Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys.

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McFadden with the Cowboys in 2015
No. 20
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:August 27, 1987 (age 31)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:North Little Rock (AR) Oak Grove
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:5,421
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:28
Receiving yards:2,114
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

McFadden was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 27, 1987 to Gralon McFadden and Mini Muhammad.[1] The tenth of twelve children, he encountered hardships in his early life with some members of his family, including his mother, having addictions to drugs.[2]

He attended Oak Grove High School in North Little Rock, where he was a three-sport star in football, baseball, and track. He played a variety of positions for his football team, but was primarily used as a running back on offense, and a safety on defense.[3] In track & field, he competed as a sprinter and was timed at 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash. During his senior season, McFadden was a Parade magazine high school All-American in 2004, as well as the Arkansas High School player of the year for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.[3] Following his senior year, he was awarded the prestigious Landers Award,[4] given every year to the top player in the state of Arkansas. McFadden was ranked the number 23 player in the nation by Rivals.com and the number three athlete, and was given a five star rating, the highest star rating.[3] He was a highly recruited prospect, and while he garnered interest from many schools around the Deep South including Tennessee, Alabama, and Auburn, he chose to end the recruiting process early and attend the University of Arkansas.[2][3]

College career

McFadden received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas, where he was a standout running back for coach Houston Nutt's Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 2005 to 2007.

2005 season

In 2005, his true freshman season, McFadden rushed for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns on 176 attempts. He was an integral part of an Arkansas offense that ended up going 4–7 with close losses to Georgia and LSU. McFadden tallied over one hundred rushing yards in five games, with his best performance coming on a 31-carry, 190-yard game against Georgia. McFadden followed the Georgia game with a 187-yard effort against the South Carolina Gamecocks. McFadden also completed his first pass in a Razorback uniform in the game against LSU, when he completed a pass to Marcus Monk for thirteen yards on a critical fourth quarter drive.[1][3]

McFadden ended the season with the most yards a freshman running back had ever gained in an Arkansas uniform, and became only the seventh Southeastern Conference player to rush over 1,000 yards as a freshman. He was recognized at the end of the season as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year honors by both the SEC Media as well as SEC coaches. McFadden also garnered Freshman All-American nods, and was named as Newcomer of the Year for the Southeastern Conference by ESPN. He continued through spring practice early the next year as the number one running back on the Razorback depth chart, a spot he never relinquished while on campus.[1][3]

2006 season

In 2006, despite a slow start to the season due to a dislocated toe from an off the field incident at a night club in Little Rock,[5] McFadden rushed for a school-record 1,647 yards, the fifth best all-time in the SEC for single season yards, scored 14 touchdowns, and threw for three more touchdowns on just nine passing attempts, becoming a first-team All-American.[3] McFadden also attained a new career high for yards in a single game in his 219-yard performance in a 26–20 win against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.[6] Thanks to his efforts, Arkansas streaked to ten wins and the SEC Western Division Championship, but lost to Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2007 and finished with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses.[7]

On December 6, 2006, McFadden was named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, along with Troy Smith of The Ohio State University and Brady Quinn of the University of Notre Dame. In the final 2006 Heisman vote, McFadden placed second with 1,662 points, behind Smith (1750 points) and ahead of Quinn (1622 points).[8] On December 7, 2006, McFadden became the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.[9] He was also the winner of Jim Brown Trophy in 2006.[10] He was also a consensus All-America choice, making the vast majority of teams selected.[3]

McFadden surpassed Madre Hill as the record holder for most rushing yards in a season at the University of Arkansas in 2006.[3] He was also the centerpiece of the "Wildcat formation," an offensive formation wherein McFadden usually lined up at quarterback position. McFadden often played quarterback in high school, and in the Wildcat formation, he was a threat to throw the ball, to run the ball, or to hand off to another player.[3]

2007 season

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McFadden in 2007 during a game between Arkansas and the Tennessee at Neyland Stadium

Before the 2007 season, McFadden was believed to be one of the top NFL draft picks after the 2007 season if he declared for the 2008 NFL Draft. On Sports Illustrated's website, a photo gallery chronicling the best possible candidates in the 2008 draft he was tipped as the number one pick.[11] McFadden was also predicted to be a front-runner for many awards, including the Doak Walker, the Maxwell, and the Walter Camp Player of the Year.[3]

