Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dyer has Chance to Start at Louisville

A year ago Michael Dyer’s collegiate football career looked doomed. Now, the former Little Rock Christian star, has a chance to start for a Top 10 team.
Dyer enrolled at Louisville earlier this month, and is now competing with two other backs for ‘co-starter’ status.
“Yeah, it’s real tight. You can put any of the three of them in there,” Cardinals offensive coordinator Shawn Watson told Louisville television station WDRB. “As we move through this week, we’re coming up with our plan of how we’re going to play those guys.”
Dyer is competing with Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry. Both backs have helped Dyer get acclimated to the offense with late-night film sessions.
“(Dyer)’s done really well. He’s transitioned into our offense very smoothly. He’s such a mature guy. He’s here with a purpose,” Watson says. “The amazing thing to me is that he had never run from the “I”-(formation) before…I’d put him in the “I” and let him run. He’s dynamic back there.”
Dyer signed with Auburn and set an SEC fresh

AP/The Jonesboro Sun, Saundra Sovick, File) Former Little Rock Christian standout Michael Dyer has a chance to start at No. 9-ranked Louisville after former Arkansas State coach Gus Malzhahn dismissed him from the team a year ago.

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Former Little Rock Christian standout Michael Dyer has a chance to start at No. 9-ranked Louisville after former Arkansas State coach

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Bielema Weighs in on “curveballs” in 2014 Hogs Schedule

Arkansas’ football season kicks off in over a week, but the 2014 schedule, which was released earlier in the morning, was the hot topic among media at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Wednesday.
First-year Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema held a short press conference before addressing a packed crowd of 700 fans at the Mariott Hotel in dowtown Little Rock.
The first question focused on next year’s schedule, which includes a season opener at SEC West rival Auburn, and the official end of the traditional regular season finale against LSU the day after Thanksgiving.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema speaks to media before The Little Rock Touchdown Club’s first meeting of the season Wednesday at the Marriot in Little Rock.


“I know Jeff has been fighting that fight for a long time, but it is a different age in the conference,” Bielema says. “I knew there were going to be some curveballs thrown. I know that is one that means a lot to the fans here. The best thing for me as a head coach, is we get a bye week before Alabama and LSU.”
Traditionally, teams play nonconferene opponents the first three weeks, but the … Read more >

Loss of QB Latest Test of Greenwood Coach’s Magic

NWA Media/JASON IVESTER Greenwood senior quarterback Jabe Burgess broke a bone in his foot and won’t play until possibly Week 8.

Greenwood senior quarterback Jabe Burgess broke a bone in his foot and won’t play until possibly Week 8.

As a longtime follower of prep football I always admired the Greenwood football tradition and coach Rick Jones. However, it wasn’t until a day in early December 2010 that I became a believer.
Camden Fairview led Greenwood by 13 points with less than seven minutes left in the 5A State Championship game at War Memorial Stadium.
The Cardinals moved the ball down to the Bulldogs 22-yard line, and the game appeared to be over.
However, fourth-and-long play Greenwood forced a fumble and took over.
By that time, I had made my way to field for post-game quotes. Greenwood clung to a small ray of hope.
They quickly scored, and their sideline buzzed with excitement.
Then, the Bulldogs recovered the onside kick, and it was on.
A few minutes later they scored and converted on a two-point conversion attempt to steal the win as time ran out. I couldn’t quite believe what had unfolded. It was the greatest ending I had seen in a prep game in a long time. What struck me was the demeanor of the Bulldogs players … Read more >

Cabot Coach Malham Has Stood Test of Time, Multiple Generations

Cabot coach Mike Malham knows speedy junior cornerback Logan Melder comes from good stock. After all, Logan’s dad, Lee Melder, played for Malham on the Panthers 1983 State Title team.
Lee Melder now coaches the Cabot South Junior High squad. As Malham enters his 33rd season at Cabot he’s coaching more and more second generation Panthers players.
“I’ve coached a bunch of my former players’ kids. When I start seeing grandkids, it may be time to get out,” says Malham, who is 256-114-4 at the school.
Malham, who recently turned 60, says retirement are in his short-term plans.
“I think there may be a few that want to see me retire because I don’t throw it enough,” he says. “I still enjoy it, and I think we can have a pretty good team.”
The 2013 Panthers return 14 starters and multiple three-year starters.
In over three decades Malham has built a program that thrives on a ball-controlling run game. When other programs bought into Gus Malzahn’s pass-happy Hurry Up No Huddle philosophy, Malham stayed true to his trusty “T” formation.
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” Malham says. “When you have a little bit of speed, it makes you … Read more >

Little Rock Touchdown Club Announces New Awards, Speakers

Ten years ago the Little Rock Touchdown Club had less than 20 members and founder David Bazzel hadn’t turned 40 and didn’t need reading glasses.
A decade later Bazzel heads a club that is one of the faster growing in the country, and he needs spectacles to read off a fantastic list of speakers for this football season.

Bazzel and Co. also made a splash Tuesday by revealing awards honoring football legends from the state.

Former Ouachita Baptist and Dallas Cowboy defensive back, Cliff Harris, beat tough odds to become one of the better safeties in the NFL in the 1970s. The Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award honors the best defender in NCAA Division II, III and NAIA.

The Dan Hampton Award, named after the Jacksonville native and former Arkansas and Chicago Bears star, is awarded to the best high school and college defensive linemen in the state. The Willie Roaf Award is given to the state’s top prep and college offensive linemen. Roaf, a Pine Bluff native, was an All-American at Louisiana Tech and starred for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Sully Award, named after KATV Sports Director Steve Sullivan, … Read more >