(Arkansas 1-2, 0-2 SEC vs. The University of North Texas 0-3)
The University of Arkansas announced that former Razorback George Walker will be the Old Spice honorary captain for the North Texas – Arkansas game Saturday. In a related issue, coach Houston Nutt has stated that Walker will also start at quarterback for the Hogs. Walker lettered for the Hogs in 1954, 1955, and 1957 at quarterback as well as punted, kicked field goals and returned kicks during his career.
(1,537 yards passing and 10 touchdowns ain't too shabby)
“We’re real excited about seeing if George can help us out in our passing game this week. This is by no means a poor reflection on Casey,” said Coach Nutt, “We just think George may give us the best chance at moving the ball this weekend against one of the most ferocious defenses we’ll see all season.”
Walker, who was elected to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 1999, says that this a huge honor.
“I’m just really proud to be part of this tradition, and apparently Coach Nutt and the University have found a loophole in the NCAA eligibility guidelines that make it possible for a seventy-something year old man to play quarterback once again. I hope that I don’t disappoint.”
Walker has been seen a lot lately around the weight room and track working to shake off the rust.
“Obviously, George is going to hand the ball off the majority of times to Darren and Felix, but we wanted to add a few wrinkles to the mix to keep the defense honest, so we’ve been working on the split T and wishbone formations to make George more comfortable back there behind center,” said offensive coordinator David Lee, “Also, he still has a strong arm so we also plan on utilizing it on some deep post routes for Robert (Johnson) and London (Crawford).”
“We’re just working on timing right now,” stated Johnson, “Basically if he throws the ball up field the moment it is snapped to him as far as he can, I can be there to receive it before it hits the ground. He’s looking real good at this point. I just hope the o-line will give him some time to throw, because we don’t need any shattered pelvises at the QB position right now.”
Alright, Let's Break it Down:
All you need to know about the Mean Green of North Texas are two things:
1. They like to throw the ball a lot. Coach Todd Dodge will air it out in what their media department likes to call "Dodgeball."
(I think the University should contemplate changing nicknames from the Mean Green to the Purple Cobras!)
2. Oklahoma scored 79 points on them already this season. If a lousy team like OU can hang 79, the Hogs should obviously exceed that.
(Even N. Texas' most famous football alumi, Mean Joe Greene and Stone Cold Steve Austin, wouldn't be able to stop D-Mac or Felix this weekend)
(A look back at the glory days of North Texas football when Kathy Ireland was the kicker)
Updated Prediction: Arkansas 127 University of North Texas 0.
The defense scores at least 7 touchdowns Saturday.
Go go Hogs go!