McFadden began the 2007 season with five consecutive games in which he gained at least 120 yards. Highlighting these were a 195-yard effort against Alabama,[12] a 151-yard game against Troy,[13] and a 173-yard effort against Kentucky.[14] After this stretch of games, McFadden looked to be a lock for the Heisman trophy, at the top of generally every watch list. On November 3, 2007, McFadden tied the Southeastern Conference single-game rushing record held by former Vanderbilt Commodores running back Frank Mordica's 1978 game total versus the Air Force Falcons with 321 yards rushing against the South Carolina Gamecocks.[15] On November 23, 2007, McFadden led Arkansas to a 50–48 triple overtime victory over the number one ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, winning the Battle for the Golden Boot for Arkansas. McFadden rushed 32 times for 206 yards and three TDs, and completed three of six pass attempts for 34 yards and a touchdown.[16] After Arkansas lost 38–7 to Missouri in the January 1, 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas, McFadden decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2008 NFL Draft on January 14, 2008.[17]

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McFadden with Arkansas in 2007

By any measure, McFadden's 2007 season was a success: he was selected as the Sporting News magazine National Player of the Year, was a consensus First Team All-American for the second straight season, won the Doak Walker Award for the second year in a row, was selected as the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year by SEC coaches, and he was also awarded the Walter Camp Award, given to the nation's best overall player voted on by the Walter Camp Foundation.[3] He ended his junior season with 1,829 yards rushing on 325 carries and 16 rushing touchdowns. He also threw four touchdown passes, and garnered another touchdown receiving.[3] On December 6, 2007, McFadden was announced as the winner of the Walter Camp Award and as the winner of the Doak Walker Award.[18][19] He became only the second person (along with Ricky Williams) in history to win the Doak Walker Award twice. McFadden finished as the runner-up for the 2007 Heisman Trophy for the second year in a row. He was runner-up to Tim Tebow of the Florida Gators by a margin of 1,957 points to 1,703 points,[20] making him the first person since 1949 to finish second in Heisman voting in consecutive years. Again, McFadden was the winner of the Jim Brown Trophy, given to the nation's top running back.[10] Additionally, he was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[21]

McFadden ended his college career as the most decorated player in school history, and holds virtually all of the university's rushing records, and is also in a number of the SEC's all-time top 10 rushing spots. His career total of 4,590 yards ranks second all-time in career rushing yards in the SEC, behind only Herschel Walker of Georgia with 5,259. McFadden finished his career in seventh place for the Southeastern Conference career rushing touchdowns record with 41.[22]

In late December 2007, sports agent and former Arkansas track and field athlete Mike Conley, Sr. was accused by KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas of purchasing a Cadillac Escalade for McFadden, which would have jeopardized McFadden's status as an amateur athlete for the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic and a possible senior season. KARK later retracted the report and apologized to Conley.[23] On March 6, 2008, Electronic Arts announced that McFadden would be cover athlete for the Xbox 360's version of NCAA Football 09.[24]

Career statistics

Rushing Receiving Passing Kickoff Returns
Year G Att Yds Avg TD Lg Rec Yds Avg TD Lg Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Lg No. Yds Avg TD Lg
2005 11 176 1,113 6.3 11 70 14 52 3.7 0 12 1 2 50.0% 13 6.5 0 0 13 12 348 29.0 0 81
2006 14 284 1,647 5.8 14 80 11 149 13.5 1 70 7 9 77.8% 69 7.7 3 1 28 10 262 26.2 1 92
2007 13 325 1,830 5.6 16 80 21 164 7.8 1 57 6 11 54.5% 123 11.2 4 0 42 16 316 19.8 0 33
Totals 38 785 4,590 5.8 41 80 46 365 7.9 2 70 14 22 63.6% 205 9.3 7 1 42 38 926 24.4 1 92

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on February 24, 2008, McFadden ran an unofficial time of 4.27 seconds and an official time of 4.33 seconds on the 40-yard dash, which was second among all running backs at the combine to only Chris Johnson, who ran a then-record 4.24.[25] McFadden also reportedly scored a 17 on the Wonderlic exam.[26] McFadden's selection number in the draft was subject to varying speculation. He was criticized for possible character concerns stemming from two nightclub altercations and the hiring of a lawyer to handle his paternity problems.[26]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 14 in
(1.86 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
4.33 s 1.50 s 2.53 s 4.10 s 6.86 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
13 reps 17
All values from NFL Combine except 20ss, 3-cone, and vertical leap from Arkansas Pro Day

