Darren McFadden weighs in with his thoughts for next Arkansas coach
There’s not many former Razorbacks who carry the weight among the Arkansas faithful as former star RB Darren McFadden.
The North Little Rock, Arkansas native, didn’t come out with a name yet for the new coach following the Chad Morris firing, but he had one important aspect of the job the new coach must deliver.
“Whoever we bring in I hope they can keep our home grown talent in state,” McFadden tweeted. “If you look back the majority of the time when we’ve had successful teams the core group of guys are from Arkansas.”
McFadden has one of the more decorated careers of any Razorback. He is in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Friday, is Arkansas’ all-time leading rusher (4,590 yards), the SEC’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher and a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up.
McFadden has a series of tattoos to mark his love for his native state. He has “501 boy,” a tribute to his area code, tattooed onto his biceps, “Arkansas bred” tattooed on his stomach, a Razorback breaking through the A on his right shoulder and an interlocking “LR” for Little Rock covering much of his back.
From 2005 to 2007, McFadden’s No. 5 jersey was popular around the state.
He’s perhaps most remembered for a 50-48 upset of No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., with 206 rushing yards and 34 passing yards and, as his role in the Wild Hog formation accounted for 289 yards and four touchdowns the day after Thanksgiving. He had a breakout performance in the Wild Hog against Tennessee in 2006 when ESPN’s “College GameDay” was in town.