2018 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2018 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
2018 record 0–0 (0–0 SEC)
Head coach Chad Morris (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock (1st season)
Defensive coordinator John Chavis (1st season)
Home stadium

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 76,800)

War Memorial Stadium (Alternate)
(Capacity: 54,120)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
West Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss*   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2018
  • * – Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of June 21, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Arkansas Razorbacks football team will represent the University of Arkansas in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks will play their home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with one home game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas will play as a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Razorbacks will be led by first-year head coach Chad Morris.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Arkansas in current position
Alma mater
Chad Morris Head coach 1st Texas A&M '92
Joe Craddock Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks 1st Middle Tennessee State '08
John Chavis Defensive coordinator/Linebackers 1st Tennessee '78
Jeff Traylor Associate head coach/Running backs 1st Stephen F. Austin '90
Barry Lunney Jr. Tight ends 6th Arkansas '96
Justin Stepp Wide reveivers 1st Furman '07
Dustin Fry Offensive line 1st Clemson '06
Steve Caldwell Defensive line 1st Arkansas State '77
John Scott Jr. Defensive line 2nd Western Carolina '00
Ron Cooper Secondary 1st Jacksonville State '83
Mark Smith Secondary 1st Hardin–Simmons '00
Trumain Carroll Head strength & conditioning coach 1st Oklahoma State '05
Reference:[1]

Coaching changes[edit]

Chad Morris, former head coach at Southern Methodist University, was hired on December 6, 2017, to be the 33rd head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks,[2] following the dismissal of Bret Bielema just under two weeks prior.[3] On January 9, 2018, Joe Craddock was named offensive coordinator,[4] and John Chavis was named defensive coordinator.[5] Both had previously served the same roles at SMU and Texas A&M, respectively.

Barry Lunney Jr., the tight ends coach, and John Scott Jr., a defensive line coach, were the only two assistants retained, and will enter their sixth and second seasons, respectively, in their current positions with the Razorbacks.

Preseason[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Razorbacks signed a total of 17 recruits.

Boateng retirement[edit]

On June 8, 2018, it was announced that Arkansas wide receiver Kofi Boateng was retiring from football following two knee injuries.[6]

Spring game[edit]

The 2018 Arkansas Red-White Spring Football Game took place at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. CT on April 7,[7][8] it was broadcast on the SEC Network.[9] The white team consisted of the offense and the red team consisted of the defense.

The spring game followed a different format: the game was played in twelve minute quarters, rather than fifteen, with a running clock in the second half, the game was scored traditionally on offense (white team), but the defense (red team) could earn points for a variety of achievements (6 pts. for touchdown, 3 for turnover or 4th down stop, 2 for three-and-out, 2 for blocked kick, 1 for sack or TFL).[10]

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance Source
April 7 1:00 p.m. Red vs. White Spring Game War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR SECN White 27–25 7,000 [10][11]

Schedule[edit]

The Razorbacks' 2018 schedule consists of 7 home games, 4 away games, and 1 neutral game in the regular season, the Razorbacks will host SEC foes Alabama, Ole Miss (in Little Rock), Vanderbilt, and LSU, and will travel to Auburn, Mississippi State, and Missouri. Arkansas will play against Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas for the fifth year in a row.

Arkansas will host three of its four of its non–conference games: against Eastern Illinois from the Ohio Valley Conference, North Texas from Conference USA, and Tulsa from the American Athletic Conference. The lone away non–conference game will see the Hogs travel to Fort Collins, Colorado to play Colorado State, from the Mountain West Conference.

Per southernpigskin.com, the Razorbacks' schedule ranks as the 39th-toughest of the 66 Power Five teams in the nation.[12]

Date Time Opponent# Site TV Result Attendance Source
September 1 3:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois* SECN [13]
September 8 6:30 p.m. at Colorado State* CBSSN [14][15]
September 15 3:00 p.m. North Texas*
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
SECN [16]
September 22 at Auburn [17]
September 29 vs. Texas A&M [18]
October 6 Alabama
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
[19]
October 13 Ole Miss [20]
October 20 Tulsa*dagger
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
[21]
October 27 Vanderbilt
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
[22]
November 10 LSU
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)
[23]
November 17 at Mississippi State [24]
November 24 at Missouri [25]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summaries[edit]

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(FCS) Panthers 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP EIU ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics EIU ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
EIU Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

at Colorado State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0
Rams 0
Location: Canvas StadiumFort Collins, Colorado
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 Sep. 30, 1990 W, 31–20
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARK CSU
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics ARK CSU
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving
CSU Passing
Rushing
Receiving

North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–0 Sep. 29, 2007 W, 66–7
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP NT ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics NT ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
NT Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

at Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0
Tigers 0
Location: Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–15–1 Oct. 21, 2017 L, 20–52
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARK AUB
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics ARK AUB
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving
AUB Passing
Rushing
Receiving

vs. Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–30–3 Sep. 23, 2017 L, 43–50 (OT)
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP A&M ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics A&M ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
A&M Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Crimson Tide 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–18 Oct. 14, 2017 L, 9–41
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP BAMA ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics BAMA ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
BAMA Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–28–1 Oct. 28, 2017 W, 38–37
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MISS ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics MISS ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
MISS Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Hurricane 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
54–16–3 Nov. 3, 2012 W, 19–15
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Tulsa ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics Tulsa ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Tulsa Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–2 Oct. 29, 2011 W, 31–28
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP VAN ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics VAN ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
VAN Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0
Razorbacks 0
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–39–2 Nov. 11, 2017 L, 10–33
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP LSU ARK
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics LSU ARK
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
LSU Passing
Rushing
Receiving
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving

at Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0
Bulldogs 0
Location: Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–11–1 Nov. 18, 2017 L, 21–28
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARK MSST
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics ARK MSST
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving
MSST Passing
Rushing
Receiving

at Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0
Tigers 0
Location: Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 Nov. 24, 2017 L, 45–48
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARK MIZ
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.
Statistics ARK MIZ
First downs
Total yards
Rushes–yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
ARK Passing
Rushing
Receiving
MIZ Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Statistics[edit]

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0
Non-conf. opponents 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0
SEC opponents 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0
All opponents 0

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP  
Coaches  
CFP Not released Not released

Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club

References[edit]

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