Oakland Raiders

2008–2009 seasons

McFadden was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Raiders signed McFadden to a six-year, $60.1 million contract which included US$26 million in guarantees. Contract negotiations were rapid due to Raider fears of a second consecutive contract holdout as was the case with quarterback JaMarcus Russell in 2007.[27]

At training camp, McFadden impressed Raiders coach Lane Kiffin with his ability to take instructions once and seamlessly incorporate them into his game. Media observers considered him the most complete Raiders rookie at this stage since Marcus Allen.[28] On September 8, McFadden made his NFL debut against the Denver Broncos, where he had 46 rushing yards on 9 carries; the Raiders lost the game, 14-41. McFadden scored his first professional touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 14, 2008, his second NFL game, in which he gained 164 yards on 21 carries.[29] McFadden also suffered an injury to his big toe in this game, which limited him for the next 14 games, including three missed games. On November 23, in a game against the Broncos, McFadden scored 2 touchdowns, his first multi-touchdown game in his career. He ended the season with 499 yards on 113 attempts, with four touchdowns. He also made 29 receptions for 285 yards. Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, who took over after Kiffin was fired by owner Al Davis, was criticized for not playing McFadden later in the season. Responding to criticism, Cable stated “Well what really dictated was the rotation we were in, terms of the game, the flow of the game. I think [Justin] Fargas played pretty well. It’s just those situations present themselves."[30] Oakland Tribune writer Jerry McDonald responded to Cable's statement, saying "If the flow of the game means keeping McFadden, an excellent receiving back, off the field on third down plays which call for a pass, then the flow needs to be changed by the play-caller."[30] During the 2009 Oakland Raiders campaign, McFadden was bothered by numerous injuries and saw a career low in carries and yardage. McFadden's low point of the season came when he rushed for minus 2 yards against the Texans on October 4.

2010 season

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McFadden with the Raiders in 2010

McFadden started the 2010 season as a better player than he was in his first two seasons. Against the Tennessee Titans on September 12, McFadden rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries. In Week 2, McFadden rushed for 145 yards on 30 carries against the St. Louis Rams. McFadden rushed for 105 yards with a rushing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. McFadden missed 4 games due to a knee surgery for a torn meniscus after getting injured on Oct 5 against the Houston Texans. Upon his return on October 24, 2010 against the division rival Denver Broncos, McFadden carried the ball 16 times for a total of 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also recorded 2 receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. McFadden became only the 4th Raider to have 4 touchdowns in a game. Art Powell, Marcus Allen, and Harvey Williams were the others.[31]

On November 21, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, McFadden would rush for only 14 yards. Against the Miami Dolphins on November 28, McFadden struggled again. This time, he rushed for only 2 yards on 8 carries.[32] McFadden would get on track against the San Diego Chargers in Week 13. He rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries.

McFadden finished the 2010 season as one of the 5 most-productive NFL running backs despite playing in only 13 games. He had career highs in rushing (1,157 yards), receiving (506 yards), TDs (10 total—7 rushing, 3 receiving), and total yards from scrimmage (1,663 total yards). He had 6 games with at least 100 yards rushing, and a total of 9 games with at least 89 yards rushing. His rushing yards per game (89.0), total scrimmage yards (1,663) and yards per carry (5.2) were all ranked in the top 5 among NFL running backs.[33]

2011 season

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McFadden (far right) in 2012

In the Raiders' season opener against the Broncos in Week 1, McFadden rushed for 150 yards. McFadden's 150 yards was the most ever for a Raiders running back in a season opener. The Raiders would hold on and win the game 23-20.[34] Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, McFadden was held to 72 yards with a rushing touchdown on 20 carries, a 3.6 average. However, McFadden found other ways to help the Raiders. He caught 7 passes for 71 yards and scored a receiving touchdown. However, the Raiders lost the game 38-35. Against the Jets in Week 3, McFadden rushed for 171 yards, a new career high, on 19 carries to help the Raiders win 34-24. In the process, McFadden scored 2 rushing touchdowns. McFadden became the third running back to rush for 100 or more yards against the Jets in the Rex Ryan era. McFadden's performance earned him FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. Against the Cleveland Browns in week 6, McFadden rushed for 91 yards on 20 carries, a 4.6 average, and a rushing touchdown.

