McFadden: No Decision On NFL Yet

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas running back Darren McFadden faced more pressure Saturday night after the team's first preseason scrimmage than he did during it.


McFadden met with reporters to address an ESPN.com report that quoted his mother as saying that he was planning to leave Arkansas after this upcoming season to enter the NFL Draft.

"I don't know what was really said in the conversation, but my mom said there were some things that were misunderstood," McFadden said. "But it's something right now I'm not thinking about. (I'm) just moving forward right now."

McFadden said he was surprised Friday night when he learned that ESPN.com had posted a report by national columnist Pat Forde, claiming that McFadden had told his mother that he'd be "through" with college in December.

McFadden has said that he won't make a decision about his future until after the season, and he repeated that message again Saturday night.

"That's something right now I haven't really thought about -- my college future or what I'm going to do in the future," McFadden said. "Right now, I'm just focusing on the season."

Mini Muhammad, McFadden's mother, denied Friday night that she told Forde that her son has made a decision about whether to leave the Razorbacks after his junior season for the NFL. Muhammad said it was a misunderstanding.

"No, (Darren) hasn't made a decision," Muhammad told The Morning News. "I didn't even tell that man (Darren's) made a decision."

McFadden saw limited playing time during the roughly 90-minute scrimmage, and he wore a black jersey that let Arkansas' defensive players know that the running back was not allowed to be hit.

McFadden had only three carries for 12 yards, nine of that coming on a touchdown run that was made much easier when backup free safety Kevin Woods had to stop to avoid hitting the star tailback.

Freshman Nathan Dick had an impressive showing in his first scrimmage at Arkansas, completing 8-of-10 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

Afterward, Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee indicated that Dick, the younger brother of starting quarterback Casey Dick, has already secured the No. 3 job after the first week of practice.

"I thought probably the bright spot at the quarterback position was Nathan Dick tonight," Lee said. "He's emerged as our third quarterback at this point in time."

Casey Dick completed 4-of-10 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, but he also had a pass intercepted by strong safety Matt Harris that was intended for running back Felix Jones.

Defensive ends Antwain Robinson (knee injury), Chris Wade (face injury) and Adrian Davis (concussion) were held out of the scrimmage. Tight end Ben Cleveland (neck stinger) also didn't participate, and linebacker Jermaine Love was excused from the scrimmage so he could fly to Dallas to attend the birth of his child.

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