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Who is Jessica Dorrell? (with pictures)

Sometimes you just have to laugh in order to keep from crying. These missteps by Bobby Petrino this week may be one of those cases. (UPDATE: It resulted in Petrino’s firing.) My former pastor Adrian Rogers used to say, “If you don’t want to slip down then don’t walk in slick places.” Bobby Petrino made Jessica a close assistant and that was a real bad idea. She is not ugly enough to cut down on the temptation. True happiness is found from other things than the outside anyway so don’t always chase the good looking girl!!! Jimmy Soul had a great hit song (very funny) that went like this:

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he marries her then she starts
To do the things that will break his heart

But if you make an ugly woman your wife
you’ll be happy for the rest of your life
An ugly woman cooks meals on time
And she’ll always give you peace of mind

 

In this undated image released by the University of Arkansas, Razorback Foundation assistant director Jessica Dorrell is shown. Dorrell was a passenger of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino during a weekend motorcycle ride that ended with a crash that sent him to the hospital, according to a police report released Thursday, April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/University of Arkansas, Wesley Hitt)

Ballad of Bobby Petrino, (The Girl in the Athletic Department with the Vollyball shorts) .wmv

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A Ballad done by 730 yahoo’s Chris Vernon. With the help of the 730 yahoo crew. I don’t own the song. 

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Jessica Dorrell Before Arkansas At Kentucky Volleyball

Jessica Dorrell Before Arkansas At Kentucky Volleyball

I have tried to do some reading about Jessica Dorrell and found a good article from Sporting News. Here is the link.

From Arkansas Razorback website:

Jessica Dorrell
   
Courtesy: Jeri Thorpe, Athletic Media Relations
Release: 06/28/2007
 
AS A JUNIOR (2006)
Jessica Dorrell became a go-to player from the first serve of the 2006 season. Dorrell improved her numbers averaging a career-high 2.49 kills per game and 2.22 digs per game. Her season began with all-tournament team honors at Oklahoma and continued with her second all-tournament team selection at the Arkansas Invitational. Dorrell collected a career-best 18 kills in a win over Stephen F. Austin and matched that with a career-best 18 digs as Arkansas defeated Sacramento State last year. Dorrell posted six consecutive double-figure kill matches to open the year and finished with 10 for the year including a near-career-best 16 kills in the NCAA Tournament. Dorrell’s name is sprinkled throughout the Arkansas record books. She enters the 2007 season ranked 15th in kills (803), 17th in kpg (2.21), 14th in total attempts (2004), ninth in block assists (313), 11th in total blocks (0.89), 17th in points (1010.5), points per game (2.78) and games played (363) and tied for 19th in matches played (95).
 AS A SOPHOMORE (2005)
Dorrell began the 2005 season on fire opening the year hitting .379 with 2.50 kills per game in the first 10 matches. Her numbers continued to stay solid all season with Dorrell finishing the year with a .266 hitting percentage leading all of the outside hitters. Dorrell’s numbers included a career-best 271 kills, 129 blocks and selection to two all-tournament teams last year. Dorrell’s blocking was noticeably improved, and she collected a season-best seven total blocks at Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference Western Division win. She also posted a career-best 15 kills in SEC action against Kentucky and hit a career-best .778 (7-0-9) against Memphis as a sophomore.AS A FRESHMAN (2004)
Dorrell continued the Arkansas tradition of great freshman volleyball players by capping off her first season of collegiate play earning selection to the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The first-year player assumed a full compliment of duties in 2004 and responded hitting .209 with 266 kills, 2.03 kills per game, 30 assists, 67 digs and 128 blocks against one of the toughest schedules in the country. She improved her numbers against league opponents hitting .321 in the SEC with 127 kills, 29 digs and 71 blocks. Her hitting percentage ranked sixth in the conference. Dorrell had nine matches with double-digit kill totals including a season-best 15 in her first-ever collegiate match against Kansas. She was key in an SEC Western Division win at Auburn in a thrilling five-game match, recording 12 kills, hitting .474 and tallying seven blocks. She continued a great weekend with 13 kills and a season-best .667 hitting percentage at Alabama in a match that helped the Lady’Backs secure their 10th Western Division title. Late in the season, Dorrell was still playing strong with 12 blocks against LSU.AT ALEDO
Dorrell guided the Aledo Bearcats to several tournament titles earning numerous all-tournament team honors during her career. Dorrell earned district newcomer of the year honors as a high school freshman and repeated with three all-district awards. She paced the Bearcats to a 94-39 record in four seasons capping off her final year with her third all-state honor. The team captain won numerous all-tournament team honors her senior year, and she holds the school record for kills in a match with 25, and in a season with 501. Dorrell is a three-time Star-Telegram all-area selection and earned MVP honors at the TGCA 4A-5A All-Star Match in 2004. Dorrell paced her West team to a thrilling five-game win. Dorrell concluded her prep career ranked 89th at Prep Volleyball.com. In addition to volleyball, Dorrell was a four-year starter in basketball and a three-year track letterwinner at Aledo.PERSONAL
Born May 30, 1986, Jessica Marie Dorrell is the older of two children to James Dorrell and Polly Johnson. She has a younger brother, Chris.