By the end of Week 6, McFadden was leading the league in rushing with 610 yards, as well as contributing 19 receptions for 154 yards, and the Raiders were 4-2. In Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs, however, McFadden had to leave the game after 2 runs due to an aggravation of his chronic foot condition and was shut down for the remainder of the season.[35]

2012 season

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McFadden evades Paul Soliai in 2012.

McFadden returned for the 2012 season, but struggled throughout the year and finished with 707 yards on 216 carries. He did lead the Raiders in rushing, and he recorded three 100-plus-yard rushing performances. His difficulty was attributed to his continued injury problems, as he missed another four games during the season, and the return of the zone-blocking scheme that McFadden struggled with in his first 2 years with the Raiders.[36]

2013 season

McFadden appeared in 10 games in the 2013 season, having 114 carries for 379 yards (a 3.3 average), along with 5 touchdowns.

2014 season

On March 11, 2014, Oakland re-signed McFadden after the release of Rashad Jennings. In week 14, against the 49ers, he only carried the ball for four carries for five yards. The 2014 season marked as the first time in which Darren McFadden played a full season. He appeared in all 16 games with 12 starts. He finished the year with 155 carries for 534 yards (a 3.4-yard average) and 2 touchdowns. McFadden saw a decline in his number of carries due to the emergence of second-year running back Latavius Murray.

Dallas Cowboys

2015 season

On March 13, 2015, McFadden signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth up to $5.85 million including a $200,000 bonus, to be one of the candidates to help replace the recently departed DeMarco Murray.[37]

After playing off the bench in a backup role in the first five games of the season, McFadden took over the lead back role in Week 7 against the New York Giants, replacing an injured Joseph Randle and totaling a season-high 152 yards rushing and a touchdown in a road loss. It was his first 100-yard game since 2013 and the first for a Cowboys running back in 2015.

He would remain as the starter and finished with 1,089 rushing yards (4th in the NFL), after only gaining 129 yards in his first 5 games. For the second time in his career, he was able to play in all 16 games, while posting 1,417 scrimmage yards (4th among running backs), 4.6 yards-per-carry (3rd in the NFL among the 27 running backs with at least 160 carries), 5 100-yard rushing games (2nd in the NFL), 52 rushing first downs (4th in the NFL), 9 20-plus-yard runs (4th in the NFL), and 2 40-plus-yard runs (4th in the NFL). His 3 rushing touchdowns was second on the team, his 40 receptions was 4th and his 328 receiving yards was 2nd-most in his career for a single season.

McFadden became the first former Razorback running back to register two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in an NFL career. His 100-yard rushing games were against the Giants (152 yards), Philadelphia Eagles (117 yards), Miami Dolphins (129 yards), Green Bay Packers (111 yards), and Jets (100 yards). He also had two more games with 100-plus scrimmage yards (113 rushing-plus-receiving yards against Seattle, and 145 rushing-plus-receiving yards against Washington).

2016 season

McFadden entered the Organized Team Activities competing for the starting role with rookie Ezekiel Elliott and free agent acquisition Alfred Morris.

On June 14, he underwent surgery after breaking his right elbow in an off-field accident at his home during the Memorial Day weekend,[38] and was placed on the reserve/NFI list during the preseason. The surprising recovery of running back Lance Dunbar from a serious knee injury, made the Cowboys decide to keep McFadden there to start the 2016 season. The success of the team and Elliott, also delayed his activation to the regular season roster until December 13.[39]

He passed Morris on the depth chart as the backup running back, as soon as he incorporated into his role against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because he was seen as more of a complete player with his blocking and receiving skills. In the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was named the starter to save Elliott for the playoffs. He finished the season after appearing in three games (one start), with 87 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards.

