Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
A new day
Arkansas' burly new coach gives team a fresh outlook
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema sensed the players' bruised pride following a 4-8 record, so the new coaching staff made it a point not to browbeat players with reminders of it. "There's definitely a new feeling around here," sophomore tailback Jonathan Williams says.
If not for a chance meeting on a Florida beach and a scribbled note of support last September, there is a strong chance Arkansas football would be trekking off in another direction for Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.
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