Jessica Dorrell - Bobby Petrino Assistant

Jessica Dorrell

Bobby Petrino and Jessica Dorrell

Bobby Petrino and Jessica Dorrell

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Dorrell is engaged to be married on June 9th, check out her fiancée.

Bobby Petrino: Who Is Jessica Dorrell, Passenger In Arkansas Coach’s Motorcycle Accident? – International Business Times – Howard Koplowitz – Dorrell was also engaged to Josh Morgan and her wedding is scheduled for June, according to weddingchannel.com. The 25-year-old woman played volleyball at Arkansas and earned All-SEC honors, according to her bio.

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Bobby Petrino’s phone records come out April 12, 2012 – 6:50 am

Jessica Dorrell and Bobby Petrino on ESPN together in 2011 April 12, 2012 – 6:38 am

 

How about a coach swap? :Charlie Strong to Arkansas and Bobby Petrino to Louisville April 11, 2012 – 7:37 am

 

Bobby Petrino statement April 11, 2012 – 6:51 am

 

Bobby Petrino fired, but now seeking forgiveness April 11, 2012 – 6:20 am

 

Video and transcript of Jeff Long’s press conference announcing firing of Bobby Petrino April 11, 2012 – 5:53 am

 

Bobby Petrino’s arrogance led to his downfall April 10, 2012 – 3:46 pm

 

 

Petrino 911 Call – Jessica Dorrell And Bobby Petrino Refuse Help April 9, 2012 – 7:03 am

 

Earlier concerns about Petrino’s character are coming back up again April 9, 2012 – 6:24 am

 

Bobby Petrino has achieved the American Dream, but still is looking for something more April 8, 2012 – 1:46 pm

Rex Nelson speculates that Petrino may be fired because “…trust has been so broken…” April 8, 2012 – 12:06 pm

Lying about Jessica Dorrell may get Bobby Petrino in a lot of trouble April 7, 2012 – 1:38 pm

Can Bobby Petrino, Tom Brady and Coldplay all find the satisfaction they are seeking? April 6, 2012 – 2:15 pm 

Bobby Petrino to survive this wreck? April 6, 2012 – 11:08 am

Pictures of Bobby Petrino April 6, 2012 – 9:11 am

Who is Jessica Dorrell? (with pictures) April 6, 2012 – 9:06 am

Major coverage of Bobby Petrino mistake April 6, 2012 – 6:51 am

What will be Jeff Long’s decision on Bobby Petrino? April 6, 2012 – 5:36 am

Bobby Petrino admits to an affair April 6, 2012 – 4:41 am

What impact will breaking trust with Bobby Petrino’s family have? April 6, 2012 – 4:24 am

Two choices now for Bobby Petrino: Follow the path of purity or impurity

If Bobby thinks he is bruised now, then he needs to read about the guy in Proverbs 7:10-27 and what happened to him. I really am hoping that Bobby Petrino can put his marriage back together. He has a clear choice between two paths. In the sermon at Fellowship Bible Church at July 24, 2011, […]

Jessica Dorrell was taking a long ride with Bobby Petrino April 5, 2012 – 4:52 pm

Bobby Petrino hurt in wreck (picture included) April 2, 2012 – 9:31 am

Adrian Rogers’ sermon on Clinton in 98 applies to Newt in 2012

It pays to remember history. Today I am going to go through some of it and give an outline and quotes from the great Southern Baptist leader Adrian Rogers (1931-2005). Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times started this morning off with some comedy: From pro golfer John Daly’s Twitter account following last night’s Republican debate, […]

Dr. Adrian Rogers – Steadfast Loyalty To Your Wife

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A Powerful comparison to Christ loving the church and the husband never walking out on the wife.

