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#5 Darren McFadden
Position: TB
Other Position: TB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
High School: Pulaski Oak Grove HS
Experience: 2 Letters
#5 Darren McFadden
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 09/07/2005

TB, 6-2, 215

JR-2L

Little Rock, Ark.

(Pulaski Oak Grove HS)

 

2006 DOAK WALKER AWARD RECIPIENT

2006 HEISMAN TROPHY RUNNER-UP

2006 CONSENSUS FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

 

OUTLOOK: McFadden is the top returning player in college football after a storybook 2006 season that saw the Little Rock native burst onto the national scene, capture the Doak Walker Award, finish as the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a sophomore and lead the Razorbacks to a 10-4 record and an SEC Western Division championship. The consensus first-team All-American broke the UA single-season record and posted the fifth-best rushing season in Southeastern Conference history when he rushed for 1,647 yards. McFadden is one of only two running backs in the history of the Southeastern Conference to rush for 1,000 yards in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Georgia's Herschel Walker is the other. McFadden was the first Razorback to earn a trip to New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. A late-season surge allowed him to upset Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn for second place in the voting finishing behind Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith. McFadden was only the seventh freshman or sophomore to finish second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He was the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award. His versatility sets him apart from any other player in college football. Utilized as the quarterback in the “Wildcat” formation, McFadden dominated defenses with his running and passing. He shares the backfield with another 1,000-yard rusher and first-team All-American kick returner Felix Jones. The duo forms the most potent running back tandem in the nation. McFadden has established his own place in the SEC record books as well, next to legendary backs like Walker, Bo Jackson and Emmitt Smith. His career rushing average of 110.4 yards per game ranks fifth on the SEC career chart. He owns 12 100-yard rushing games in his 25-game collegiate career. In 2007, McFadden is primed to make a run at the nation’s most prestigious individual awards while leading the Razorbacks in their quest to defend their Southeastern Conference Western Division title.

 

