Football season nearing with SEC Media Days approaching

By Otis Kirk
on 2024-07-09 04:57 AM

FAYETTEVILLE — One knows football season is near when the SEC Media Days is approaching and this year’s event carries special meaning.

This year’s SEC Media Days will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, July 15-18. It will mark the beginning of the new SEC with Texas and Oklahoma now officially members.

Arkansas’ Sam Pittman will take quarterback Taylen Green, wide receiver Andrew Armstrong and defensive lineman Landon Jackson to the event. Arkansas will take its turn on Thursday, July 18, the last day of the event.

Armstrong returns for his second season on The Hill after leading the Hogs in receptions (56), receiving yards (764), receiving yards per game (63.7) and receiving touchdowns (5) a year ago. The Dallas native started all 12 games and caught at least two passes in every game, including a career-best nine vs. BYU for 98 yards. He logged 103 yards on three catches in the Razorbacks’ first-ever win at Florida and hauled in a pair of TDs in the victory vs. Kent State early in the season. He landed on Phil Steele’s All-SEC fourth team following the season and opens this season on Steele’s preseason All-SEC fourth team.

Green transferred from Boise State prior to spring practice and quickly won the starting quarterback job. The Lewisville, Texas native spent three years with the Broncos, playing in 28 games with 22 starts and passing for 3,794 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led Boise to the program’s first Mountain West Conference title since 2019 last season capping a season that saw him pass for 1,752 yards and 11 touchdowns with 226 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes to go with 90 yards rushing and two more scores on the ground in the win over UNLV.

Jackson, who represented Arkansas at SEC Media Days last season, enters his senior year as one of the best defensive linemen in the country. He was named a second-team preseason All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation earlier this summer coming off First-Team All-SEC recognition from the league’s coaches in 2023. The Texarkana, Texas native led the Hogs with career-highs in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (6.5) and tackles (44). He earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week and Bednarik Award Player of the Week for a performance at Alabama that saw him record a career-best 11 tackles with 3.5 sacks.

For Pittman this marks the fourth time he will represent Arkansas at the event. The first year he was head coach COVID caused the event to be canceled. Set to begin his fifth season, Pittman joins six other coaches having been head coach of the Razorbacks that long.

Arkansas will open the season on Thursday night, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU against UAPB in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. The Hogs will host Texas on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in Razorback Stadium.

(Last updated: 2024-07-09 04:57 AM)