 

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Two choices now for Bobby Petrino: Follow the path of purity or impurity

If Bobby thinks he is bruised now, then he needs to read about the guy in Proverbs 7:10-27 and what happened to him.

I really am hoping that Bobby Petrino can put his marriage back together. He has a clear choice between two paths. In the sermon at Fellowship Bible Church at July 24, 2011, teaching pastor Brandon Barnard made a great point about the two choices that you have. You can walk down the pathway of purity or impurity. The pathway of impurity is both persuasive and inviting. 

Proverbs 5:3

English Standard Version (ESV)

3For the lips of a forbidden[a] woman drip honey,
   and her speech[b] is smoother than oil,

Proverbs 6:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

24to preserve you from the evil woman,[a]
   from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.[b]

Proverbs 7:10-20

English Standard Version (ESV)

  10And behold, the woman meets him,

    dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.[a]
11She is loud and wayward;
    her feet do not stay at home;
12now in the street, now in the market,
   and at every corner she lies in wait.
13She seizes him and kisses him,
   and with bold face she says to him,
14“I had to offer sacrifices,[b]
   and today I have paid my vows;
15so now I have come out to meet you,
   to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16I have spread my couch with coverings,
   colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
   aloes, and cinnamon.
18Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
   let us delight ourselves with love.
19For my husband is not at home;
   he has gone on a long journey;
20he took a bag of money with him;
   at full moon he will come home.”

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Many times men come home and hear their wife complain about something that went wrong during the day with the kids, and maybe during the same day they visited with another lady who was flirting with them. It may seem to them that the option to leave the wife and join up with this nice younger lady is a good option.  However, the Bible calls her an “evil woman.” What kind of future will have with an evil woman that is not your the wife of your youth?  Later in chapter 7 Solomon says, “All at once he follows her,    as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast[c 23till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare;    he does not know that it will cost him his life.27Her house is the way to Sheol,    going down to the chambers of death. “

Anyone who is encouraging you to leave the wife of your youth for a younger lady is not following biblical advice.

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In the interview below Petrino said that family is everything.

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What will be Jeff Long’s decision on Bobby Petrino?

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Bobby Petrino admits to an affair

PETRINO AND DORRELL: Friends of the Program circulated this photo of Petrino and Dorrell at a Razorback event on the FOTProgram twitter feed. The Arkansas Times Blog has a good roundup on the events on Petrino and last night I watched 3 tv channels and saw their spin on Jeff Long’s press conference. On Channel […]

What impact will breaking trust with Bobby Petrino’s family have?

Jessica Dorrell was not revealed as the passenger on Petrino’s motorcyle until yesterday. Petrino may feel roughed up now, but he has a bigger task of restoring trust with his wife and kids ahead of him and that may another rough road he has to go down in the future. Back in July of 2011 at church I […]

Two choices now for Bobby Petrino: Follow the path of purity or impurity

If Bobby thinks he is bruised now, then he needs to read about the guy in Proverbs 7:10-27 and what happened to him. I really am hoping that Bobby Petrino can put his marriage back together. He has a clear choice between two paths. In the sermon at Fellowship Bible Church at July 24, 2011, […]

Jessica Dorrell was taking a long ride with Bobby Petrino

I learned about these developments from reading the Arkansas Times Blog. Petrino left some details out at his press conference. Everybody is reporting that he was not riding alone. A lot of outlets have been covering this and here is the report from Arkansas 360: Jessica Dorrell A Passenger On Motorcycle With Petrino At Time Of […]

Bobby Petrino Press Conference after accident

Bobby Petrino Press Conference after accident Uploaded by arkrazorbacks on Apr 3, 2012 Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Bobby Petrino meets with the media before practice concerning his motorcycle accident over the weekend ______ Image by ArkansasRazorbacks.com Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino addresses the media Tuesday in his first public appearance since suffering multiple injuries […]

Bobby Petrino hurt in wreck (picture included)

Image by Chris Bahn The site of Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle crash in Madison County, photographed on Monday. The object in the right-center is a lamp from the motorcycle. I have checked several sources this morning (KARK, update from Arkansas Sports 360 as of 9:04 am this morning) From ESPN: Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was […]

