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Arkansas Razorback Football post-spring notes

• The Arkansas staff underwent some changes at the end of the 2009 season. Garrick McGee was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after working with just the quarterbacks the previous two seasons. Arkansas hired Steve Caldwell to work with the defensive ends and Kris Cinkovich to coach the wide receivers. UA also named Chris Klenakis as offensive line coach.

• The UA coaching staff made strengthening the run game out of the "Shot" formation an emphasis during the spring. UA offensive line coach Chris Klenakis ran the "Pistol" as the offensive coordinator at Nevada prior to coming to Arkansas and in 2009 the Wolf Pack had the top-ranked rushing offense in the nation (344.9).

• On Jan. 8, 2010, UA quarterback Ryan Mallett announced his intentions to return to college football for his junior season. Mallett set or matched 16 different school records during his sophomore season completing 225-of-403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Mallett is the only Manning Award finalist from a conference with an automatic BCS bid returning to college football in 2010. He was an All-SEC second-team selection (AP, Coaches) in 2009. He led the SEC in total offense (276.5), touchdown passes (30) and passing yards per game (276.5) in his first year in the league. He is the only quarterback from a BCS conference returning this year that finished in the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency in 2009 (152.5).

• Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams announced his decision to return to Arkansas on Jan. 13, 2010 for his senior season. In 2009, Williams was named second-team All-SEC by the league coaches. He was named to the Lombardi and Mackey Award watch lists prior to last season. He was also a nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award. In 2008, he was the first Mackey Award semifinalist in school history.

• Coach Petrino has made a priority out of playing well at home. In 2009, Arkansas finished 6-1 at home and won each of its last five games to do so. The home win streak is tied for the third-longest in the SEC and the 15th-longest in the country. In 2009, Arkansas led the nation in touchdowns (44) and points (327) on its home field. In addition, Ryan Mallett led the country in quarterback rating (191.87) and yards per pass attempt (11.2) in home games.

• Arkansas' leaders in each of the following departments from last season are projected to return to the 2010 squad: passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, scoring, all-purpose yards, tackles, sacks, interceptions, pass break ups, quarterback hurries, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, kickoff returns, punting, field goals, punting and blocked punts.

• Arkansas is poised to return nine starters on offense and seven on defense. Of the nine on offense, five are juniors and four are seniors. Of the seven on defense, four are juniors and three are seniors.

• Arkansas returns players who accounted for 100 percent its passing yards in 2010, 85 percent of its receiving yards and 75 percent of its rushing yards.

• Each of the top five receivers from the 2009 squad are set to return along with each of the starting wide receivers and the starting tight end from last season. Players who accounted for 30 of the 32 receiving touchdowns in 2009 are expected to return to the team.

• In the final week of spring football, the UA coaching staff moved Rudell Crim to safety. Crim started all 13 games at cornerback during the 2009 season. Prior to coming to Arkansas, he was a junior college All-American at safety while attending Butler County Community College.


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