McFadden, Tebow Lead AP All-America Team


December 12th, 2007

When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn’t have to settle for second. The Arkansas running back and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up was one of four players voted to The Associated Press All-America team for the second consecutive season.Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis were the other two-time first-team AP All-Americans on the team released Tuesday.  Continue reading…


McFadden Will Surpass Tebow In NFL


December 12th, 2007

Harry King compared Tim Tebow and Darren McFadden’s NFL futures in his column yesterday: 

Call me crass, but Tim Tebow can have the here and now and I’ll take Darren McFadden’s future portfolio.In other words, a 25-pound bronze statute vs. a bundle of boodle.Considering the payday prospects of Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, McFadden is in line to make millions during the next few years. I’m not sure McFadden is as shifty as the former Oklahoma back, but comparing those two is the quick and easy approach.  Continue reading…


Heisman fraternity weaker without Darren McFadden


December 10th, 2007

From Rainer Sabin of the Northwest Arkansas Times today: 


NEW YORK - Tony Dorsett and Archie Griffin hovered in the background. Nearby, Tim Brown and Desmond Howard stared out at the audience. Some of the best college football stars of the past were lined up shoulder to shoulder as they watched a new member initiated into their exclusive fraternity. In the years that follow, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden will likely never stand amongst them.

That’s a shame.

 

For the second consecutive year, McFadden was denied the Heisman Trophy - the award that is presented each year to the best amateur player.  Continue Reading…


New England Patriots Could Be Interested in McFadden


December 9th, 2007

Ryan Wilson over at Fanhouse writes today about Darren McFadden’s NFL future:

So if you’re the Patriots, what one player might improve the league’s most potent offense? How about Arkansas running back Darren McFadden? You think that might help?

Yes, New England lost their first-round pick for cheating earlier this season, but the team traded out of the first round last April so the 49ers could to draft tackle Joe Staley. In exchange, the Pats received San Francisco’s 2008 first-rounder. And given that the 49ers are currently rocking a 3-9 record, it’s a safe bet New England will have a top-5 pick. In fact, if the season ended today, the Pats would own the No. 2 overall selection. Yep, that seems fair.


Congratulations Tim Tebow…


December 8th, 2007

Winner of the 73rd annual Heisman Award.


Getting to Know The Heisman Memorial Trophy


December 8th, 2007

The Columbia Tribune takes a look at the history, how the balloting works, and other tidbits about the Heisman…


McFadden is Sporting News’ 2007 College Football Player of the Year


December 7th, 2007

From Sporting News: 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Darren McFadden RB, Arkansas, Jr.
McFadden entered every game as a marked man. Stop him and you’ll beat Arkansas, coaches preached. Easier said than done. McFadden is big. He’s fast. Oh, and he throws touchdown passes, too.

McFadden is the quintessential one-man gang. He ranked fourth in the nation with 1,725 rushing yards — and he tossed four touchdown passes. He was at his best in games against South Carolina (when he tied the SEC single-game rushing mark with 321 yards and also had a TD pass) and No. 1 LSU (206 yards rushing with three TDs and 34 yards passing with one TD). McFadden, simply, is the best.


McFadden Deserves Heisman Over Tebow


December 7th, 2007

Desmond Conner lays it all out in the Hartford Courant today:

Folks are drooling over that stat, the rushing scores in particular because the 22 TDs set a Southeastern Conference record, surpassing what any running back had done.

But Tebow supporters have to know that stat can be lit up pretty easily. What? C’mon, now. While some were impressive, you know the degree of difficulty on many of those TD runs wasn’t very high. Does anybody want to talk about the fact his rushing touchdowns were, on average, almost from point-blank range? Nope.

Listen, we’re not trying to diminish what Tebow has done. It’s a heck of an accomplishment, but when you break it down it’s not as impressive as it sounds, those rushing scores in particular. Tebow was one of 10 quarterbacks to throw 29 or more TD passes in Division I-A this year. Tebow’s 22 rushing TDs, on average, were scored from less than 5 yards. Compare that to McFadden’s 15 rushing TDs, punched in, on average, from about 18 yards.

Tebow is a big, strong guy who really is a running back more than a quarterback anyway. He should be able to score from that distance. And he’s doing this at Florida, where the recruiting classes have been great for years.

This year’s Heisman race is going to be close between Tebow and McFadden. If Tebow wins, it means voters will have fallen in love with the 20-20 stat rather than giving it to the outstanding player, who is pretty versatile himself.


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December 7th, 2007

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McFadden Wins Doak Walker, Walter Camp Awards


December 6th, 2007

From ArkansasSports360 tonight:

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden won the Doak Walker Award for the second year in row and was named the 2007 player of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the first Razorback player to receive the honor.

McFadden is only the second player to win the Doak Walker back-to-back. Ricky Williams also won the award in consecutive years. Other finalists for the Walker Award were Mike Hart of Michigan and Ray Rice of Rutgers.

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Doak Walker Award Presentation Tonight


December 6th, 2007

The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum today announced Mike Hart of Michigan, Darren McFadden of Arkansas and Ray Rice of Rutgers as the three finalists for the 2007 Doak Walker Award. The three finalists were determined by a vote of the 162-member Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee.