 

Adrian Rogers’ sermon on Clinton in 98 applies to Newt in 2012

It pays to remember history. Today I am going to go through some of it and give an outline and quotes from the great Southern Baptist leader Adrian Rogers (1931-2005). Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times started this morning off with some comedy: From pro golfer John Daly’s Twitter account following last night’s Republican debate, […]

Dr. Adrian Rogers – Steadfast Loyalty To Your Wife

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Arkansas razorback Garrett Uekman found dead this morning

Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman runs on the field with team mates Saturday, Nov. 19, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

I saw him play for Catholic against Bryant and I saw him run out on the field just yesterday, but he was found dead this morning in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas News Bureau noted:

I am proud of the way he represented our program,” Petrino said. “He did everything right and had one of our highest GPA’s on the football team. There was nothing Garrett loved more than competing. …

“I know it was Garrett’s dream was being at Arkansas and being a member of this football team. Our team will honor and respect his memory as we build this program.”

 Below is a story from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette website.

Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman runs on the field with team mates Saturday, Nov. 19, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

By Matt Jones 

Originally published November 20, 2011 at 2:56 p.m., updated November 20, 2011 at 4:27 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Garrett Uekman, a redshirt freshman football player at Arkansas, died Sunday at the age of 19.

Uekman was pronounced dead at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately known, though an autopsy to determine the cause is expected some time this week.

News of the tight end’s death came just hours after the team returned to Fayetteville from a game against Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Uekman’s home town.

Uekman graduated from Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys in 2010.

Arkansas football players were informed of the death at a team meeting Sunday afternoon, NBC affiliate KNWA-TV reported, and coach Bobby Petrino is expected to address the situation at some point Sunday afternoon.

photoArkansas redshirt freshman Garrett Uekman died Sunday, according to reports. + Enlarge

Several football players took to social media website Twitter to express their condolences. Among them, running back Knile Davis said, “Garrett Uekman rest in peace my brother. Watch over us as we continue to chase the dream (you) started with us. I love (you) and will forever miss (you).”

The No. 3 Razorbacks will play at No. 1 LSU on Friday.

Rachel Hood contributed to this report

Read tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Pictures from Arkansas’ 49 to 7 victory over Tennessee (Part 1)

My son Wilson and I enjoyed the game and we had great seats on the 40 yard line.  

Tennessee defensive back Izauea Lanier is unable to stop Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright from scoring at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.   (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Tennessee defensive back Izauea Lanier is unable to stop Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright from scoring at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett fails to catch a pass against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett fails to catch a pass against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas intercepts a pass for Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.   (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas intercepts a pass for Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Jerico Nelson at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Jerico Nelson at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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See larger Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino talks to officials at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino talks to officials at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas intercepts a pass for Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.   (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas intercepts a pass for Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Football Preview of UT Vols at Arkansas 11-12-11

I got to see Tennessee play at Alabama on tv and the score was 6-0 at the half. The funny thing is that Arkansas also had success in the first half against Alabama. However, the depth started to show in the 2nd half and Bama went on to win both games easily.

I spend a lot of time reading what our Arkansas newspapers have to say about the Razorbacks but I enjoy reading what other papers have to say too. Below is an article from John Adams who writes in Knoxville, TN for the Vols.

John Adams: Arkansas’ offense more fun to watch than defend

By John Adams

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tennessee has played No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Alabama. It has played three other teams currently ranked in the top 25.

But it hasn’t played an offense more capable of exposing its defensive shortcomings than Arkansas.

Even in a 4-5 start, UT’s defense has surpassed preseason expectations. Only three of its nine opponents have exceeded their scoring average at UT’s expense; in the last two games, it has given up just 14 points.

You will have a better idea of its defensive progress Saturday evening in Fayetteville.

Arkansas leads the SEC in points, yardage and first downs. It has the conference’s No. 1 passer in Tyler Wilson and two of its four most productive receivers in Jarius Wright and Joe Adams.

“Statistically speaking, they’re the best throwing team in the league,” UT coach Derek Dooley said at Monday’s media luncheon. “They have a quarterback who has a real playmaking mentality, a little bit like Tyler (Bray) has, and they have a lot of speed.

“It’s not just that they run fast. They play fast.

“And they play with a lot of swagger. Every time a team inches close to them, they answer the bell.”

