During the Wonder Boys Sept. 26 game against Southern Arkansas, quarterback Arsenio Favor, a senior from Montgomery, Alabama, became the first Arkansas Tech player to rush for four touchdowns in a single game in eight years.
This feat, along with 224 passing yards, was good enough to give Favor his second Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week recognition.
“I just play ball,” Favor said. “I know I have an ability to run and throw, but I just do what the play says.”
Favor is second in scoring in the GAC and has been a vital part of Tech’s 4-1 start, but it was a wild, somewhat harrowing series of events that led Arsenio here in the first place.
Favor spent three years at Southern Mississippi University before he tore his ACL. After surgery and rehab, he finally made it back onto the field but tore it again, requiring another surgery.
“With those two ACL surgeries, I couldn’t walk on my own for a year,” he said. “Recovery is crucial. You basically have to learn how to walk again.”
Once he recovered, the team hired a new head coach who wanted to bring in his own players, so he forced Favor to make the decision to change positions or leave.
“I was doing good, and the guy hadn’t even beaten me out for the position—that was tough,” Favor said.
Following the ultimatum, Favor committed to the University of Texas at El Paso, but there was not enough time to get him set up before spring.
“At that time, I felt I had exhausted all of my D1 options,” Favor said.
After what seemed like nothing but setbacks and roadblocks for Favor, he found himself asking “Could this be it?”
However, he kept his family in his heart.
“I told myself I could make my daughter’s life comfortable and easy later on by doing this,” he said.
These were lessons learned from his father, who serves in the military, and mother that resonated with him.
“I wasn’t raised to give up; I couldn’t let that defeat me,” Favor said.
He also recalled his home.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to be a waste of talent,” he said. “Where I’m from, a lot of guys waste talent. Whether they don’t get the opportunity or what, but I told myself I’ll never be one of those guys.”
So his uncle sent out his highlight tape to a handful of D2 schools. Tech called him the next day.
“I’ll always remember the first time I saw this place. ‘Man this is country,’ I said to myself.”
He adds, “The players and coaches really helped out. They made me feel comfortable.”
Moving to Russellville and joining Tech, Favor became close with Zemaric Holt, a former Wonder Boy who died during the summer.
“He was my workout warrior,” Favor said. “A good motivator, especially on those days when I wasn’t feeling it.”
To come out of the gate so strong in his Wonder Boy career means a lot to Favor, but he is not taking all the credit.
“My impact couldn’t be felt if it weren’t for the entire team. Who helped me get those touchdowns? Who called those plays? Which defense did I practice with all week? I only play a small factor in that.”
Favor believes the Wonder Boys are a championship team.
“With the team we have defensively, and the players we have offensively, we’re gonna do something special. A lot of teams get complacent. Not this one.”
Favor hopes to be playing football for a long time to come, and his goal is to reach the NFL, a dream of his since he was a child.
“Never, ever let anybody tell you that you aren’t good enough.”