Despite being without defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, the Arkansas Razorbacks broke several school records on their way to bowl eligibility and a 56-20 win over the Troy Trojans Saturday night in Fayetteville. Come inside for a full recap of the game with quotes, stats and more.[details]
2009 (Senior): Crawford could be a key figure in Arkansas’ offensive fortunes this fall with his experience and ability to haul in the long ball. He goes into camp listed as the starter at one of the receiving spots in Arkansas’ three-receiver set. In the Red-White Spring Game, he had six catches for 89 yards and a long of 29. He got hit with a 23-yard pass from Tyler Wilson to score six and put the Red team up 42-7. In the spring scrimmages leading up to the Red-White Game, Crawford had four solid outings. He combined for 15 catches for 359 yards. He caught three TDs for 67, 22 and 80 yards.
2008 (Junior): Crawford made one of the most memorable catches in all of college football in 2008 to help Arkansas defeat LSU, 31-30. With 21 seconds remaining he caught a 24-yard pass, from Casey Dick, on fourth and one in the corner of the end zone. The play was a finalist for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year. In 2008, he played in all 12 games and made 11 starts. He finished the season with 27 catches for 311 yards and one touchdown. Crawford had season highs for catches (3), yards (51) and long reception (34) against Texas. His 34-yard reception against Texas was the second-longest catch by a Razorback in 2008 and the longest by a wide receiver. He accounted for two of Arkansas’ six passing first downs against Texas. Crawford returned two kickoffs for 31 yards on the year after last returning a pair of kicks in 2006. He returned his first kickoff since 2006 in the fourth quarter of the Western Illinois game for 18 yards to the Arkansas 27-yard line. His first catch of the 2008 season went for 12 yards and a first down against Western Illinois. He picked up a first down in the third quarter against La.-Monroe with a 14-yard reception on a first-down play which led to an Arkansas touchdown. Crawford was thrown to four times against Alabama, making two receptions, one for a first down. All four passes came in the first half. He made three catches for 40 yards and accounted for two first downs against Florida. Against Kentucky, Crawford caught two passes for 21 yards and a first down. He also had one catch for 13 yards and a first down against Ole Miss. Crawford matched his season high for catches (3) against Tulsa, grabbing one for a first down with a long of 10 yards. He made his second-longest catch of the season against South Carolina, a 30-yard reception for a first down at the end of the third quarter. Crawford caught just two balls in the Mississippi State game but both came on the final drive of the game which gave the Razorbacks a chance to kick a field goal to tie it with time expiring. He caught two balls for 31 yards against LSU, including the game-tying 24-yard pass with 21 seconds left to play.
2007 (Sophomore): He started the first six games of the year at split end and played in 11 total games. He did not play against Florida International and South Carolina after suffering a sprained knee against Ole Miss. He had eight catches for 147 yards and one touchdown on the season. Crawford added four rushes for 70 yards, an average of 17.5 yards on end-around plays. His reception total ranked ninth on the team while the yardage total was sixth. He also had five tackles on special teams. – He began the year as a starter with starts against Troy, Alabama, Kentucky, North Texas, Chattanooga and Auburn. He played in the next game against Ole Miss, but did not play against Florida International or South Carolina while nursing a sprained knee. He played in the final four games against Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU and Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. He had no offensive statistics in the opener against Troy, but recorded one solo tackle and an assisted stop on special teams. He had a season-high three receptions for 47 yards with a long of 22 against Alabama. For the second straight week, he had a solo tackle and an assisted stop on special teams. He didn’t have a catch the next week against Kentucky, but he had one rush for 13 yards and added a tackle on special teams. The next week against North Texas, he had two receptions for a season-high 70 yards with a touchdown. The TD came on a career-long 61-yard pass from Casey Dick in the first quarter. The UNT game started a streak of four straight games with a reception. He had one for 20 yards against Chattanooga that helped set up an Alex Tejada 47-yard field goal. Against Auburn, he had one catch for five yards, but with four minutes left to play, a deep Darren McFadden pass was intended for Crawford in the red zone. He was unable to make the grab but drew the pass interference call and earned the first down. Against Ole Miss, he had one reception for five yards before leaving the game with a sprained knee and missing the FIU and USC games. He returned but had no stats against Tennessee. He had two rushes for 52 yards, including a career-long 31-yard scamper, against Mississippi State. In the win at No. 1 LSU, he had one carry for five yards. He played but had no stats in the Cotton Bowl.
2006 (Freshman): Crawford was utilized in a variety of ways as a true freshman. He played in all 14 games earning time at split end and on special teams. He hauled in five receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Two of his five receptions netted at least 41 yards (41, 45). His 23.4 yards-per-catch average was tops on the squad. He also was a reserve on the kickoff return unit. He returned two kickoffs for 39 yards, including a 22-yard gain. He also earned a tackle on the season. - Crawford saw action in his first collegiate game against No. 3 USC. He didn’t earn a catch against the Trojans. He played against Utah State, but didn’t earn statistics. After minimal time in the Razorbacks’ first two games, Crawford was instrumental in the offensive game plan in a conference win at Vanderbilt. He hauled in two passes for 45 yards including a 41-yard gain that ignited a 93-yard scoring drive that ended with a UA touchdown. He netted seven yards on a pair of reverses. He scooted 29 yards on the first reverse only to have a penalty negate all but one of those yards. He also garnered the first kickoff return of his career gaining 17 yards against the Commodores. He saw snaps at wide receiver and on the kickoff return team against Alabama. He was inserted as a kickoff returner alongside Felix Jones against the Crimson Tide, but did not return a kick. He took the field in several wide receiver sets, but did not make a catch in the Hogs’ win at No. 2 Auburn. He snared his first career touchdown reception in the Hogs’ 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State. He hauled in the 15-yard Casey Dick pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. He also rushed once for two yards against the Redhawks. For the second-consecutive week, he combined with Dick to record a touchdown on a 45-yard scoring play. His touchdown on a fade route came in the fourth quarter. He also tallied his first career tackle on special teams in the win over the Rebels. He played at wide receiver and on special teams against Louisiana-Monroe. Crawford returned a kickoff for 22 yards in the Razorbacks’ win over the Warhawks. He played at wide receiver and on special teams against South Carolina. Crawford logged time in Arkansas’ 31-14 win over No. 13 Tennessee. He played, but didn’t earn a reception against Mississippi State. He saw time at wide receiver in the Razorbacks’ regular season finale against No. 9 LSU. He was the target of Dick’s fourth down pass attempt on the Hogs’ final drive but the pass fell incomplete. He made a catch on the final play of the 2006 SEC Championship Game against Florida. Crawford gained 12 yards on the play. He saw field time against No. 7 Wisconsin, but didn’t make a catch or return a kickoff against the Badgers in the Capital One Bowl.
Personal: Born Oct. 19, 1986, he is the son of James McCord and Dana Crawford. He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: He finished his senior season with 31 receptions for 837 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games for Coach Fred Riley. He also returned kickoffs for his prep squad. He was held out of three games in his senior campaign with a hairline fracture in his toe. He made 21 catches for 546 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He averaged 26.0 yards per reception in his junior season. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 30 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 11 player overall in Alabama. He was tabbed as the No. 24 prospect in Alabama by Rivals.com. He played with fellow Razorbacks Ramon Broadway and Ben Cleveland in the Max Emfinger All-Star Game in Shreveport, La. A track standout, he was the anchorman on his high school’s 4x100 relay team. He can bench press 300 pounds and squat 400 pounds. He was also recruited by LSU, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and Southern Miss.