Arkansas’ Chase Hayden follows father Aaron with 100-yard SEC debut

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Chase Hayden didn’t just help Arkansas to victory in his college debut Thursday, he also looks to have set a family milestone in SEC football history.

Hayden, a freshman from the Memphis area, joined father Aaron Hayden, a former Tennessee running back from 1991-94, by rushing for more than 100 yards in his first NCAA game. Chase Hayden opened his college career Thursday by rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown in Thursday’s 49-7 rout of Florida A&M.

Rewind 26 years, and his father racked up almost the same numbers in his own debut. On September 5, 1991, Aaron Hayden began his college career by rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown as the Vols topped Louisville 28-11. He went on to rush for 704 yards as a freshman and later played four years in the NFL.

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They’re believed to be the first father-son tandem in SEC history to hit triple figures on the ground in their first college games.

Aaron obviously was a proud dad, but he also had some words of warning for his son.

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