Man Of His Word

No matter what happens the rest of the season - and after it for that matter - College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavaarres (6-2, 220) says he'll be at Arkansas next season to help move the program forward.

Arkansas linebacker commitment Myke Tavarres has started a new tradition – taking an interception to the house each week.

Tavarres (6-2, 220) has done that two Saturdays in a row for Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous (5-1), who are riding a four-game winning streak.

"It's just been a regular play where I drop in coverage and read the quarterback, go get it and then I only have to outrun the quarterback to the end zone," Tavarres said. "I can do that."

Tavarres, who has a team-high 38 tackles, remains steadfast in his pledge to the Razorbacks despite their struggles out of a gate to a 2-4 start.

"I just see it as being at a point in the program where change happened with (former Razorback head coach) Bobby Petrino doing what he did to get fired and then the coaches and players just not being able to handle the adversity," Tavarres said.

"I have met (current Arkansas head coach) John L. Smith and I think he is a great guy, a good coach and a guy that I really respect," Tavarres added. "But this team was made for Coach Petrino before he messed up and had it taken away from him because of that.

"It really is a situation where Coach Smith is doing his best, but it is a ship without a leader until they get the new head coach hired," Tavarres said. "We just need to do that when the season is over – get a head coach hired, be it a good one or a bad one, but then it will be his program and we can all move forward knowing who the boss is and how he wants things done."

Whomever is named head coach, he will have Tavarres - a mid-term graduate - on his team per the young man himself.

Texas A&M recently made a run at him and wanted him to take an official visit, but he rebuffed their advances.

"They called me and said they liked my tape and thought I could be a really good player for them," Tavarres said. "They also thought I might want to look around with what was going on at Arkansas.

"I simply told them that I appreciated their interest, but I had made a commitment to the University of Arkansas and that I planned to be a man of my word," Tavarres added. "I am going to help them get things turned around. I am committed to the school, the program, to my future teammates and to whomever is going to be my head coach."

Tavarres and his current teammates will look for their fifth win in a row on Saturday when they host Sacramento College and try to win their second Mid-Empire Conference game in as many tries.

"Our offense has really picked it up lately and our defense has really played great all year and has not given up more than 20 points in any one game," Tavarres said. "Usually we have given up a touchdown or less in our games and we are going to try and keep that going."

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