Their success stems from more than speed. It’s also a testament to the strategical skills of coach Bobby Petrino, who has assembled the SEC’s most productive offense despite losing All-SEC running back Knile Davis to a season-ending injury in preseason.

“Every game, he comes up with a play that’s like an automatic touchdown,” Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright said this summer at the SEC Football Media Days. “That gives us a world of confidence.”

As Dooley said, you can see it in their play. The Razorbacks play as though they expect to score — a lot.

They have done that consistently since the end of Petrino’s first season when his team had all sorts of offensive limitations, especially at quarterback. It didn’t score more than

28 points in any of its first nine games and managed just 31 in one three-game stretch.

By the end of a losing season, when the Hogs upset LSU 31-30, you could see the transformation.

The Razorbacks have scored 30 or more points in 27 of their last 36 games despite playing in the best defensive conference in the country.

One of UT’s biggest challenges will be pressuring Wilson. Arkansas’ inability to slow Alabama’s pass rush figured prominently in its only defeat. But at no point in the season has the Vols’ pass rush been confused with Alabama’s.

Another challenge will be avoiding big plays against a versatile passing attack that spreads the ball around to wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. Sure tackling will be crucial against receivers capable of turning a short pass into a big gain.

Nor can UT ignore the running game, which struggled earlier without Davis but has progressed recently behind Dennis Johnson. He had 86 yards on 15 carries against South Carolina last week after gaining 160 on Ole Miss two weeks earlier.

“Bobby has always done a good job of running the ball,” Dooley. “They’re the other pro-style team in our league, so we enjoying watching them.”

Watching them might be more fun from a distance.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

Michael Dyer trash talking before Arkansas game on Oct 8th?

I don’t know what it exactly means, but you can judge for yourself after watching the video above.

Football: Auburn Duo Eager For Arkansas Homecoming

Posted on 06 October 2011

By Robbie Neiswanger
Arkansas News Bureau • rneiswanger@arkansasnews.com

FAYETTEVILLE — Kiehl Frazier began attending Arkansas games when he was five years old.

Over the years, he watched Arkansas play countless times in Razorback Stadium. He went to games with his family. He’d watch with friends. He even saw one as part of a recruiting visit to campus, calling the 2009 Georgia game one of his most memorable experiences.

So walking into the stadium won’t be anything new to Frazier when he returns this weekend. The difference, of course, will be the fact he’s wearing an Auburn uniform and trying to help the Tigers beat Arkansas.

“I can’t wait,” Frazier said Wednesday. “Fayetteville will always be my home and I grew up watching the Razorbacks and going to the game. So it will be a dream come true getting to play in the stadium.”

Frazier, a Shiloh Christian graduate, and Auburn running back Michael Dyer (Little Rock Christian) will make their first trip back to their home state with the Tigers on Saturday. Dyer carries a big role in offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s offense, leading the Tigers in rushing (567 yards). Frazier is finding his niche, offering a change of pace to starter Barrett Trotter at quarterback as a true freshman.

Neither has played in Razorback Stadium in their football careers, but Dyer knows what to expect when they’re greeted by Arkansas fans Saturday night.

“I’m sure they’ll have some boos and stuff like that,” Dyer said. “But that’s part of it when you’re one of those guys that could’ve stayed home and played, but decided to go somewhere else.”

Both Dyer and Frazier were recruited by Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his staff, but selected the Tigers for a chance to play in Malzahn’s offense. They joined a recent run of former Arkansas high school players to head to Auburn, joining former Tigers like tackle Lee Ziemba and receiver/quarterback Kodi Burns.

It’s hard to argue Dyer made the wrong choice after playing a big role in Auburn’s championship season.

He rushed for 1,093 yards, including 143 in the national title game win. His 37-yard run in the fourth quarter helped set up the game-winning field goal.

“I came down here and was able to do the things I was asked to do during my recruiting process and be able to play and contribute to the team,” Dyer said.

Dyer now is one of just a few returning offensive starters in a revamped attack. He showed some of his leadership in tying an Auburn record with 41 carries for 141 yards in the 16-13 win at South Carolina. It included 16 carries after suffering an ankle injury.

“That was just kind of the plan going in, and that’s kind of what was working the best,” Malzahn said of Dyer’s workload. “But we don’t plan on giving the ball 41 times to our running back each week.”

