Reactions Mixed To Flyover

LITTLE ROCK -- Reactions were mixed to a pregame flyover on Saturday, but opinions weren't lacking about the message sent by the banner criticizing Arkansas coach Houston Nutt.

The plane, towing a banner that read, "There's Nuttin' like being 0-2 in the SEC," flew over War Memorial Stadium two hours before kickoff and made several passes. Plenty of fingers pointed to the sky as the plane passed.

"Everybody's got their right to express their opinion, but Lord I would hate to be a player on the field in warmups and see that," said Terry Sharp of Little Rock.

Saturday's flyover comes on the heels of a group of Arkansas students wearing black shirts to express their displeasure with Nutt last week against North Texas in Fayetteville. Arkansas' Darren McFadden criticized the black shirts after that game, and several fans took exception to Saturday's banner.

"I'm kind of neutral when it comes to Nutt, but (the banner) is just distasteful to me," said Maumelle's Brian James. "I guess if that's what you're after, there's a lot of to do about it, but it's embarrassing."

Little Rock's Jamie Tritt said he thought the banner did describe Arkansas' early season woes, though he didn't necessarily dislike Nutt.

"We have lost the last two (SEC) games in the end of the fourth quarter," Tritt said. "So, it is fitting."

Special Group Of Burls Kids

The faces on Burls Kids lit up when they were announced during the second quarter. If the smiles seemed a little brighter than most, then it was with good reason.

Saturday's group of 20 youngsters didn't come from one Arkansas city, though they were sponsored by the Little Rock Razorback Club. Instead, they were all part of the CARTI Kids program and have either survived cancer or are currently undergoing treatment.

"They are a great bunch of kids," said Marty Burlsworth, executive director for The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation. "Some of them had to come a little later than others because it's hard for them to be out here for a long period of time."

Alison Melson, CARTI's vice president of communications, said the program contacted the Burlsworth Foundation a few years ago about bringing a group of children. While the group met at a hospital just a few blocks away from War Memorial Stadium, a special bus had to be used since some of the children are still undergoing treatment and couldn't walk.

The group sat in the south end zone after receiving autographs from several Razorbacks before the game.

"This is the first time the majority of them have been to a Razorback game," Melson said. "It's been a great experience for them, and the Burlsworth Foundation was very generous."

Auburn Game A Sellout

Next week's game against Auburn in Fayetteville was announced as a sellout before Saturday's game.

The Tigers enter the game 4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference, and the game will also be televised on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Recruits On Hand

The Razorbacks played host to numerous prep recruits Saturday during the first of two home games in Little Rock this season.

Fourteen senior football recruits and five juniors attended the game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The Arkansas seniors were: Pulaski Academy wide receiver Cruz Williams, Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood and tailback De'Anthony Curtis, Central Arkansas Christian wide receiver/cornerback Joe Adams and quarterback Drew Stringfellow, Conway wide receiver/cornerback Isaiah Jackson, Sheridan's Byrce Lunday, Little Rock Catholic offensive lineman Michael St. Clair, Pulaski Oak Grove's Karlos Richardson, Marianna Lee tight end Larry Duvall, Newport tailback Nico Cox and Episcopal Collegiate defensive end Rogeric Govan.

The out-of-state recruits were cornerback David Wilkins from Lovejoy, Ga., and kicker Michael Schuster from Decatur, Ala.

The juniors were all from Arkansas and included Bryant wide receiver/safety Dijon Benton, Pulaski Academy wide receiver Neal Barlow, Lonoke wide receiver/cornerback Clarence Harris and Dewitt defensive lineman Justin Carney and fullback Justin Bigham.

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