2017 season

On March 16, McFadden signed a one-year contract extension with the Cowboys.[40] In the preseason, Alfred Morris passed him on the depth chart to become the backup behind Ezekiel Elliott. During the regular season, the Cowboys chose to activate running back Rod Smith instead of McFadden, because he could also play on special teams. On November 26, McFadden asked for his release after being a healthy scratch for all but one game (against the Atlanta Falcons).[41]


On November 28, 2017, only two days after his release, McFadden announced his retirement from football after 10 seasons in the NFL.[42]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
G GS Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2008 OAK 13 5 113 499 4.4 50 4 29 285 9.8 27 0
2009 OAK 12 7 104 357 3.4 28 1 21 245 11.7 48 0
2010 OAK 13 13 223 1,157 5.2 57 7 47 507 10.8 67 3
2011 OAK 7 7 113 614 5.4 70 4 19 154 8.1 26 1
2012 OAK 12 12 216 707 3.3 64 2 42 258 6.1 20 1
2013 OAK 10 7 114 379 3.3 30 5 17 108 6.4 16 0
2014 OAK 16 12 155 534 3.4 25 2 36 212 5.9 23 0
2015 DAL 16 10 239 1,089 4.6 50 3 40 328 8.2 21 0
2016 DAL 3 1 24 87 3.6 24 0 3 17 5.7 11 0
2017 DAL 1 0 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Career 103 74 1,302 5,421 4.2 70 28 254 2,114 8.3 67 5

Personal life

In June 2016, McFadden filed a $15 million lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against his longtime business manager, Michael Vick (no relation to former NFL player of the same name). McFadden alleged that Vick defrauded him and misappropriated funds, including $3 million lost in a bitcoin-related business venture.[43]

As of 2011, McFadden has three children with two different women. He is now married.[44]

McFadden is an avid rabbit hunter.[45]

Legal issues

On January 21, 2019, McFadden was arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest in a Dallas Fort-Worth Whataburger parking lot. Police say he had fallen asleep behind the wheel of a 2019 GMC Yukon in the Whataburger drive-thru. During the incident, cops say McFadden was resisting officers, after which they took him to a nearby station where he was booked for DWI and resisting arrest. He was released on bond a short time later.[46]


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External links

2005 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 2005 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was Arkansas' second straight losing season under Houston Nutt after six straight bowl appearances.

Running back Darren McFadden became the first freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season (1,113) for Arkansas.

2006 All-SEC football team

The 2006 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2006 college football season.

The Florida Gators won the conference, beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 38 to 28 in the SEC Championship. The Gators then won a national championship, defeating the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes 41 to 14 in the BCS National Championship Game.

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a unanimous selection by both AP and the coaches, was voted the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, a unanimous selection by the coaches, was voted AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2006 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 2006 Arkansas Razorbacks football team completed the season with a 10–4 record. The Razorbacks had a regular season SEC record of 7–1.

2006 SEC Championship Game

The 2006 SEC Championship Game was played on December 2, 2006, in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The game matched SEC Western Division champion Arkansas against SEC Eastern Division champion Florida. The second meeting between the two schools in the championship game, it led to a 38–28 victory for Florida. The two teams had previously met in the championship game in 1995, with the #2 Gators winning 34–3 against Arkansas. Florida later went on to win the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State.

2007 All-SEC football team

The 2007 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2007 college football season.

The LSU Tigers won the conference, beating the Tennessee Volunteers 21 to 14 in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers then won a national championship, defeating the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes 38 to 24 in the BCS National Championship Game.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, AP selection, won Heisman Trophy, the first sophomore to do so. He also won the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a unanimous selection by both the AP and the coaches and repeat winner of the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back, was the coaches Offensive Player of the Year. LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, a unanimous selection by both the AP and the coaches, was the unanimous Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy.

2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 2007 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks played six home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas and two home games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Running back Darren McFadden entered his name into the 2008 NFL Draft after the 2007 season. He left Arkansas holding most of the school's rushing records, to include rushing yards in a single game (321), a season (1,830), and a career (4,590). The single game total is also an SEC record. McFadden became only the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, along with former Hog Ben Cowins. McFadden also became the second player in SEC history with three straight 1,000 yard seasons, alongside Herschel Walker.

2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The regular season began on August 30, 2007 and ended on December 1, 2007. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2008 with the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, where the #2-ranked LSU Tigers defeated the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes to win their second BCS and third overall national title.

For just the second time in the Bowl Championship Series era, no FBS team finished the season undefeated. Kansas was the only team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference to finish the entire season with just one loss.

