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Arkansas’ New Defensive Coordinator Paul Haynes 'Eager' For Upcoming Challenge

Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Paul Haynes was introduced as Arkansas’ new defensive coordinator during a press conference Monday, as Haynes replaces Willy Robinson after four years in Fayetteville. Haynes is known as an exceptional recruiter, and his immediate for 2012 is to position the Razorbacks into becoming an elite SEC defense.

"We know our offense can put up points. We’ve got to take the pressure off of them in not having to win games 45-40," Haynes said. "Be an effective defense. Our goal — and we’re not going to sell ourselves short — is to be the best defense in the country."

However, Haynes first job as of now is to assume defensive coordinator duties for Arkansas’ game against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6.

Big 12 teams are 5-10 all time in the Cotton Bowl, and Kansas State is 1-1 in the game. Haynes will have to have the Hogs' defense ready to rock and roll to bring the Cotton Bowl trophy to Fayetteville.

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