Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
The 19th Century :
The first actual
team was formed in 1894 with John C. Futrall as manager and
coach. For the next 19 years Futrall served as chairman of
the Athletic Committee or as manager of the team and much
of the time as both. The first squad picked on Fort Smith
High School twice and, as would be expected, earned easy victories.
But a first-year match up with Texas was not so easy. The
Longhorns drilled Arkansas at Austin, 54-0, making the train
ride home that much longer.
Gradually the schedule was expanded and the 1902 squad actually
finished 6-3. Still, the only coach was a volunteer from the
faculty. The first full time paid coach was Hugo Bezdek, who
came aboard in 1908.
The Early Years:
At that time Arkansas was called the Cardinals. The student
body picked the bird as its mascot since the school colors
were cardinal and white. Bezdek took the Cardinals to a 5-4
season in '08, but his team was shut out by Texas and thumped
by LSU in the season finale. Undoubtedly the breakthrough
season for Arkansas football was 1909. Without that campaign
the school might be celebrating merely years and not success.
Steve Creekmore was regarded as the top quarterback in the
south and perhaps all of college football after he led Arkansas
to a 7-0 campaign that included victories over LSU and Oklahoma.
Arkansas scored 186 points during its seven triumphs and permitted
only 18 points all year.
When the train from Baton Rouge returned to Fayetteville following
the seventh victory of the campaign, Bezdek addressed the
student population. He said his team had played "like
a wild band of Razorback Hogs." The students loved the
phrase so much they voted to change the nickname. In time
for the 1910 season the "Razorbacks" were born.
Creekmore returned in '10 and led the Hogs to a 7-1 season.
The Hogs outscored their foes 221-19 and closed with a smashing
51-0 triumph over LSU at Little Rock. Bezdek was 29-13-1 in
five years but left following the 1912 campaign. Arkansas
then went through four coaches in seven years before Francis
Schmidt arrived from Nebraska in time for the 1922 season.
Order was restored. The Hogs were 42-20-3 during Schmidt's
seven years at the helm.
Schmidt's best year was 1927 when George Cole, Glen Rose and
Schoonover, a sophomore, helped lead the Hogs to an 8-1 finish.
After the '28 Razorbacks went 7-2 and Garland 'Bevo' Beavers
was named most valuable player in the SWC, Schmidt left to
become head coach at TCU. Fred Thomsen was the replacement
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