Amid all of the transfer portal news this week, the Arkansas Razorbacks received a major boost on Thursday when defensive end Jordan Domineck announced he would be returning for his super senior season.
Domineck humorously made his announcement in a social media post with a short clip from the movie Terminator of Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering his classic line, “I’ll be back.” Domineck wrote “So” above it, followed by a football icon and a Razorback icon.
Domineck made a big impression in his first season as a Georgia Tech transfer, as his career-high 6.5 sacks ranks second on the team behind Drew Sanders, sixth nationally and 56th on the FBS. He also has 7.5 tackles for losses.
Domineck, a 6-3, 251-pounder from Lakeland Florida and major operations management, spoke earlier in the season about what brought him to Arkansas in the first place.
“I came here because the overall atmosphere of Arkansas as a whole was just amazing,” he said Sept. 6. “From the fan base to the coaching staff to the players, everyone treated me like real family. Everyone treated me like someone who belonged. I found a place where I really felt like I belonged.”
Domineck ranked second on the Arkansas defensive line with 31 tackles, one fewer than Zach Williams, despite not having a start.
He got off to a great start as a razorback with a stripsack and a fumbling midfield recovery against Cincinnati, with Arkansas holding onto a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Arkansas conceded the takeaway with a touchdown, holding off the Bearcats 31-24.
Domineck’s best game was a 38-27 win over Missouri State in which he had 7 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
He also forced a key fumble in a 13-10 loss to LSU that could have been the game of the game. He knocked the ball away from quarterback Jayden Daniels and teammate Latavious Brini rebounded at LSU 10. The Razorbacks, leading 3-0 at the time, failed to score in three games inside LSU 2 to go a 10-0 achieve lead.
More news on the Razorback personnel movement is expected to come throughout the week as Arkansas prepares to hear about its bowl selection on Sunday.
As Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman continues to consider candidates for the position of head strength and conditioning coach, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has learned through a public filing request that all strength and conditioning and nutritionist Julie Zalewski has been fired along with head coach Jamil became a walker.
Other staffers Ed Ellis, Emmanuel Hibbler, Chris Hightower and Nick Tulloch will remain on the staff until December 30, according to resignation letters they received from athletic director Hunter Yurachek.
In other UA football news, fifth-year senior Dalton Wagner accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine game Thursday, joining lineman Ricky Stromberg and receiver Jadon Haselwood as participants in the All-Star Game.
Wagner, a native of Spring Grove, Illinois, has 39 starts in split five seasons as a Razorback, including 10 this year as an offensive captain along with KJ Jefferson.
The 6-9, 331-pounder tagged both Haselwood and Stromberg in a response to the East-West Shrine game’s tweet about him accepting an invite, writing, “Can’t wait! “
The East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for February 2, 2023 in Las Vegas.
The Razorbacks were well represented on USA Today Sports Network’s All-SEC roster released this week.
Tailback Rocket Sanders, Stromberg, linebacker Drew Sanders, and defensive back Hudson Clark were all called up to the 25-player team.
Alabama led the league with five selections, while Arkansas finished second with four selections, followed by Georgia and Tennessee with three each.
Rocket Sanders ranks second in the SEC and tenth nationally with 1,426 rushing yards.
Stromberg, a 44-game starter in Arkansas who is drafted for the NFL draft, was a Pro Football Focus All-American honorable mention earlier in the week.
Drew Sanders leads the team with 103 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss and is second in the SEC with 9.5 sacks and ninth nationally. Sanders also recorded 6 quarterback rushes, 5 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and his first career interception. He is not expected to attend the Razorbacks’ upcoming bowl game.
Splitting time between cornerback and safety, Clark accumulated 63 tackles, fourth on team, along with 11 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 tackles for loss and an interception.