2008 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 2008 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2008, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Cotton Bowl Classic was part of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of 32 games in the 2007–2008 bowl season. The bowl game featured the Arkansas Razorbacks from the SEC and the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12 and was televised in the United States on FOX. Senior RB Tony Temple of Mizzou set a single game rushing record for the Cotton Bowl Classic with 281 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 281 rushing yards put him in second place all time for total rushing yards in a bowl game.

2008 Oakland Raiders season

The 2008 Oakland Raiders season was the 49th overall season of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 39th season in the National Football League, their 14th season since their return to Oakland and the 2nd and final season under head coach Lane Kiffin. The Raiders improved upon their 4–12 record from 2007. This was also the first time in four seasons that the team did not play both contestants from the previous Super Bowl, playing the New England Patriots, but not the New York Giants. This was also the first time in five seasons the club did not finish 4th in their division but stood alone at third instead (they shared the spot with the Kansas City Chiefs the previous season).

2009 Milwaukee Bonecrushers season

The 2009 Milwaukee Bonecrushers season was the 2nd season for the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) franchise. The Bonecrushers returned to action in 2009 with renewed optimism after signing LeRoy McFadden, brother of NFL player Darren McFadden, as its new head coach, as well as the previous year's CIFL Offensive Player of the Year, Randy Bell. However, McFadden also chose to resign after just three games, leaving assistant coach, John Burns, to take over as head coach. While the Bonecrushers survived the 2009 season in Milwaukee, and in spite of bringing in top announcer Dennis J. O'Boyle to handle the public address and master of ceremonies duties at the U.S. Cellular Arena, attendance dwindled to nearly nothing and the team finished with a record of 3-8.

2010 Oakland Raiders season

The 2010 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 41st season in the National Football League and their 51st overall. It also marked the last full season under the ownership of Al Davis, who died in October 2011. The Raiders had improved from a five-win season, their first since 2002, and achieved their first non-losing season since losing Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003. However, the team missed the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. The Raiders picked 8th in the 2010 NFL Draft. There were no blacked-out home games after the early part of the season and the team won all six of their division matches, including a franchise-record 59 points in Denver. The Raiders became the first team in NFL history to go undefeated in their division and still not make the playoffs.

The season was notable not only because the Raiders swept their division, but every victory came against a rival. The Raiders recorded home victories against the Seahawks, their former division foes from 1977 to 2001, and the Rams, whom the Raiders used to have a rivalry with during their time in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994.

2015 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2015 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 56th season in the National Football League, the seventh playing their home games at AT&T Stadium and the fifth full season under head coach Jason Garrett. The team finished the regular season at 4–12. It was the team's worst record since 1989, in Jerry Jones' first year as owner when they went 1–15. Their collapse from a 2-0 start was because of key injuries to their starters through the remaining 15 weeks and they were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Jets in Week 15.

Arkansas Razorbacks football statistical leaders

The Arkansas Razorbacks football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Arkansas Razorbacks football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Razorbacks represent the University of Arkansas in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although Arkansas began competing in intercollegiate football in 1894, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1945. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1945, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Razorbacks have played in 10 bowl games since this decision, allowing players on those teams to accumulate statistics for an additional game. Similarly, the SEC instituted a championship game in 1992. The Razorbacks have played in this championship game three times.

The 10 Razorback seasons with the highest total offensive output (by yards) have come since 2000.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Arkansas–LSU football rivalry

The Arkansas–LSU football rivalry, also known as the Battle for the Golden Boot, is an American college football rivalry between the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas and Tigers of Louisiana State University. The first game between the Razorbacks and Tigers was played in 1901. With the admission of Arkansas as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1992, the rivalry became an annual game between these members of the SEC Western Division. The "Golden Boot" trophy was first awarded to the game's winner in 1996.

The game was usually played on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but this changed in the 2014 season when Texas A&M was scheduled to play LSU on Thanksgiving. Arkansas is now scheduled to play Missouri during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Darius Jackson

Darius Jackson (born December 1, 1993) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Michigan University. Jackson was selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Doak Walker Award

The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a star halfback in college for the SMU Mustangs and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. The 2018 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin.

