McFadden, Jones Give Hogs' Double Whammy

LITTLE ROCK -- The coming-out party for Arkansas freshman running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones continued with a vengeance on Saturday night.

Against Louisiana-Monroe, McFadden and Jones rushed for 125 and 102 yards respectively (with two touchdowns each) to become the first freshman tandem in school history to top the century mark in the same game.

Jones smiled at the news.

"That's a nice little milestone," he said.

McFadden knew both men had surpassed 100 yards, but he said, "I didn't know we were the first freshmen to do it."

Their teammates seemed genuinely happy for them.

Hogs senior tailback/flanker Dedrick Poole of Little Rock said, "Oh, man, those are two big-time players. Anything we can do to get them in the game is great -- their potential is untapped. Our coaches have been trying to get them more carries and tonight they did. In the next three or four years, both guys are going to have a great career here."

Peyton Hillis, who played both fullback and tailback for Arkansas on Saturday, agreed with Poole.

"Those are two great freshman backs," Hillis said. "When I'm blocking for them, I don't have to hold my blocks as long because all they need is a little crease."

McFadden needed just 11 carries to do his damage against the Indians, while Jones had 14 totes.

"I didn't think at halftime I'd get 100 yards, but our line did great," Jones said.

McFadden said he took a hit on his bruised left shoulder during the first half, when he had 118 yards on just 10 carries.

He bounced back from a first-carry fumble, on which he said he was carrying the ball incorrectly.

Jones and McFadden formed a mutual admiration society after the game, even as they signed footballs for youngsters and handled numerous TV interviews in a happy Hogs locker room.

"Darren has the power to run over somebody and change the whole game," Jones said. "If somebody gets in front of him, I feel sorry for them."

In turn, McFadden said about Jones, "He has such good quickness. I like how he makes his moves -- I'm trying to learn from that."

McFadden's high school coach, John Mayes of Pulaski Oak Grove, was all smiles outside the UA dressing room after the game.

"No, I'm not surprised by Darren," Mayes said. "I knew he'd make an impact the first time he stepped on the field for Arkansas. He didn't know all the schemes at first, but I wish now he could have played a little more in the first two games."

Mayes said he took McFaddden to Arkansas' summer camp after the running back's sophomore year.

"He turned heads then, and he's still turning them," Mayes said.

McFadden credited fullback Brandon Kennedy, his offensive line and wide receivers for springing him for yardage.

"On the first (39-yard) touchdown, I just cut inside the receiver," McFadden said. "It feels great to come home and play like this. I think this was a confidence boost for the whole team.'

Jones cited the leadership of veteran running backs De'Arrius Howard and Kyle Dickerson with helping him along this season.

"They're great leaders, and we can really learn from their experience," Jones said.

Although the game moved along by fits and starts at the outset, Jones said, "I was never worried. We had two great weeks of practice, and I knew if we came out and played our best we'd be all right. We busted our butts tonight."





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