2006: McFadden turned in the most prolific offensive season by an individual in Arkansas history on his way to winning the Doak Walker Award and finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up. The first Arkansas player to be a finalist for the nation’s top individual award, McFadden became only the seventh freshman or sophomore to finish as the runner-up after finishing behind winner Troy Smith of Ohio State. McFadden outpolled third-place Brady Quinn of Notre Dame by 96 points. McFadden became the first sophomore to win the 2006 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the top running back in the nation. He was the first Razorback to win the Doak Walker Award and only the third player in school history to win a major national individual award (Bud Brooks and Loyd Phillips - Outland Trophy). McFadden was a consensus first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), CBS Sportsline.com, SI.com, Walter Camp Foundation, Rivals.com and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was named as the unanimous SEC Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press, SEC Coaches, the Little Rock Touchdown Club and the Mobile Register. McFadden was also honored as the Jim Brown National Running Back of the Year by The Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) and the SEC Back of the Year by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. McFadden rushed for a school-record 1,647 yards on 284 carries. His season output marked the fifth-best rushing season in SEC history. He became just the third Arkansas running back to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and only the second player in SEC history to earn 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore (Herschel Walker Georgia). McFadden and teammate Felix Jones (1,168) became only the third duo in SEC history and the 38th tandem in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same year on the same team. McFadden led the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation averaging 117.6 yards per game rushing. He rushed for 100 yards or more seven times (Utah State, Alabama, Auburn, ULM, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU), including his first 200-yard effort vs. the Gamecocks with 219 yards on the ground. His seven 100-yard games in 2006 tied with Cedric Cobbs (2003) for the single-season school record. He became just the 12th player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career was the first UA sophomore to accomplish the feat. He reached the 2,000-yard barrier on just 324 carries, which averaged out to roughly 6.2 yards per carry. McFadden ranked second in the SEC and tied for 38th in the nation with an average of 7.00 points per game. He found the end zone 16 times racking up 14 rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one kickoff return score. He earned a rushing touchdown in nine of 14 games in 2006. In addition, he passed for three touchdowns out of the “Wildcat” formation. He finished the season 7-of-9 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns. He hauled in 11 catches for 149 yards, including a career-long 70-yard touchdown reception. He returned 10 kickoffs for 262 yards and scored his first career kickoff return touchdown on a 92-yard run against Mississippi State. McFadden ranked first in the SEC and sixth in the nation with 147.0 all-purpose yards per game. He shattered the UA record for all-purpose yards in a season by 454 yards with his total of 2,058. In fact, McFadden topped Dickey Morton’s previous school record of 1,604 all-purpose yards on rushing yards alone (1,647). He made a surprise start at flanker in the season opener after coming back from toe surgery on July 30. He rushed nine times for 42 yards and hauled in two passes for minus-6 yards against USC. He exploded for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Hogs' 20-0 win over Utah State. He scampered for a then-career-long 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Aggies. He also scored from nine yards in the second quarter. McFadden rushed for 71 yards on 19 carries in the Razorbacks' win over Vanderbilt. He tallied a 20-yard gain against the Commodores. McFadden turned in his second 100-yard game of the season with a 112-yard effort on 25 carries in Arkansas' 24-23 double-overtime win against No. 22 Alabama. He scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard run in the third quarter. He tallied first-down yardage on five of his carries and earned five or more yards on 10 of his 25 totes including runs of 9, 11, 12, 12 and 29 yards. His 29-yard run was the longest allowed by Alabama's defense, ranked 18th nationally, in the first four games of the season. He snared a successful two-point conversion pass in the third quarter. He also made another catch for one yard against the Crimson Tide. McFadden was named USA Today National Player of the Week after exploding for 145 yards and a touchdown in the Razorbacks' 27-10 road upset of No. 2 Auburn. He raced 63 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to