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..Sad, but true
Arkansas: Ouachita Baptist was awesome in Division II’s Great American Conference, posting a winning record every year and sprinkling in postseason appearances. FBS Central Arkansas has excellent purple-and-gray turf and, in 2019, beat an FBS team that went on to destroy Arkansas, prompting the creation of STATE CHAMPS shirts. But the nod goes to Arkansas State, which would’ve regularly beaten the Razorbacks if they’d played each other, did win four Sun Belt championships, and functioned as arguably the best pipeline of head coaches anywhere — losing Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss, Gus Malzahn to Auburn, and Bryan Harsin to Boise State after one year each, but still not missing much of a beat under Blake Anderson after that
Arkansas S Brenden Young enters transfer portal.
Is auburn seriously hiring fry? Why did Where Eagles Dare ask about him in the sec thread
That's the rumor
That is so bad
Arkansas ranked No. 4 in the nation in Perfect Game 2020 Preseason Poll
Pitching staff is as deep top to bottom as it’s ever been. We’ve obviously got Martin and Kjerstad as elite hitters, but there’s some concern over the rest of the lineup keeping up with last years pace. I personally think we’ll have another elite offense top to bottom. As long as Casey reduces the throwing errors at SS and learns to see/hit the curveball he’ll be a postseason AA. Really excited about freshman Robert Moore coming in to take over 2nd base. I think Kjerstad is moving to 1st base too, which allows another elite bat in the outfield and we don’t have to be so nervous watching fly balls to RF anymore.
you have more faith in martin than i do
When it comes to what? I just want the errors to be under 15 this year. His range gets him to balls that no one else can get to in the field because of his athleticism. He just needs to take a little off of some of those throws and set his feet better because he’s got a plus arm and it sails on him.
At the plate he’s an elite fastball hitter. Just hope they spent countless hours on throwing junk to him this offseason. There’s times where it’s just embarrassing watching him hit curveballs, but when he connects it’s a moon shot.
From the Desk of Hunter Yurachek
Hunter Yurachek January 8, 2020
Happy New Year Fellow Razorbacks!
As we draw to a close the first week of 2020, I wanted to take an opportunity to share with you some of many exciting things going on with the Razorback program.
Arkansas currently ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and 14th in the nation in the Directors’ Cup standings. In 2018-19, Arkansas earned a No. 23 finish in the Directors’ Cup, marking the fifth-consecutive top-25 finish. With both winter and spring sports primed for success in the coming weeks and months, we will look forward to making it six straight in 2019-20.
Heating It Up In Hoops
If you haven’t had a chance to catch a men’s or women’s basketball game at Bud Walton Arena yet this season, you are missing out!
For the first time since 2002, our women’s basketball team was ranked in the pre-season poll and we are ranked No. 21 with a record of 13-2 (1-1 SEC) entering the second week of conference play. Chelsea Dungee and Amber Ramirez continue to light it up from the floor. Dungee was recently ranked as one of the nation’s top 5 shooting guards, while Ramirez drained seven triples in a win at Auburn.
Our men’s program is 12-1 (1-0 SEC), the program’s best start since 2008-09, and remains undefeated on Nolan Richardson Court. It also helps that Coach Eric Musselman has one of the nation’s top three-point duos including this week’s HogPod guest Isaiah Joe and Mason Jones. This week it is time to hit the road with games at LSU on Wednesday and Ole Miss on Saturday before returning home the following week for two home games.
Bud Walton is Rocking
Our men’s and women’s basketball teams aren’t the only ones filling it up at Bud Walton Arena. More than 4,200 fans were on hand for a late tip on a weeknight to Call the Hogs as the Razorback women’s basketball team opened SEC play against Texas A&M. Our women’s team returns home this Sunday to take on Missouri at 2 p.m.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets to a men’s basketball game, you better make your plans soon. All five Razorback Saturday home men’s basketball games in 2020 are sold out, including the SEC Opener this past Saturday as well as Kentucky (Jan. 18), TCU (Jan. 25), Mississippi State (Feb. 15) and Missouri (Feb. 22). This marks the most games in Bud Walton Arena Arkansas has sold out in advance for men’s basketball since having six in 2017-18.
Building A Staff
This week, Coach Pittman completed his football staff and it is one of the best in the country. Coach Pittman has put together a staff that will help develop the young men we have on our team as well as attract talented prospects to come to Fayetteville. Be sure to check out the full listing and learn more about our 2020 football staff.
