Sacks Keep Coming For Super-Sized Anderson

FAYETTEVILLE -- The play happened by accident, and Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker wasn't too pleased with the final result -- even if it meant another sack for Jamaal Anderson.

As the final seconds of the first half ticked away Saturday night, Anderson bolted past a Tennessee offensive lineman and found freshman quarterback Jonathan Crompton standing alone in the pocket.

Anderson had a clean shot at Crompton, but the defensive end was so surprised that he had gotten to the quarterback that easily that he shoved the freshman with both hands instead of laying a big hit on him.

"I didn't realize I was going to get to the quarterback that quick, and that was just my first reaction -- to push him on the ground," Anderson said. "Luckily, that was enough strength to get him on the ground."

Anderson's third sack of the first half seemed to exemplify how things went for No. 5 Arkansas in the 31-14 win over previously No. 13-ranked Tennessee in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

It was impressive, a definite attention-grabber, and after getting the sack, Anderson stood up straight and shook his head in a defiant manner.

"Man, that play there, it was awesome," Arkansas defensive tackle Keith Jackson Jr. said. "I love that play."

Rocker didn't agree, however. He was mad that the 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior didn't lay a bone-crushing hit when he got the chance.

"He wanted me to knock him out," Anderson said.

That's perhaps the only complaint Arkansas' coaches had with the Little Rock native after watching him sack Crompton three times to make the freshman's first career start a nightmare.

It was perhaps the most impressive game in what has been a breakout year for Anderson.

Despite being slowed early on by a pulled hamstring suffered in late August, Anderson has put together one of the most dominant seasons by an Arkansas defensive linemen in school history.

His three sacks Saturday gave him 10 on the season, six more than he had in his first two seasons combined. He's the Southeastern Conference's sack leader, and he's tied for sixth in the nation with an average of one sack per game.

Anderson's 10 sacks ranks the fifth-most in Arkansas history, and he stands only four away from tying the school record set by Henry Ford in 1993 and tied by Steven Conley in 1995.

"Playing in the trenches is not easy, but he's so tough and he's just been excelling," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said of Anderson. "It's hard to block him one-on-one."

At one time, Nutt thought Anderson could make a good wide receiver. But it was apparent early on that the man who broke Keith Jackson Sr.'s record for most receiving yards at Little Rock's Parkview High was better suited to play on the defensive line.

Before Anderson arrived at Arkansas, someone told him that he was going to gain a significant amount of weight because his body looked like it could hold more. And to adjust to his move to defensive end, the junior has bulked up by adding 65 pounds to his 6-foot-6 frame.

"Once I got here, I had to eat more, I had to lift more and the weight just came on with it," Anderson said. "I feel like it's held on to my body pretty good."

Of course, Jackson Jr. can't help but make jokes about Anderson being super-sized. The defensive tackle refers to his teammate as a "giant" with "long legs (and a) big booty."

"Two, three years ago, he was only 210 pounds. Now, he's 285 with speed," Jackson Jr. said. "It was just a matter of him adapting to the defensive end spot, and he's just getting better every game."



McFadden Named Among 10 Players For Walter Camp Award

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has earned his share of accolades this season. The latest came Monday when the sophomore was named as one of the 10 "players to watch" for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

McFadden is the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher with 1,219 yards, 353 more than the next closest running back. The Little Rock native has rushed for 12 touchdowns, caught a pass for a touchdown and thrown a pair of touchdown passes.

Over the last two weeks, McFadden has rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns to become a serious Heisman Trophy candidate. He's also thrown a 12-yard touchdown pass.

"Right now, I really haven't been paying too much (attention to the Heisman talk)," McFadden said Monday. "Right now, I've just been going out there and playing ball."

The Walter Camp Award is voted by 119 NCAA Division I-A coaches and sports information directors. The winner will be announced live on the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, Dec. 7.



Ugoh Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Arkansas left tackle Tony Ugoh was named Monday as the Southeastern Conference's offensive lineman of the week after his dominant performance in Saturday's 31-14 win over previously No. 13-ranked Tennessee.

Ugoh had seven knockdown blocks, and the senior helped the Razorbacks gain 259 yards rushing. He graded out at 100 percent on pass protection and 93 percent on running plays.

Ugoh is the ninth Arkansas player to earn a weekly honor from the SEC and the third offensive lineman. Center Jonathan Luigs and offensive guard Stephen Parker have also been named SEC offensive lineman of the week this season.


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