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      Flowers' return provides boost for Arkansas

      By KURT VOIGTAP Sports Writer

      FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' Trey Flowers chose to return for his senior season because he wasn't ready to leave a program that had fallen so far.

      The defensive end's decision provided coach Bret Bielema with a big boost following last year's 3-9 disappointment, one the Razorbacks hope helps them return to a bowl game for the first time in three years.

      Flowers was a freshman on the Arkansas team that went 11-2 and won the Cotton Bowl in 2011, and he had 13 1/2 tackles for losses last season while earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

      He was projected by the NFL as a third-round draft pick after last season, but he decided to return to help Bielema continue to rebuild the struggling Razorbacks, who are a combined 7-17 in the last two seasons.

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