register the first rushing touchdown against the Auburn defense all season long (six games). His 100-yard effort was the third of the season and the eighth of his career. He recorded nine runs of four yards or more and six runs of six yards or more against the Tigers. He tallied 71 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries in the Hogs' blowout win over Southeast Missouri State. All of McFadden's rushing attempts came in the first quarter. He scored on the Razorbacks' first offensive snap after racing 52 yards to paydirt. He also scored on a two-yard run later in the first quarter. He made one catch for 18 yards against the Redhawks in the second quarter. He then watched the remainder of the game from the sideline with the Razorbacks well in control. He rushed 17 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in Arkansas' 38-3 win over Ole Miss. He scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season on a four-yard run in the first quarter. He also made two catches for a career-high 85 yards and a touchdown against the Rebels. He took a screen pass from Mustain 70 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. The long-distance reception was the longest by a Razorback since 2004. McFadden tallied a total of 169 all-purpose yards for the game (65 rush, 85 receiving, 19 KR). He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time on the season with 129 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against Louisiana-Monroe. He scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter. He lined up at quarterback in the “Wildcat” formation three times and completed his first touchdown pass, a nine-yard toss to tight end Wes Murphy. He also handed the ball to Jones on a seven-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He earned a reception of his own for 11 yards in the win. McFadden turned in a career-best 219 yards on 25 carries at South Carolina. The 219 yards rushing is tied for the fourth-best rushing performance in school history. He also scored two touchdowns. McFadden eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season for the second-straight year (1,038) and became just the 12th player at Arkansas to rush for 2,000 yards in a career and the first sophomore to accomplish the feat. For his efforts against the Gamecocks, McFadden was named the national Cingular All-America Player of the Week. In one of the most impressive offensive showings of his career, he racked up 216 all-purpose yards in a win over No. 13 Tennessee. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for another score. His 181 yards rushing marked the fifth time in his career he had rushed for more than 180 yards setting a new UA record (old record - Fred Talley - 4 games). He scored on TD runs of five and 17 yards marking the seventh-consecutive game with at least one rushing score. He completed a 12-yard pass to Marcus Monk for a touchdown. McFadden lined up at quarterback for 13 plays against Tennessee. The Hogs gained 126 yards and three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 pass) on those plays. He racked up 194 all-purpose yards and recorded his first kickoff return for a touchdown in the Hogs' 28-14 win at Mississippi State. McFadden earned 84 yards on 26 carries and completed a 16-yard pass to Marcus Monk in the win. He returned two kickoffs for a total of 94 yards against the Bulldogs. His 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter broke a 7-7 tie in the first quarter. He torched the No. 1 defense in the nation for 222 yards of total offense in the Razorbacks' loss to No. 9 LSU. He rushed 21 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers. He burst free for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. On that run, he broke Madre Hill's UA single-season rushing mark (1,387). He also scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. McFadden completed both of his passing attempts in the game for a total of 33 yards including a 28-yard strike to Robert Johnson to set up the Hogs' first touchdown. He also found Dick for a five-yard completion. McFadden also hauled in a pass for a seven-yard gain against LSU. He lined up at quarterback on 16 plays with the Hogs netting 133 yards (8.3 avg.) out of the "Wildcat" formation. McFadden rushed 21 times for 73 yards in the Razorbacks' 38-28 loss to No. 4 Florida in the 2006 SEC Championship Game. He completed a two-yard pass to Jones for a touchdown before throwing an interception and an incompletion on his following two passing attempts. He earned two receptions for 27 yards, including a 19-yard gain against the Gators. He played, despite being slowed by a sprained ankle and an Achilles injury, against Wisconsin in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. He rushed 19 times for 89 yards against the Badgers. He broke away on a 45-yard run on the Hogs’ first offensive possession for his longest run of the day. He completed one pass on one attempt for minus-3 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 36 yards, including a long gain of 20.

