Alworth Still Looks Fit At 66
"I still weigh about the same," said Alworth, who served as the Razorbacks' honorary captain against Tennessee on Saturday night and helped Arkansas win its ninth coin toss in 10 tries this season. Alworth and his wife, Laura, who celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary today, waved to the record crowd of 76,728 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium as highlights of Alworth's college and pro career played on the SmartVision before the game. "Lance was a great athlete," said UA executive associate athletic director Bill Gray, who was a UA freshman in 1961 when Alworth was a 170-pound All-America halfback. "You could tell, just watching him run. He's a good person, too." Alworth, 66, a successful San Diego businessman, had not visited Fayetteville since his induction into the UA Hall of Honor in 1979. "I hardly recognized this place," Alworth said. "It's amazing what Frank Broyles and the people of Arkansas have done here." Asked about tailback Darren McFadden, who many feel is the most exciting UA running back since Alworth, Lance said, "He's fabulous. He's so fast, and he's much bigger and stronger than I was." (McFadden has rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games.) The 1961 Razorbacks, whose seniors remain the only UA class to win or share three straight conference titles, were also honored Saturday. Tommy Brasher, a sophomore that year, visited the "A" Club before the game, as did Alworth. OTHER HONOREES Appropriately, on Veterans Day, all United States military veterans were honored at halftime as they were asked to stand while the Arkansas Band played "God Bless America." Purple Heart recipients James Swift, David Randle and Walter Losey were recognized on the field. ‘BOWLS R US' Representatives of the Sugar, Orange, Capital One, Chick Fil-A and Cotton bowls attended the game, as did Fiesta Bowl Radio. RECRUITS APLENTY Sixty high school football players were guests of Arkansas — the most ever for a game in Fayetteville. On hand was Jake Bequette, a lineman from Little Rock Catholic who has committed to the Razorbacks. Bequette is the son of former Hog Jay Bequette, the nephew of ex-Hog Chris Bequette and the grandson of former Razorback George Bequette. EARLY GREETING Two sections full of UA students, many of whom had camped out in tents for several days, were already in place when the Vols took the field at 4 p.m. for a walk-through. There were some catcalls, but then mostly silence as the Vols made a circle at midfield for a pregame meditation. Seven Vols also knelt postgame. There were numerous camera flashes as the Hogs ran through the "A." Students jumped up and down, a la Duke students at home basketball games, for the first several plays. After the 31-14 Hogs win, fans chanted "BCS!" HILLIS HURT Hogs fullback Peyton Hillis, who had one carry for four yards, one punt return for zero yards and several fair catches in traffic, suffered a thigh contusion and sat out the second half. Arkansas senior left guard Stephen Parker (bruised knee) left the game in the third quarter. UA junior free safety Kevin Woods took a blow to the head with 12 seconds left. RECEIVING MILESTONES Marcus Monk, with his touchdown receptions of 10 and 12 yards, now has 21 TD catches in his career — second on the UA list. Anthony Lucas has the record with 23. Monk, who endured bruised ribs, has at least one catch in all 32 of his Arkansas games. Vols junior receiver Robert Meachem and senior receiver Bret Smith of Warren each passed the 1,000-yard mark in career receptions. Meachem appeared shaken up after recovering an onside kick with :23 left. QUIRKY STATS Arkansas is 9-0 in games in which Mitch Mustain played in the first half. Mustain spelled starter Casey Dick for a few plays after Dick ran into McFadden. Tennessee is 7-10 when ESPN's GameDay is on site. Arkansas is 1-0.
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