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Inside all true Hog lovers a flag of fandom flies. Today, it hangs at half-staff. Head coach Bret Bielema just announced Jonathan Williams, widely considered as...

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Inside all true Hog lovers a flag of fandom flies.

Today, it hangs at half-staff.

Head coach Bret Bielema just announced Jonathan Williams, widely considered as the nation’s top senior running back, will miss the rest of the regular season with a foot injury suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage. While teammates are saying all the right things about rallying in his absence, there’s no getting around the fact this is a serious downer of a newsflash.

Fortunately, though, the Hogs still have talented backs in Alex Collins, Kody Walker and Rawleigh Williams, and they still have an absolutely loaded offensive line by which holes for them will be rammed. Behind future NFL Draft picks like Sebastian Tretola, Frank Ragnow, Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper,  this line could contend for the best in program history.

Which perhaps explains some of the extreme bop in offensive line coach Sam Pittman’s step as he strutted into the team’s indoor fieldhouse for a recent training session. Mid stride, Pittman realized he was being filmed for a UA-produced Mic’d Up segment. “Oh, I didn’t know he was taping that. I was walking out like I was King Kong Bundy,” he told a group of snickering linemen. “Which I’m not, so I’m gonna walk out like normal people do.”

Indeed, Pittman is no 6’5″, 458 pound wrestler once dubbed the “Walking Condominium” by Gorilla Monsoon. But he’s big on keeping things light, and this is the sort of good humor which will go a long way as a much-need andidote to the kind of bad news all teams endure over the course of a season. In the Hogs’ case, it just struck a little earlier, and harder, than normal.

Make sure to enjoy Pittman’s clip through the link below.


It’s part of the new BestOfArkansasSports.com roundup of the state’s best interviews and video features found on radio, TV and online. Sign up to get these free emails three times a week. Plus, you’ll get hyperlinks to the interviews below.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Athletic Department
Sebastian Tretola Mic’d Up, In Which He Teaches Frank Ragnow to Groove
Sam Pittman, In Which He Cops to Entering a Room Like King Kong Bundy
Briunna Freeman, basketball player

KNWA Razorback Nation & Hogville

Discussion of how Jonathan Williams‘ foot injury – which could take him out of the season – will affect the Hogs
Jonathan Williams on Rawleigh Williams, now his likely replacement:  “He definitely reminds me of myself… when I came in, and how I was with Knile and Dennis Johnson, those guys and try to shadow them.  He definitely has the right mindset.”

5 News KFSM/KXNW
High School Football Previews – Farmington, West Fork, Lincoln, Cedarville
KAIT Region 8 Sports (inc. Red Wolves Raw)
Walt Bell, Red Wolves offensive coordinator, on squad’s first scrimmage
Whole Hog Sports
Bret Bielema

Wide receiver Kendrick Edwards
After Thursday practice
Razorback Nation [2:18]

Defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson – “Physically, I feel like we should be the best in the SEC”
After Friday practice
Whole Hog Sports [1:21]
Razorback Nation [2:20]



Linebacker Dre Greenlaw, on practicing with the second team
After Friday practice
Whole Hog Sports [1:37]
Razorback Nation [1:18]

 

 

Defensive back Kevin Richardson, on working at free safety

After Friday practice

Whole Hog Sports [1:40]

Razorback Nation [2:24]

Defensive back Ryan Pulley
After Friday practice
Razorback Nation [1:37]

 

Safety Rohan Gaines
After Friday practice
Whole Hog Sports [2:11]
Razorback Nation [2:59]

KATV Channel 7
+Cadillac Williams, former Auburn All-American, current Henderson State assistant coach [arrives in Arkadelphia one year after another ex Tiger, Kiehl Frazier, transferred to OBU] “It’s such a coincidence that I would come back to Arkansas to coach, when this is the place that kind of put me on the map.”
+First Razorback scrimmage report (from Saturday) High School Football Previews – Hot Springs, HS Lakeside, Sylvan Hills, Mills [Scroll through video pages at bottom]

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The Buzz 103.7 FM
The Show With No Name
Rick Neuheisel, former Washington head football coach-cum-reviewer of Siloam Springs bed and breakfasts
 
ESPN Arkansas 92.7/95.3/96.3/99.5 FM
Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly
Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma coach and Crossett native
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports Nostradamus, on why Hogs are Birmingham Bowl bound
Billy Connelly, SB Nation advanced stats maven, on Hogs’ fourth-quarter struggles in 2014
 
Razorback Roundtable
Chris Dufresne, LA Times national college football writer
 
107.1 FM El Dorado
The Carter Bryant Show
Johnny Carver, UA student and author of a book assessing the 50 greatest players in NBA history with advanced metrics
 
91.3 FM KUAF’s Ozarks at Large
David Hook, Rogers facilities development director on the city’s new Rail Yard Bike Park
 
95.3 FM The Ticket 
A-State Nation [all interviews w/ Red Wolves unless otherwise noted]
Luke Paschall, wide receivers and special teams coach
Cameron Brise, backup quarterback
Chuks Ota, defensive lineman with name in every way befitting 6’2″, 295 pound frame
Jake Swalley [‘Ye Whole], imposing junior defensive lineman
Dijon Paschal, wide receiver and yet more evidence A-State is nationally elite in terms of its overall name game depth
Allen Johnson, safeties coach
 
The Drive with Brad Bobo
Sharika Nelvis, champion hurdler, on upcoming World Championships
Steven Hampton, Nettleton head football coach
 
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