Frazier has only attempted one pass, but has helped the Tigers more and more with his running ability.

Frazier — who is still the third-team quarterback behind Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley — ranks third in rushing (81 yards). Most of the production came in his 48-yard performance against South Carolina.

“I’ve really thought he’s done a very solid job with what we’ve asked him to do,” Malzahn said. “Last week he came in during some key moments in the game and really, really made big plays for us.”

Both players would love nothing more than to enjoy success homecomings in Arkansas on Saturday.

Malzahn is the first to admit the return trip can be “weird” and “odd” the first time around. He said that was the case for him in 2008, when he came back to Arkansas as Tulsa’s offensive coordinator.

The newness has worn off for Malzahn, who is still looking for his first win in Arkansas. He’s confident Dyer and Frazier will handle the situation Saturday.

“From what I saw (Tuesday), they’re approaching it like any other game,” Malzahn said. “I’m sure there will be different emotions once they get there and all that, but they’ve got a job to do, and we’re playing against a very good defense. So they’ve got to be prepared and not get too high or too low.”

Dyer and Frazier said it’s no problem, although gameday probably can’t arrive quick enough for either Arkansas native. Both were busy earlier this week collecting tickets for family and friends.

Frazier said it will be good to seem them, too, although he’s certain not everyone will be rooting for Auburn to knock Arkansas in Fayetteville.

“They definitely want the Razorbacks to win,” Frazier said of his friends. “There’s deep loyalty there. But they’ve been kind of telling me they hope I do well.”

Saturday’s Ticket
No. 15 Auburn (4-1) vs. No. 10 Arkansas (4-1)
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville
TV: ESPN
Radio: Razorback Sports Network
Satellite Radio: Sirius (Ch. 91), XM (Ch. 91)
Series Record: Auburn leads 8-11-1
Last Meeting: Auburn 65, Arkansas 43 in 2010
Coaches: Arkansas — Bobby Petrino (27-16 in fourth season); Auburn — Gene Chizik (26-6 in third season)

 

Auburn’s Pat Dye at Little Rock Touchdown Club on Oct 3, 2011

We have had some great speakers at the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Auburn’s Pat Dye has to be included in that list.

10/3/2011 at 3:22pm

The last time former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye addressed the Little Rock Touchdown Club, he spoke about a wonderful meeting he’d had with Alabama native and author Harper Lee (“To Kill a Mockingbird”). Monday, Miss Lee would have been blushing at some of the saltiness in Dye’s entertaining luncheon speech, marking his third visit to the club in its eight-year history.

You can hear the full-on version at the Touchdown Club’s website. Maybe the comment about Paul Finebaum, when Dye wasn’t miked or at the dais, made the video. We’ll just touch on the key points he made about No. 15 Auburn’s game coming up Saturday with now No. 10 Arkansas.

Dye believes Arkansas has a good team. Or an outstanding one. Take your pick, because he said both, just like a coach would in speaking about an upcoming opponent. He definitely believes Arkansas has a great offense led by the genius of head coach Bobby Petrino, and it’s complemented by a good defense and kicking game.

He warns that Auburn has a great kicking game, which the Tiger program has been noted for at least since the glory days of Shug Jordan. As for Auburn’s offense and defense, well, Dye can’t give either one good marks. But somehow the Tigers are 4-1 and 2-0 in the SEC West in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year under Coach Gene Chizik.

Dye said last year’s Auburn excelled because of two players: quarterback Cam Newton was “Superman” on offense and tackle Nick Fairley was an unblockable force on defense. Fairley and Newton took Auburn from being just an average team to the 14-0 BCS national champion.

Newton and Fairley now are playing in the NFL.

Auburn is getting contributions from a number of players this year, including Arkansans Michael Dyer, a sophomore running back from Little Rock Christian, and Kiehl Frazier, a freshman quarterback from Shiloh Christian, contributing.

“Dyer carried it 41 times against South Carolina, and Auburn doesn’t beat South Carolina without the plays Kiehl Frazier made on third down near midfield,” Dye said.

Senior Barrett Trotter is the regular Auburn quarterback, but Frazier in spare doses is giving offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn (another Arkansas native) more of the type of signal caller he needs to run the Tigers’ offense — a good runner who can pass. Frazier’s runs helped Auburn keep key moving in the Tigers’ 16-13 upset at Columbia on Saturday.

