Franklin County Feud

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with 2015 Arkansas quarterback commit and Charleston star Ty Storey (6-3, 222), who has already passed for 777 yards and eight touchdowns in just two games and gets set to take on a big rival on Friday night.

If you looked at just the stats, it would be hard not to be impressed with the start of Arkansas 2015 quarterback commit Ty Storey of Charleston.

After all, he has thrown for 777 yards and eight touchdowns in wins over Clarksville (49-14) and Gentry (22-15).

But Storey was not happy with his ball control in the last game against the Pioneers – with two interceptions among his team's five turnovers – so he is anxious to hit the field again on Friday night.

"We've started off 2-0 and it's been pretty good, but we didn't play our best last week and I certainly could play better," Storey said. "We have been working hard in practice this week to be ready for this week's game, which is a big one."

That would be the "Franklin County Feud" with Charleston at Ozark.

"It's a really big game for the two schools and that's why it has its own name – the Franklin County Feud," Storey said. "We're all really looking forward to it."

Storey, who passed for 4,397 yards and 46 touchdowns as a sophomore, chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Auburn and Tulsa and interest from a host of others.

He had major knee surgery at the hands of famed doctor James Andrews in the off-season after playing the end of the year with what turned out to be both ACL and MCL tears.

"I feel great and 100 percent since this summer and don't even think about that anymore," Storey said. "I'm just going out trying to make plays and do anything I can to help my team win."

Storey has hooked up with wideout Taylor King on 16 passes for 288 yards - including a 91-yard TD pass against Gentry – while Chance Shelby had eight receptions for 108 yards against the Pioneers.

"We have some great playmakers on our team and I am very fortunate to have them around," Storey said.

He's taken in two of the three Razorback games so far this season and likes what he sees.

"I think they are coming along really well with the 3-0 record going to Rutgers this weekend," Storey said. "I think the offense is really running the ball great and Brandon (Allen) was really hitting on some big passes and doing some great things before he got hurt.

"I know they didn't throw it much at all last week with the back-up, but I am sure that will be different this week," Storey added.

Storey said he expects Arkansas' A.J. Derby to impress much more this week with a full work week and all the starter's reps in practice.

"I know on our level that there is nothing like being able to practice all week, mastering the game plan and working with the first team offense," Storey said. "I obviously don't know how it is in Fayetteville, but I suspect it is the same thing on the college level.

"He'll know exactly what he needs to do this week for him to be successful and for the team to be successful and he'll have confidence in that game plan," Storey added. "I know the team will have confidence in him."

Storey stressed that he is fully committed to Arkansas, but that hasn't stopped other programs from continuing to recruit him in earnest as of Sept. 1 when juniors could be contacted.

"To be honest, it's gotten pretty hectic with facebook messsages and texts and things like that," Storey said. "They know I am going to be a Razorback, but haven't given up and that's flattering. But I am fully committed to Arkansas."

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