie Fish – Junior
  • 2 London Crawford – Sophomore
  • 13 Rod Coleman – Sophomore
  • 14 Joe Chaisson – Freshman
  • 15 Andrew Norman – Redshirt Freshman
  • 18 Robert Johnson – Senior
  • 19 Carlton Salters – Redshirt Freshman
  • 28 Chris Baker[disambiguation needed]Senior
  • 81 Marques Wade – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 Mitch PetrusJunior
  • 70 Cody Standridge – Redshirt Freshman
  • 71 Wade Grayson – Freshman
  • 72 Cody Green – Junior
  • 73 Ray Dominguez – Redshirt Freshman
  • 74 Kareem Crowell – Freshman
  • 75 Nate Garner – Senior
  • 76 Jim Hart – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt Freshman
  • -- Darrell Glasper – Freshman
  • -- Ryan Jones – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt Freshman
  • 44 Freddie Fairchild – Sophomore
  • 45 Aaron Fenton – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt Freshman
  • 59 Van Stumon – Redshirt 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 – Redshirt Freshman

Coaching staff[edit]

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

References[edit]

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