The award requires all candidates to be:

in good academic standing, and

on schedule to graduate within one year of students in their eligibility classification.The award recipient receives a sculpture of Doak Walker, cast in bronze and mounted on a wooden base. It was created by artist Blair Buswell, who has sculpted the busts of more than a dozen inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

McFadden (surname)

McFadden is a Scottish and Irish patronymic surname meaning "son of little Patrick". The Celtic prefix "Mc" means "son of", while "Fadden" is derived from the Gaelic Páidín, meaning "little Patrick". There are variant spellings including McFaddin, MacFadden, Mac Phaidin, the Scottish McFadin, McFadyen, MacFadyen, McFadwyn, McFadyean, MacFadzean, McFadyon, McFayden, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, Fadin, and Fadwyn. McFadden is uncommon as a given name. People with the surname include:

Andrew McFadden, Australian rugby league football coach

Bernarr Macfadden (1868–1955), American proponent of physical culture

Bob McFadden (1923‒2000), American singer, impressionist, and voice-over actor

Brian McFadden (born 1980), Irish singer

Bryant McFadden (born 1981), American football player

Callum McFadden, Bassist with the band Hooton Tennis Club

Charlie "Specks" McFadden (1895–1966), American country blues singer and songwriter

Claron McFadden, American soprano

Cynthia McFadden, correspondent for the American Broadcasting Company

Cyra McFadden, American writer

Daniel McFadden (born 1937), economist, Nobel laureate

Darren McFadden, American football player

David McFadden, Canadian poet

David Henry McFadden, Manitoban politician

David James McFadden, Ontario politician

Eric McFadden, American musician

Gabrielle McFadden, Irish politician

Gates McFadden (born 1949), American actor and choreographer

Gene McFadden (1949–2006), American singer and songwriter

Hugh McFadden (poet) (born 1942), Irish poet, critic, literary editor, journalist

Hugh McFadden (Gaelic footballer), Irish Gaelic footballer

James McFadden (born 1983), Scottish footballer

Jim McFadden, hockey player

Johnjoe McFadden, Irish academic

Joseph McFadden, Scottish actor

Joseph P. McFadden (1947–2013), American Roman Catholic bishop

Ken McFadden, American basketball player

Kenny McFadden, American basketball player who played and coaches in New Zealand

Louis Thomas McFadden, member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Lucy-Ann McFadden (born 1952), American astronomer.

Mark McFadden, television news journalist

Mary McFadden, American fashion designer

Nicky McFadden, Irish politician

Pat McFadden (British politician), British politician, member of Parliament

Patrick McFadden, Irish politician

Patricia McFadden, Swazi radical feminist

Steve McFadden, English actor

Susan McFadden, Irish singer and actress

Tarvarus McFadden (born 1997), American football player

Tatyana McFadden (born 1989), American Paralympian athlete

Tom McFadden, American actor

W. H. McFadden, American oil executive

Southeastern Conference football individual awards

Coaches and media of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) bestow the following individual awards at the end of each college football season.

Wildcat formation

Wildcat formation describes a formation for the offense in football in which the ball is snapped not to the quarterback but directly to a player of another position lined up at the quarterback position. (In most systems, this is a running back, but some playbooks have the wide receiver, fullback, or tight end taking the snap.) The Wildcat features an unbalanced offensive line and looks to the defense like a sweep behind zone blocking. A player moves across the formation prior to the snap. However, once this player crosses the position of the running back who will receive the snap, the play develops unlike the sweep.

The Wildcat is a gambit rather than an overall offensive philosophy. It can be a part of many offenses. For example, a spread-option offense might use the Wildcat formation to keep the defense guessing, or a West Coast offense may use the power-I formation to threaten a powerful run attack.

The Wildcat scheme is a derivation of Pop Warner's Single Wing offense dating back to the 1920s. The Wildcat was invented by Billy Ford and Ryan Wilson, and was originally called the "Dual" formation. The offensive coaching staff of the Kansas State Wildcats, namely Bill Snyder and Del Miller, made significant contributions to the formation's development throughout the 1990s and 2000s and is often cited as being the formation's namesake. It has been used since the late 1990s at every level of the game, including the CFL, NFL, NCAA, NAIA, and high schools across North America. Coaching staffs have used it with variations and have given their versions a variety of names. The Wildcat was reinvented by South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier in 2005 against the Kentucky Wildcats to utilize Syvelle Newton in all offensive positions on the field. The experiment by Spurrier was taken and perfected by the Arkansas Razorbacks the following year with the 3 headed monster backfield of Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis.

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