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Top receiver Monk will return to Razorbacks in 2007

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After two of its top defensive players
declared for the NFL draft, Arkansas finally received some good
news.

Receiver Marcus Monk said he's planning to remain a Razorback.

Monk told The Morning News newspaper in northwest Arkansas he
will return for his senior season, and a school spokesman confirmed
that later Friday.

"Marcus has indicated to coach (Houston) Nutt that he plans on
returning," sports information director Kevin Trainor told The
Associated Press.

Monk caught 50 passes for 962 yards and a school-record 11
touchdowns last season. He also holds the school record of 24
career touchdown receptions.

No other Razorback had more than 19 catches in 2006.

Two Arkansas juniors, defensive end Jamaal Anderson and
cornerback Chris Houston, have said they will enter the April
draft.

Monk said his decision was a difficult one, especially since he
was projected as high as the second round of the draft.

"It's tough. You want to provide, especially in my situation. I
want to provide for my family," Monk told The Morning News on
Thursday night. "Sometimes, it's better to be patient."

Underclassmen have until Monday to declare for the draft. Monk
said he had several recent discussions with Nutt and offensive
coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"Just talking with my family and putting a whole lot of
consideration into it, I decided it was best for me to come back,"
Monk said.

The 6-foot-6, 217-pound Monk will help an Arkansas team hoping
to build an effective passing game to complement tailback
Darren McFadden, the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Arkansas went 10-4 last season and finished ranked No. 15 in the
nation.

"I don't want to just win 10 games," Monk said. "I want to
help win a national championship."