Making A Debut
Speaking of coaches making their debut, it is almost time for Coach Jordyn Wieber and our gymnastics team to officially kick off the 2020 season. The GymBacks will open the Jordyn Wieber era and the 2020 season on the road at Florida this Friday. The first home meet of the season will be on January 17 when the Razorbacks host Denver. Both season tickets and single meet tickets are still available.
Back In Action
Our women’s swimming and diving team returns to the home pool on January 18 when they host Drury and Oklahoma Baptist. Arkansas is ranked 26th in the latest CSCAA/TYR poll heading into 2020. Congratulations to Razorback standout diver Brooke Schultz who recently won the bronze at the U.S. Diving Winter Nationals.
The men’s and women’s track and field programs will get things going on the home front on Friday, January 17 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The Razorbacks will host the Arkansas Invitational, the first of four meets to be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center this spring. Championship track at the fastest indoor track in the world. I hope to see you there.
Women’s tennis opens the season at home on January 18, while men’s tennis will take the court on January 28. Men’s and Women’s golf will hit the links beginning in February, while softball opens its season on February 7 in New Mexico.
Coming off back-to-back College World Series appearances, Coach Dave Van Horn and the Razorbacks have earned a No. 4 pre-season ranking from Perfect Game and a No. 9 ranking from Collegiate Baseball.
Juniors Heston Kjerstad and Casey Martin have both been named pre-season All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. The University of Arkansas was the only program in the nation to garner two first-team Perfect Game All-America selections among position players.
The Diamond Hogs open the 2020 season on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 vs. Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m.
In case you missed it over the holiday break, I wanted to draw your attention to the 25 Razorback student-athletes who earned their degree at the University of Arkansas’ fall commencement. Our focus is on student-athlete success, and these young men and women paved their names onto Senior Walk with their hard work and dedication.
• Former Razorback Men’s Basketball Lettermen – We welcomed back more than 40 former Razorback men’s basketball lettermen last weekend. Lettermen from seven decades took part in the festivities. It is always a pleasure to welcome our former Razorbacks back to campus!
• Taylor Werner and Katie Izzo – Razorback women’s track and field standouts Taylor Werner and Katie Izzo have been named to the watch list for this year’s Bowerman Award. Former Razorback Janeek Brown was one of three Bowerman finalists last season.
• Robert Cox – Congratulations to former men’s tennis coach Robert Cox on his upcoming induction into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame. Coach Cox led our men’s program as the head coach for 26 seasons and competed as a student-athlete for the Razorbacks in 1977-78.
Coach Jordyn is so fucking hot
Anyone coming to Houston for the baseball games at the end of Feb?
Maybe. Haven't quite got the wife convinced yet.
I’m for sure going to the Texas game on Saturday. Not sure about Sunday yet.
Just from NWA there's no good way to drive down there and i don't want to fly into IAH, even though that would be cheaper for me to do by myself.
Rest easy boys, it appears we aren't hiring y'alls old OL coach
Guess Gus is finally sick of y'all wanting to fire him every year and is just mailing it in now
Spoiler: Top 25 Breakdown: No. 7 Arkansas
FEATURED Kendall Rogers - January 14, 2020
2019 Record: 46-20 (20-10 SEC)
Coach (Record at school): Dave Van Horn (689–384 in 17 seasons)
Ballpark: Baum-Walker Stadium (11,000)
Postseason History: 31 regionals (active streak: 3), 10 CWS trips (last in 2019).
More: Fall Report on Arkansas
Schedule, Stats, Team News: Follow the Razorbacks all season long at our Arkansas Team Page.
Arkansas' Projected Lineup
Pos. Name, Yr. AVG/OBP/SLG HR RBI SB
C Casey Optiz. Jr. .243/.379/.311 3 33 7
1B Jacob Nesbit, So. .255/.333/.344 3 42 7
2B Robert Moore, Fr. Fr.--Shawnee Mission, Kan. (East)
3B Cole Austin, Sr. Transfer--Arizona State
SS Casey Martin, Jr. .286/.364/.548 15 57 10
LF Braydon Webb, Jr. Transfer--Grayson (Texas) College
CF Christian Franklin, So. .274/.361/.413 6 34 12
RF Heston Kjerstad, Jr. .327/.400/.575 17 51 5
DH Matt Goodheart, Jr. .345/.444/.517 5 47 5
Pos. Name, Yr. W-L ERA IP SO BB SV
SP #1 Connor Noland, So. 3-5 4.02 78.1 55 14 0
SP #2 Patrick Wicklander, So. 6-2 4.32 66.2 90 37 0
SP #3 Kevin Kopps, Sr. 6-3 3.89 41.2 52 14 0
Closer Zeb Vermillion, Jr. 4-1 3.63 22.1 21 9 14
Grading The Razorbacks
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
It will be much of the same for the Hogs from an offensive standpoint.