The Committee will cast a second vote to determine the recipient of the 2007 Doak Walker Award. The recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, December 6. The award will be presented at the 2007 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Friday, February 15, 2008.

McFadden, a junior from Little Rock, Arkansas, has rushed for 1,519 yards and accounted for 16 touchdowns this season. He leads the SEC in total rushing yards and yards per game and has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and passing in 2007. McFadden is the only running back in SEC history other than Herschel Walker to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. McFadden was the recipient of the Award in 2006.

Daok Walker website… 


McFadden Named SEC Offensive Player of the Year


December 5th, 2007

From SECSports.com today:

McFadden, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., rushed for 1,725 yards in 12 games this season - more than he did in 14 games in 2006. Last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up, McFadden is third on the SEC’s career rushing list at 4,485 yards. McFadden also became only the second SEC player in history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. A Maxwell Award finalist, McFadden is also attempting to become the second player in history to win two Doak Walker Awards. He led the SEC in rushing in 2007 with 143.8 yards per game.

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Heisman Profile: McFadden brilliant for second straight year


December 3rd, 2007

From the Canadian Press tonight: 

McFadden rushed for 1,725 yards in 12 games - more than he did in 14 games last season. His versatility is common knowledge by now. McFadden occasionally lines up at quarterback. He’s completed six passes this season, four for touchdowns.

McFadden also returns kickoffs, and at six-foot-two, he’s a bruising blocker when he doesn’t have the ball.

Is that enough to win the Heisman? He’ll find out this week. McFadden has strong competition, particularly from Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who will face McFadden and 25th-ranked Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, also is a contender.

“When Darren McFadden is at his highest level, there’s not a defence in this country that can stop him,” said Reggie Herring, who took over as Arkansas’ interim coach when Houston Nutt resigned last week. “He needs blockers just like every other great running back, but what he’s done over the past two years is more than enough to secure a Heisman Trophy.

“Just by the prerequisite of what’s been in the past, looking at stats and what you’ve done on the field and how important you are to a football team, I think Darren McFadden exemplifies that and then some.”


Video: “McFabulous”


December 2nd, 2007


Two-way Tebow didn’t push his team to No. 1


December 2nd, 2007

Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla responds to a reader’s question about the Heisman Trophy race:

Backing the ‘Back. “There seems to be a lot of talk about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden regarding the Heisman Trophy. Many people seem to think the trophy will go to one of these two outstanding players. What would Florida do without Tebow? Well, last year, with limited play from Tebow, the Gators won the national championship. The year before McFadden arrived at Arkansas, the Razorbacks had a 5-6 record.”

Ryan, Springdale, Ark.

Kiz: This is a two-man race for the Heisman. But in my mind, Tebow’s not in it. Voters who fell in love with his rushing touchdowns are too lazy to consider most were shortyardage plunges. Quarterback Chase Daniel was the first player to carry the Missouri Tigers to a No. 1 ranking since 1960. Now that’s a long run. So, when I mark my ballot, the top spot will go to Daniel or McFadden.


Survey says: Expect close Heisman vote


December 2nd, 2007

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette polled sportswriters to get an indication of who they will select to receive the Heisman Trophy:

If a nationwide poll of sportswriters conducted by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is any indication, this year’s Heisman Trophy vote will be one of the closest in history.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow held a slender 220-206 lead over Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden in a sampling of 104 responses compiled over two days by the Democrat-Gazette. The votes were gathered from a crosssection of writers and weren’t exclusively from Heisman Trophy voters.

The actual Heisman vote, which includes more than 900 voters, is due Wednesday. The presentation ceremony will be Dec. 8 in New York.

The Democrat-Gazette’s straw poll was broken down into five sections of the country, plus a sixth group consisting of national college football writers.


Ware, Herbstreit say McFadden deserves Heisman


December 2nd, 2007

From the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas: 

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit once again plugged McFadden as his choice for the award during College GameDay on Saturday.

Andre Ware, who won the Heisman in 1989, said during ESPN’s broadcast on the Conference-USA title game that McFadden had earned his vote as well.


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December 2nd, 2007

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Conversation With Darren McFadden


November 30th, 2007

From Peter Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews:  

CFN:.Okay then, stump away. I’m holding my Heisman ballot in my hand. Tell me why I’m voting for you.

DM: You know every time you see me play you’re going to get the maximum effort and everything I’ve got on every single play, and I’ll do whatever’s needed. I’m going against the SEC defensive lines every week and I’ll run it, line up wide, play quarterback, return kicks, and I’ll produce wherever I’m at. I feel like I’ve been able to do a great job at all those things this year and I feel like I’ve been successful wherever I’ve been able to line up. Not many players can do that.  Continue reading…


The numbers say it all


November 30th, 2007

Marty Cook writes this today in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: 

McFadden has rushed for 1, 725 yards and 14 touchdowns - both improvements over his Heisman runner-up sophomore season - while passing for 4 touchdowns, catching 21 passes and returning 15 kickoffs for a 19-yard average. Mc-Fadden is also one of the Razorbacks’ best skill-position blockers.

“I go out there and return kicks, catch passes, throw them, run the ball,”McFadden said. “It’s just a lot of different things I do, and I don’t feel like no other player in the country can do the things I do as good as I do.”  Continue reading…