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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
New Coach Impressed with Whaley

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Devwah Whaley was a solid contributor for Arkansas last season. But this year could be even better for the Razorbacks’ junior running back.

New Arkansas coach Chad Morris raved about how Whaley has used the summer to get in better shape, something that could bode well for both Whaley and the Razorbacks’ offense.

“You sit here and look at Devwah, the way he looks right now. I thought he was overweight in spring and just didn’t see it. He knew it, he felt it, he worked really hard this summer to get his body in shape and cut his body fat down,” Morris said. “A total difference, when you see him walk out on that field, he’s grinning the moment he grabs his helmet out of his locker.”

Whaley spent time in Bermuda back in May, running the beaches and trials working on his fitness.

Whaley started 11 games and played in all 12 for Arkansas last season, rushing for 559 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed for slightly fewer yards than he did as a freshman in 2016, but Whaley could be poised to have a breakout campaign this season.

The Razorbacks could get production from more than just Whaley in the backfield, as Morris is pleased with the depth they have.

“We all know in this league that you better have some depth at that position,” Morris said.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Whaley Reports to Arkansas Weigh-In

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Head coach Chad Morris welcomed his football team back to campus Thursday with The BIG Weigh-In. The weight check serves as the start of fall camp for the Razorbacks, who will hit the field for the first time Friday at 6 p.m.

Devwah Whaley – The junior running back shrunk his body fat by 4.5% and pushed his broad jump out by eight inches.
Friday, August 03, 2018
Roberts Signs With Alliance Salt Lake
Former Delta State University Football player George Roberts has signed with the Alliance Salt Lake City team.

The Alliance of American Football was announced on March 20, 2018, by filmmaker Charlie Ebersol. The AAF will be overseen by former NFL general manager Bill Polian, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and executive J.K. McKay. Advisers also include former Steelers receiver Hines Ward; former New York Giants and Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck; and Ebersol's father, retired NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol.

During discussions with potential coaches, the league set a base salary for a head coach at an estimated $500,000. Coaches were not announced until their team was announced and potential coaching candidates must sign a non-disclosure agreement. Bill Polian stated that the league would prefer coaches with previous National Football League experience to fill the positions. The first team was announced on April 7, 2018, was Orlando with its coach Steve Spurrier. By June 2018, the league had announced its eight inaugural teams and their cities. Regional drafts will be held with protection for local college players that are eligible.

The AAF plans to begin its inaugural, 10-week season on February 9, 2019. The four-team playoff would be capped with the league's championship game planned for the weekend of April 26–28.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Whaley & Arkansas Kickoff, TV Set For First 2 Home Games

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Game times and networks for Devwah Whaley and his Arkansas’ football teammates games against Eastern Illinois and North Texas this upcoming season were announced by the Southeastern Conference.

Arkansas’ Sept. 1st season opener against Eastern Illinois in the new Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will kick off at 3 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

After a trip to Colorado State in Week 2, Arkansas will welcome North Texas to Fayetteville on Sept. 15, for a 3 p.m. CT matchup televised on SEC Network Alternate.

The remainder of Arkansas game times and television schedule will be announced during the season.

Single game tickets and mini plans went on sale to Razorback Foundation Members on Monday, June 11th, to season ticket holders on Tuesday, June 12th, and to the general public on Thursday, June 14th.

2018 Arkansas Football Schedule

Sept. 1 – EASTERN ILLINOIS, 3 p.m. CT on SEC Network
Sept. 8 – at Colorado State, 6:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network
Sept. 15 – NORTH TEXAS, 3 p.m. CT on SEC Network Alternate
Sept. 22 – at Auburn
Sept. 29 – vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Oct. 6 – ALABAMA
Oct. 13 – OLE MISS
Oct. 20 – TULSA
Oct. 27 – VANDERBILT
Nov. 3 – Open Date
Nov. 10 – LSU
Nov. 17 – at Mississippi State
Nov. 24 – at Missouri
Monday, June 11, 2018
Whaley Could Go High in 2019 NFL Draft

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Devwah Whaley of Arkansas football could find himself in the realm of Stanford’s Bryce Love and Alabama’s Damien Harris with a solid 2018 performance.

Arkansas football had a surprisingly solid class that it sent to the 2018 NFL Draft, including a first round pick to the Detroit Lions in center Frank Ragnow. Detroit is trying to build up their ground game, as they also selected former Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round.

The leader for that rushing attack is rising junior running back Whaley. Behind Whaley falls guys like Chase Hayden and T.J. Hammonds. The former four-star prospect Whaley is by far the most talented out of all options the Hogs have in the running back stable, though.

Last year was somewhat of a down season by all considerations for Whaley. He was supposed to have a breakout sophomore campaign. Instead, it was more of a sophomore slump. However, you can’t say that the 2017 season was completely one to forget for Whaley as he still averaged well over 4.0 yards per carry and set a career high in rushing touchdowns with seven.

A shake up in the coaching staff could be exactly what Whaley needs to have a solid junior season, and build his draft stock toward a possible early declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. Bret Bielema had worn out his welcome with the Hogs, and some new-found running room for Whaley would definitely be a welcome sight.

Walter Football ranks Whaley as a top 12 running back in the 2019 class. That projects him as a selection between rounds four and six. For all intents and purposes, this is a low ranking due to Whaley’s tough go last season. Putting together a good 2018 could pretty easily move him into that top 10.

Racking up around 900-1,000 rushing yards would not only put Whaley on the map, he could see a projection as a second or third round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Arkansas could also use an offensive leader to step up like that to move back toward postseason eligibility.
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