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East Carolina gets second SEC transfer in less than a week, this one Arkansas RB Chase Hayden

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For the second time in less than a week, East Carolina is set to add an SEC transfer to its football roster.

On Twitter May 7, Alabama cornerback Nigel Knott announced his commitment to the East Carolina football program.  Tuesday morning, it’s now being reported that erstwhile Arkansas running back Chase Hayden is doing the same.

Hayden had entered the NCAA transfer database in mid-February.

As a graduate transfer, Hayden will be eligible to play immediately for the Pirates.  He’ll also have another year of eligibility he can use in 2021 as well.

three-star 2017 signee, Hayden was rated as the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the country.  He was also the No. 10 player regardless of position in the state of Tennessee.  Only four recruits in the Class of 2017 for Arkansas football were rated higher than Hayden.

Through seven games of his true freshman season, Hayden was leading the Razorbacks in rushing with 326 yards. An injury in that seventh game, however, prematurely ended his 2017 season.

In his three seasons with Arkansas football, Hayden totaled 616 yards and five touchdowns on 130 carries.  He also caught 16 passes for another 96 yards.

As Hayden played in just four games during the 2019 season.  That will allow him to use a redshirt for last year.  And that is how he will leave Fayetteville armed with two seasons of eligibility.

East Carolina is coming off a 4-8 football campaign in the first year under head coach Mike Houston.  Since winning 18 games in 2013-14, the Pirates have won a combined 18 games the past five seasons.

Blown call by SEC official screws Texas A&M out of a touchdown in first half vs. Arkansas

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Arkansas is leading Texas A&M by a score of 21-17 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas after one half of play, but the story of the half will be the blown call by a SEC side judge trailing a long run down the sideline. It was bad.

After Kellen Mond appeared to run the length of the field and stumble his way into the end zone for six, the official on the field ruled Mond had stepped out of bounds at the Arkansas 10-yard line.

He did not.

Because the play was blown dead, the ruling on the field could not be sent upstairs to the instant replay booth. Texas A&M would get no further down the field and had to settle for a field goal as a result.

The two teams exchanged touchdown drives in the first quarter, first with Austin Allen completing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cornelius for the Razorbacks and then Mond completing a pass to a wide-open Christian Kirk for an 81-yard score.

Arkansas regained the lead in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns with Cole Kelley tossing one from two yards out and Chase Hayden running for a six-yard score. The Aggies did eventually get back in the end zone late in the first half with Trayveon Williams finding room up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown.