17 seniors play their last game in Fayetteville for Hogs jh82

 
 

My son Wilson and I went to the game on Saturday in Fayetteville and saw the Razorback Stadium. Above is a picture of the seniors and Seth Armburst is running out on the field.

Below is an article by Wally Hall that mentions the names of all  of the 17 seniors for the Razorbacks this year. Wally mentions first these three players: Joe Adams, Seth Armburst and Jake Bequette. The funny thing is that my son Hunter played for Bryant and he played against all three of these players in high school. Joe Adams went to Parkview his 10th grade year and Bryant won that game 21-3. Hunter had to defend Joe a lot that night. Seth Armburst and Hunter knew each other from Fellowship Bible Church’s youth department but they faced each other on the football field when Catholic played Bryant. Seth returned punt returns and did a great job. He had some big hits as defensive back too. Hunter started as Bryant’s strong safety.

 Jake Bequette was a sophmore lineman on the same Catholic team that Seth played on as a senior. He played both offensive and defensive lineman.

(My son Hunter Hatcher pictured below, led the Bryant Hornets in tackles in 2005)

    

 FAYETTEVILLE — While the world of college football was being rocked with the biggest, most scandalous story in its 142-year history at storied Penn State, 17 seniors in this college town were preparing to lay more of perhaps the greatest foundation in the history of the Arkansas Razorbacks program.

Joe Adams

Those 17 guys were the core of Bobby Petrino’s freshman class when he came into a program ripped apart by apathy, anger and angst.

Seth Armburst

Petrino knew he couldn’t stop the sinking ship, put it back on course and create new energy by himself, so he challenged those guys, and those around them. He dared the 17 daily to be more than they ever dreamed.

Jake Bequette

Four seasons later they have dared to be different. Refusing to quit, quiver or buckle as they put their knuckles down, kept their heads up and got better individually and, more important, as a team.

Greg Childs

Starting with a 5-7 season that had three games lost by a field goal or less and growing to 8-5 before swelling to 10-3, this team, led by the seniors, is knocking on the door of being only the third team in UA history to win 10 games in consecutive seasons.

Grant Cook

Joe Adams was headed to Southern Cal before Petrino arrived, and Adams pushed the Hogs to a 14-0 lead over Tennessee on Saturday with a punt return that had enough electricity to fry the Volunteers.

De’Anthony Curtis

At the 40 he broke two tackles and tried to reverse his field losing 13 yards and hitting a wall of orange, but he broke two more tackles and hit the right sideline. By the time he reached the end zone eight Vols had failed to lay a finger his elusiveness and desire.

Elton Ford

Dennis Johnson was part of that first recruiting class but missed most of last season with an injury. The junior put the hurt on the Vols when he went up the middle for 71 yards and a touchdown. He went 15 for another score to make it 28-7.

Jerry Franklin

In Razorbacks history there have been greater players, maybe greater teams, but there has never been a team that has overcome so much. The seniors were introduced and each was uproariously greeted and thanked for all they have sacrificed by the fans.

Grant Freeman

Without complaint they have stayed the course. Sometimes late starters, sometimes cardiac kids but always confident in themselves and their coaches.

Greg Gatson

Tramain Thomas’ interception just before halftime saved a 21-7 lead. Jake Bequette’s 11-yard sack destroyed a Tennessee drive and Jarius Wright became the all-time leading receiver with 155 catches. All of them have seemed big. Adams’ 40-yard touchdown reception was his 153rd catch. All of them have seemed big, too.

Broderick Green

The senior-led defense gave up too many yards to a rebounding Tennessee team, but not many points.

Bret Harris

One hurdle remains to be cleared before the Battle in Baton Rouge, 10 victories and a lifelong legacy.

Isaac Madison

There is only one senior night, but this group deserves some sort of recognition in The Rock. Their Rock.

Jerico Nelson

A historian would be hard pressed to find 17 seniors who took more pride in wearing the Razorbacks uniform. In running through the A. They have returned the pride.

Zach Stadther

They have never pretended, and the past two years seriously contended.

Tramain Thomas

De’Anthony Curtis came as a running back, unselfishly played three positions, and got his first rushing touchdown with 6:37 to play. He’s one of 17 winners.

Jarius Wright

This senior class are unforgettables.

This article was published November 13, 2011 at 4:35 a.m.Sports, Pages 25 on 11/13/2011

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