Dye said he hopes Auburn can give Arkansas a competitive game “so you fans won’t leave early and go to your parties.”

Dye looked over the list of this fall’s previous Touchdown Club speakers — specifically noting former Alabama coach Gene Stallings. He said coaches like Stallings like to talk about the time they played and coached as being college football’s grand ol’ days, but disagreed with the assessment.

“Coach Stallings likes to live in the dark ages,” Dye said laughing. “We’re living in the golden age right now … There’s never been as much interest in college football across the United States as there is today.”

Dye says he’s on a panel with Stallings and former coaches who vote in the weekly Legends Poll. Dye said he’s told Stallings he couldn’t coach defense today like he did 15 years ago.

“All you had to defend was the I formation,” Dye said he told Stallings. “Now, there are a jillion formations.”

“He said, ‘They’re not teaching ’em how to tackle.’ I said, ‘Hell, they’re just tyring to teach them where to line up.'”

And that’s what Auburn’s Ghizik and defensive coordinator Ted Roof are dealing with down on The Plains with a young defense loaded with top prep prospects who are learning their way. Soon enough, they’ll be very good. But don’t read much into Saturday’s win at South Carolina. Dye said an Auburn fan was excitedly pointed to the play of the defense against South Carolina, but Dye interjected, “That wasn’t much of an offense they were playing.”

The whole sentence was spicier than that, but we’ll let you hear for yourself on the video.

“We don’t have a junior in our front four,” Dye said. “They’re playing with a lot of energy, but they’re just a bunch of guys who are wet behind the ears.”

Dye, who left coaching after the 1992 season, was pushed away somewhat from his continued involvement with Auburn’s program by former Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville, the Camden native who left the Tigers’ job after a 5-7 season in 2008 and is now at Texas Tech. Since Chizik’s arrival, he’s been a fixture again around Auburn football.

Late in a troubled 2003 season at Auburn, the then-school president and then-athletic director took a clandestine trip to Louisville to entice Bobby Petrino, who had been Auburn’s offensive coordinator in 2002, to replace Tuberville. Had news of that jet trip not leaked, history on The Plains (and Fayetteville too, for that matter) might have changed. Word did lead, though, right before Tuberville’s Tigers beat Alabama, and then Auburn went 13-0 the next year and finished the bowl season No. 2 behind Southern Cal.

Monday, it appeared Dye is a big fan of Petrino’s.

“He came from a great football family. All of his life, since he was wearing diapers, he’s been around football. There is none better than Bobby Petrino as far as an offensive football mind,” Dye said to reporters after the luncheon.

But, with Arkansas surrendering 628 yards last Saturday in Petrino’s fourth year at Fayetteville, can Petrino match the defensive side of the ball with his offensive acumen, I asked Dye.

“If he can recruit the kind of players they are getting at LSU and Alabama, and Florida, yes,” he said.

Remember what Dye said earlier about defending “a jillion” formations and just getting players to line up right.

During his luncheon, he gave a ringing endorsement of football in the South that would have you convinced the recruitable players are available for many teams beyond LSU, Alabama and Florida, and it’s why the SEC has won the last five national championships.

But, if anybody from outside the SEC can win the BCS Championship Game this year, it could be the Big Ten’s Wisconsin, Dye said.

He rattled off the pluses for the Badgers, including a line that averages 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, two outstanding receivers and three good running backs. “And, you know what they have that Alabama and LSU don’t,” he asked the large crowd at the Embassy Suites ball room.

“That have a great quarterback.” His name is Russell Wilson, and he started out at N.C. State before having to quit there because N.C. State wouldn’t let him also play professional baseball.

“And, you know, he almost came to Auburn,” Dye added.

The Tigers’ program got lucky beyond dreams last year, bringing in a rare one-and-done from junior college, Dye admitted. “It will be 20 or 30 years before another comes around like Cam Newton,” the College Football Hall of Famer said.

Then, Dye stood for a picture with Camden Fairview wide receiver Dominique Reed, honored Monday as the club’s high school player of the week for his five-catch, 290-yard effort two weeks ago against Hot Springs Lakeside.

Dye, who had a great playing career at Georgia before going into coaching and becoming the man who signed Bo Jackson — calling him the best athlete ever — looked up at the 6-foot-3 Reed and said, “I always liked to sign players who were a lot taller than me.”

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