Arkansas had one of the nation’s most feared offensive lineups last season and that won’t change this spring.
Heston Kjerstad is the ringleader of the offense with a balance of an impressive offensive approach and premier power, while Matt Goodheart is healthy and ready to roll after getting hurt at the end of last season. Some forget that Goodheart actually led the Hogs in batting average last season at .345. He’s an exciting player who should have a strong 2020 campaign.
Christian Franklin did some good things as a freshman last season and has impressive raw power. I look for him to make a huge jump after hitting .274 with six home runs and 34 RBIs last season. Jacob Nesbit (.255) and especially Casey Opitz (.243) also will make huge jumps. Opitz had a huge fall and wowed scouts both offensively and defensively. In addition to likely hitting for a much higher average, also look for Opitz’s power production to surge. Last season, he hit just three doubles and three home runs. No chance he emulates those numbers this spring.
From a newcomer standpoint, Arizona State transfer Cole Austin surprised the Hogs during the fall. He was a strong defender, but also showed he can be an asset as a gap hitter in this lineup. Meanwhile, junior college transfer Braydon Webb has great bat speed and incoming freshman Robert Moore has a mature plate approach and is a line drive hitter. His greatest asset, as of now, might be his defense.
It should be another exciting offensive year for the Hogs.
This should be a powerful offensive lineup.
Sure, the Hogs are without three guys who finished last season with double digit home run totals. But the power production shouldn’t drop off much at all.
Martin and Kjerstad return after hitting double digit home runs last season. And with Martin’s improved plate approach, that power number might increase even more. Goodheart has some power and will certainly hit more than five homers, while the guy to watch is Opitz. Opitz has become a well-rounded hitter. And though he hit three home runs last season, we’d be shocked if he doesn’t hit well north of that number this spring.
Nesbit and Franklin have some pop as well, especially Franklin, who has impressive raw power, while a newcomer like Webb has enough power to run the ball out of the yard. He certainly has the power to go gap-to-gap.
It will be much of the same for the Razorbacks. The power production will be there.
The Hogs have more than enough speed to make things happen on the bases. Casey Martin and Christian Franklin both return after swiping double digit stolen bases last season. Both have a chance to best their marks of 10 and 12, respectively, last season.
Catcher Casey Opitz moves well for a catcher and junior college transfer Braydon Webb has above-average speed and is a quick twitch guy. Cole Austin also can move around with his average to above-average speed at times.
Arkansas won’t blow teams away with its team speed, but there are enough speedsters on this roster to keep some teams honest.
Being a great defensive team starts with having a big-time catcher, and the Hogs certainly have that with junior Casey Opitz leading the way. Opitz showed noticeable improvements with the bat during the fall, while his defensive skills remained elite. He’s an excellent catch and throw guy is just a terrific all-around player and leader.
He anchors the defensive unit, while going across the infield, the Hogs love the way they will set up this spring.
At third, Arizona State transfer Austin showed great instincts and defensive skills during fall workouts, Martin is an electric overall player and needs to be more consistent at shortstop, incoming freshman Robert Moore is a premier defender and Nesbit is an experienced guy over at first base.
The outfield is also very talented with some athleticism. Kjerstad has gotten a bit more pep in his step and has improved as a defender, Christian Franklin looks to take the reins from Dom Fletcher out in center with ease and Braydon Webb is a quick twitch athlete who excites the coaching staff.
All is well from a defensive standpoint.
Starting Pitching: 55
The weekend rotation still isn’t set, but the Hogs at least know who likely will have the top two starting jobs on the weekend – righthander Connor Noland and lefthander Patrick Wicklander.
Noland did some good things last season but had his ups and downs like any young arm in the Southeastern Conference. He showed improvements during the fall, sitting more 90-93 mph with his fastball, along with good secondary stuff. That’s a few mph velocity jump from last season. Meanwhile, Wicklander was anywhere from 89-91 and up to 92 mph with his fastball, along with solid secondary stuff.
