Arkansas Report Vs. Tennessee

Arkansas Report Vs. Tennessee

Quarterbacks — B+ Casey Dick showed poise in his first start of the season, and the sophomore gave Arkansas' offense the balance needed to free up running back Darren McFadden.

Dick got the scoring going midway through the first quarter when he found wide receiver Marcus Monk in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Dick completed 10 of 15 passes for 154 yards, and most importantly, didn't throw an interception. Running Backs — A Darren McFadden continued his late push for a Heisman Trophy with another big game, rushing for 128 of his 181 yards in the first half. He scored two touchdowns, passed for another and did more than enough to make up for his fumble at the 2-yard line early in the third quarter. Fellow sophomore Felix Jones added another 72 yards on 13 carries, even with fullback Peyton Hillis forced to sit because of a thigh injury. Wide Receivers — B+ As usual, it came down to Marcus Monk and not much else. The junior recorded his second straight 100-yard game and caught a pair of touchdown passes from Dick and McFadden in the first half. For the second week in a row, Monk had eight of the team's 11 catches, finishing with 137 yards. The next closest wide receiver was freshman Damian Williams, who had two catches for 23 yards. Offensive Line — A Left tackle Tony Ugoh had a dominant performance, center Jonathan Luigs played well and the offensive line as a whole didn't give up a single sack. After the game, McFadden credited his offensive line for opening holes "left and right" that made it easy for him to break off long runs and score two touchdowns. Even senior Jeremy Harrell got the job done after replacing injured offensive guard Stephen Parker. Defensive Line — A Jamaal Anderson showed the type of explosiveness that Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring had hoped to see from the junior defensive end. Frankly, Anderson was dominant throughout. He pressured Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton throughout, sacking him three times and making the freshman's first career start a nightmare. Defensive tackle Ernest Mitchell got in on the act with four tackles, including one for a loss. Linebackers — A- Weakside linebacker Sam Olajubutu seemed to be everywhere, recording one sack, forcing a fumble and getting 2.5 tackles for loss. He finished with eight tackles. Weston Dacus and Matt Hewitt each had six tackles, though Tennessee had some success running toward Hewitt's side of the field early on. But it wasn't much. Secondary — B+ Junior Kevin Woods stepped up after taking over the starting free safety position this week from Michael Grant, who will miss the remainder of the season because of what is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Woods recorded a team-high nine tackles and had the game's only interception. The secondary shut down Tennessee's usually dynamic wide receivers, but cornerback Matterral Richardson earned yet another personal foul penalty for a late hit. It was a foolish mistake, one that Richardson keeps making. Special Teams — B Brian Vavra knocked three of his six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, and Jeremy Davis made his only field-goal attempt, a 28-yarder. But Arkansas gained only 27 yards on two kickoff returns, and punter Jacob Skinner left a few of his punts short. Coaching — A Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and quarterback Jonathan Crompton admitted that Arkansas' secondary brought some pass coverages that they hadn't seen on film. Credit Herring for that. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn mixed up his playcalling and made the right decision to stick with McFadden at quarterback more than in any other game.

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