McFadden Set For Busy Postseason Schedule

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Houston Nutt's departure has left the Razorbacks with plenty of questions the past few days.

But running back Darren McFadden had an answer for one that has circulated the state the past few days. He'll be playing in the bowl game.

"People have been coming up with rumors and all kinds of allegations for the past three years that I've been here," McFadden said. "So that's just another one that came to the surface. I'm going to still be here for the bowl game."

Arkansas' all-everything back met with the media for roughly 10 minutes in preparation for his second tour around the postseason award circuit next week. The Heisman Trophy hopeful will spend two days in Orlando, Fla., for the College Football Awards Show festivities. He's hoping it will be followed by a trip to New York, where the Heisman Trophy will be awarded Dec. 8.

The busy schedule will likely keep him away from Arkansas' practice field when the Razorbacks resume workouts next week. But McFadden said he's playing and he'll be ready despite missing time.

"It will be about like the same as last year," McFadden said. "I maybe missed a few practices, but other than that, I came back and got back on track and finished strong.

"I've done it already. So it will be something I've already done."

McFadden is coming off one of the best performances of his career in the 50-48, triple overtime win against then-No. 1 LSU. The Little Rock native rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score in the regular-season finale.

Three days later, Nutt resigned from his position and accepted a job at Ole Miss. McFadden said players are sad to see Nutt go, but the Razorbacks are looking forward to a bowl game under interim coach Reggie Herring.

"Everybody loved Coach Nutt here," McFadden said. "He's a great guy. He's a great coach. He's going to be very well missed around here.

"Hopefully we're going to get into the Cotton Bowl. We're looking forward to going down there and having a good game."

McFadden won the Doak Walker Award last season and is a finalist for the trophy once again. He's also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the nation's top player. Both will be awarded next Thursday.

McFadden also will find out Wednesday whether he has been invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He finished second last season and is one of the favorites again, joining the likes of Florida's Tim Tebow.

This time, it could be McFadden's last chance to win college football's most coveted individual award. The junior, who is considered a first-round draft prospect, will likely declare for the NFL Draft.

But McFadden said he's not ready to answer that question, yet.

"I haven't really made a decision or know what I'm going to do," McFadden said. "I'm just going to make a decision at the end of the season."

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