Arkansas Report Card

Quarterbacks — C Arkansas coach Houston Nutt had hoped the passing game would take another step forward Saturday, but it didn't. Starter Casey Dick didn't do anything disastrous, but he didn't make any spectacular plays, either. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 116 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He should have been able to do more against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Running Backs — B

Darren McFadden had his most frustrating game of the season. He rushed for a season-low 122 yards, averaged only 4.9 yards per carry and had two critical fumbles in the first half. Naturally, the standard for McFadden is very high and he had just one touchdown. But fellow tailback Felix Jones picked up the slack by rushing for 141 yards and scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 10.8 yards per carry.



Wide Receivers — C

It was apparent that Arkansas missed senior Robert Johnson, who was a late scratch because of a foot injury. Fullback Peyton Hillis was the team's leading receiver with five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown. The receivers, however, didn't do much. They had just five catches for 46 yards.



Offensive Line — C

Arkansas' offensive line has been one of the more consistent units this season, but it was a rough time Saturday. Center Jonathan Luigs sailed his first snap over the head of Dick, resulting in a safety. The front line also gave up two sacks and didn't pick up the blitz well. Dick faced pressure at times.



Defensive Line — C-

Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring decided to shuffle up the starting defensive line before the game. He's trying to find playmakers. But Tennessee-Chattanooga was able to run on the Razorbacks, and the front line had trouble stopping UTC tailback Bryan Fitzgerald. Nutt admitted, though, that he was pleased with defensive tackle Marcus Harrison's effort.



Linebackers — C+

Middle linebacker Weston Dacus recorded seven tackles, but the unit isn't consistently making plays that stand out. Strongside linebacker Freddie Fairchild had only two tackles, and the linebackers gave up too many running yards to Fitzgerald.



Secondary — A

The secondary has been perhaps Arkansas' biggest weakness this season, but the unit came up big against the Mocs. It's hard to argue when the defensive backs surrender only four completions for 11 yards passing. Cornerback Jerell Norton also recorded his team-high third interception.



Special Teams — B+

Speaking of Norton, he showed that he could be an explosive punt returner when given the chance. His 45-yard return early in the first quarter gave the Razorbacks good field position. It was Arkansas' longest punt return of the season. Kicker Alex Tejada, meanwhile, connected on field goals of 47 and 32 yards. The 47-yarder was Tejada's career long and the best by a UA kicker since 2002.



Coaching — C

Arkansas came out flat and unfocused against UTC, and that goes back to the coaches. It's their job to get the players ready, regardless of who the opponent is. Offensive coordinator David Lee admitted the offense looked sluggish early on, and Dick didn't take many chances downfield. Again, that responsibility lies with the coaches.

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