Tuesday, September 6, 2011
3-point stance: When Hogs fly
By Ivan Maisel
1. Arkansas rushed for only 102 yards on 33 carries (3.1-yard avg.) Saturday in its 51-7 defeat of Missouri State. You’d think that Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino would take advantage of a lesser opponent to work out the kinks. Nope. “I’m not patient enough to just sit there and keep calling runs,” Petrino said. “When you see what you’re seeing out there on the field, I just say to myself, ‘Just throw it. What am I doing? Just throw the ball.’” You think practice today and Wednesday will be tough?
2. Southern Miss had three huge special teams mistakes, which isn’t unusual in Week 1. But the Golden Eagles beat Louisiana Tech, 19-17, because of their kicker. Preseason All-American Danny Hrapmann? Not exactly. Backup kicker Corey Acosta made field goals of 25 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter after Hrapmann cramped up. Hrapmann returned to make the 49-yard game-winner with 2:32 to play.
3. Lee Roy Selmon, who died Sunday at age 56, is being mourned as a legend by two universities. In the '70s, Selmon and his two brothers served as the foundation around which Barry Switzer built the first two of his three national champions at Oklahoma. And South Florida remembers Selmon as the athletic director who shepherded the Bulls into the FBS. That shows that Selmon is mourned for the person he was, not merely because he made a lot of tackles.