As for the No. 3 starting job, it’s up in the air at the moment, though Kole Ramage and senior Kevin Kopps are legitimate options. Kopps will sit in the low 90s with his fastball with good stuff, while Ramage is a seasoned and proven arm. The Hogs also are excited about freshman righthander Peyton Pallette, who showed electric stuff during fall workouts.
The good news? The Hogs have plenty of talented options for the No. 3 spot. The bad news? There’s no one set in stone at the moment.
The Razorbacks certainly have some good ones to replace with the departures of lefthander Matt Cronin and righthander Jacob Kostyshock, among others. But this bullpen is still rich with talent and primed to have a solid 2020 campaign.
Veteran righthander Zebulon Vermillion is slated to lead the bullpen. Vermillion took a big step forward two summers ago and logged more innings last season. Now, he’s ready for the limelight after getting up to 95-96 mph with his fastball with an improved changeup during fall workouts. Elijah Trest has a big-time arm and was up to 96-97 mph with his fastball, along with a solid slider in the fall, while an x-factor type could be righthander Jacob Burton. Burton got hit in the fall, but his upside is undeniable with a fastball ranging 95-98 mph. He just needs to be better and more consistent.
Seasoned righthanders Kole Ramage and Caleb Bolden are worth watching, too. Ramage has pitched in some big-time situations in the past and is a quality arm, while Bolden is working his way back from injury and was up to 90 mph with his fastball in mid-November. Arkansas expects him at full speed come Opening Day.
In terms of freshmen, keep an eye on righthanders Peyton Pallette and Blake Adams. Pallette impressed the coaching staff with a strong fall that included a fastball 93-95 mph with a breaking ball with a spin rate around 3100. Meanwhile, Adams was up to 96 mph with an effective breaking ball. Finally, also watch out for young lefty Kaden Monk. The 6-foot-3, 160-pounder, showed a lot of movement on his pitches and should log significant innings with his ability to command the zone.
The Hogs have some holes to fill from last year’s team, but they also welcome back several key cogs from that club.
From an offensive standpoint, there’s a lot of experience throughout the lineup with the return of Kjerstad, Opitz, Goodheart and Martin, among others. Franklin is a year older and wiser, and the Hogs have a freshman up the middle in Moore who’s mature beyond his years.
The Hogs have some inexperience at the backend of the bullpen, but the starting rotation, despite not being dominant does have experience. Noland and Wicklander got their feet wet in the starting rotation last season and should improve this spring.
There’s also the Dave Van Horn factor. Van Horn’s teams have been incredibly consistent the past few seasons and we don’t expect that trend to change in 2020.
Arkansas will have another strong season that ends with a Top 16 seed. Then, we’ll see if it can add a national title to its rich history.
All the pieces are there to make another strong run.
me last week: "Dear Monkey's Paw, please give us a transfer QB"
Monkey's Paw curls
Ole Randy gettin got again
I think it’s you that really enjoys these infected donkey
Buster Nutt was one of the all time greats... “He really hits the hole hard...”
Fucking love it!
It sounds like Michigan is about to promote Tank Wright to OLB coach because they think he is going to be an elite recruiter. Thoughts?
Was solid for us. Great player loved his tenacity to always be in the play.
Who transferred today?
Fuck those ky jelly cats.
Muss currently navigating through the SEC he was picked to finish in 11th place...
That’s awesome. Used to be somewhat friends with him when he was at Arkansas. Great guy and was a hell of a competitor. I could see him being a very good recruiter, hope he kills it for y’all.
Uniforms for Kentucky this weekend.
nice but I think I'd like them better if the Hog was on the back.
I look at them and they look like they're on backwards
75% sure Franks is transferring here.
More like 99%
better than anything else we have on campus so i'm not complaining...
Would have preferred the King kid from Houston
Doesn't matter anyway as we were all told KJ is the QB of the future
Franks is not bad. King should go to LSU or OU or a team like that. He's too good to be dicking around on the hill trying to help us go 5-7
bertwing whats this about King having attitude issues at Houston?
Probably manufactured shit from our fanbase
many people think he quit on the team this year when it was obvious they weren’t going to win shit so he redshirted. He was told to redshirt along with a couple other teammates.
Anyone would be angry playing for Dana anyways
If Franks transfers does he have one or two years left of eligibility?
Why the fuck are the students wearing fucking shark customs
Old man it’s sharkansas.
Our size fucked us this game. we need some bigs in a bad way...