 

2005: Simply put, it was the most spectacular season by a Razorback freshman running back in school history. By the time his rookie campaign was complete, he had collected nearly every award imaginable and re-written portions of the UA record book. He shattered the UA freshman record with 1,113 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 176 carries. The previous school record of 668 yards was set by Cedric Cobbs in 1999. He was fourth in the SEC and 31st in the nation in rushing. His rushing average was the third-best by a freshman in the country. In SEC play, he was third in the league with 103.8 yards per game. He was the first freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in school history and just the seventh Razorback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He was the second-fastest UA back to 1,000 yards, eclipsing the mark in 152 carries. He became just the seventh freshman running back in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards, joining legendary running backs like Herschel Walker, Emmitt Smith, Reggie Cobb, Chuck Webb, Jamal Lewis and Justin Vincent. He became the first Razorback freshman to post multiple 100-yard rushing games when he tallied five such efforts including three of the top four freshman single-game rushing marks in school history. He and teammate Felix Jones, who ran for 626 yards on 99 carries, tied for the league lead with 6.3 yards per carry. He averaged more than seven yards per carry in five games. He had eight runs of at least 35 yards, including two 70-yard touchdown runs and a 64-yard burst. He also had 14 runs of 20 yards or more. He tied for eighth in the league in scoring at 6.2 points per game. He was third among league players in touchdowns. He had at least one touchdown in seven of 11 games and scored multiple touchdowns four times. He was second in the SEC and 28th nationally with 137.5 all-purpose yards per game. He had 1,513 total yards with 1,113 rushing, 348 on 12 kickoff returns (29.0) and 52 on 14 receptions (3.7). An honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly, he earned first-team freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and The Sporting News. The SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press, the league’s coaches and CollegeFootballNews.com, he was also first-team All-SEC by those three along with ESPN.com and Scout.com. He was also named to the All-SEC Freshman team by the league’s coaches and The Sporting News. Named by ESPN.com as the SEC’s Newcomer of the Year, he was also voted UA’s MVP by the Little Rock Touchdown Club. He won the SEC Freshman of the Week award twice and the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week once. He was named the Hogwired.com Offensive Player of the Week six times on the season. Arkansas boasted three 100-yard rushers against Missouri State in the season opener, but he was not one of them. He carried the ball nine times for 70 yards, including a long of 37 and his first career touchdown from three yards out. He only carried the ball once in the Vanderbilt game, but picked up six tough yards on a fourth-down play to keep a drive alive. He proved to be a threat against the nation’s top team as he reeled off a team-high 88 yards against top-ranked Southern California. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry with 88 yards on 13 carries and was named the Hogwired.com Offensive Player of the Week. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for 43 yards against the Trojans. He garnered 95 yards on only eight carries for an 11.9 yards-per-carry average at Alabama. He capped his performance with a 70-yard burst up the Alabama sideline that was highlighted by a ferocious stiff arm that allowed him to get into the end zone. His performance garnered him a second-consecutive Hogwired.com Offensive Player of the Week honor. He topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career with 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries in a non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe. He combined with Jones to become the first Razorback freshman duo to rush for 100 or more yards in the same game. He also busted a career-long 64-yard kickoff return vs. the Indians. He made it two 100-yard games in a row with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against Auburn. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his efforts. His signature game of the 2005 campaign came at Georgia where the true freshman exploited one of the best defenses in the nation for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He simply out-ran the Bulldogs’ defense for a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter at Athens. He later punched it in from one yard. For the second-consecutive week he earned league freshman honors and garnered Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week accolades as well. He followed the Georgia game with another spectacular performance against South Carolina. He racked up 187 yards on 32 carries against the Gamecocks. His two-game total of 377 rushing yards was the second-best back-to-back game total in school history. His 190-yard output against Georgia and his 187-yard effort against South Carolina are the top two freshman single-game rushing marks in school history. The South Carolina outing also marked his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance. Only two other players in school history have rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games (Jerry Eckwood, 1975 and Cedric Cobbs, 2003). A stingy Ole Miss defense held him to his second-lowest rushing output of the season with just 22 yards on 13 carries. He returned to form the following week against Mississippi State when he ripped off 165 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns en route to surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing barrier. He had three runs of 20 yards or more and two of 35 yards or more, including a long run of 64 yards. It was on his 64-yard jaunt against the Bulldogs that he eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau. In the season finale against No. 3 LSU, he collected 57 hard-earned yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. He scored his 11th touchdown of the season on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He also completed the first pass of his career when he found Marcus Monk for 13 yards on a fourth-down play late in the game to extend the Razorback offensive drive.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He was the only player from the state of Arkansas to be named to the Parade All-America team in 2004. He was also selected to the second team All-South squad by Countdown to Signing Day. He racked up 4,871 yards rushing on 497 attempts in his prep career and averaged 9.8 yards per carry for Coach John Mayes. He was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2004. He was also selected to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas squad. He was also tabbed as the 4A-Southeast Conference’s Outstanding Back. He earned all-state and all-area honors as both a junior and a senior. He rushed for 1,965 yards and 27 touchdowns on 184 carries as a senior. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry and scored three or more rushing touchdowns in six games during his senior season. He made three receptions for 67 yards and one score. He completed six-of-15 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns as a quarterback. He also returned nine punts for 370 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for a school-record 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns on 204 carries. He averaged 9.9 yards per tote as a junior leading his squad to an 8-4 record and second-place finish in the 5-AAA Conference. He hauled in nine passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He also earned 103 yards on 12 punt returns. In his sophomore campaign, he rushed for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns on 109 carries. He hauled in 12 receptions for 333 yards and five scores. He also returned 10 punts for 82 yards and 14 kickoffs for 372 yards. In the summer of 2004, he was named as the most valuable player of the Houston Nutt Football Camp. In addition to football, he was a standout in baseball and track and field in high school. He owned a vertical jump of 32 inches in high school. He was ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the nation and the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas by Rivals.com. The organization also rated him as a five-star prospect and the No. 3 athlete in the country. Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report rated him as the No. 8 running back in the nation. He was No. 21 on the Mobile Register’s Super Southeast 120 listing. He was also listed as No. 21 in The Dallas Morning News Top 100. He was also among the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100. He participated in the 2005 Arkansas High School All-Star Game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. He was also recruited by a host of other schools including Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska, Auburn and Iowa.

 

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 27, 1987, he is the son of Graylon McFadden and Mini Muhammad. He is enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions and is majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching. He was named to the Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll for Fall 2006. He was also named a Hard Working Hog for the 2005-06 academic year.


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