Preview 2018: Arkansas Razorbacks. Let's Try This Again

Preview 2018: Arkansas Razorbacks. Let's Try This Again

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Preview 2018: Arkansas Razorbacks. Let's Try This Again


Best Arkansas Offensive Player

RB Devwah Whaley, Jr.
The 5-11, 215-pounder burst onto the scene as a freshman, running for 602 yards and three scores highlighted by a breakthrough 112-yard day in the win over Mississippi State. After main back Rawleigh Williams retired, Whaley was a part of a rotation again, but he only ran for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.

The quickness is there, he brings a decent pop, and he’s got a little more burst after losing a few pounds. The upside is there to catch, too. It’ll be a rotation again, and he’ll be the key part to the rushing puzzle.

2. OG Hjalte Forholdt, Sr.
3. WR Jonathan Nance, Sr.
4. QB Cole Kelley, Soph.
5. RB Chase Hayden, Soph.

Best Arkansas Defensive Player

LB De’Jon Harris, Jr.
Ryan Pulley has the upside to be a superstar at corner, and at least one of the pass rushers will break through under the new coaching staff, but it’ll be the linebacking tandem of Harris and Greenlaw that should turn around the woeful D in a hurry.

The 6-0, 239-pound Harris led the team with 115 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. With his athleticism and nose for the ball, he should be a stat sheet filler again, with Greenlaw not all that far behind.

2. LB Dre Greenlaw, Sr.
3. CB Ryan Pulley, Sr.
4. DT/DE McTelvin Agim, Jr.
5. DE Randy Ramsey, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Cole Kelley, Soph. 
Or Ty Storey, or Connor Noland, or even Daulton Hyatt.

SMU’s Ben Hicks threw for 3,569 yards and 33 touchdowns last season, but he also had new Denver Bronco Courtland Sutton and Mr. Irrelevant Trey Quinn to throw to.

The 6-7, 263-pound Kelley has a giant arm, is tough on the run, and is a good enough athlete to be dangerous on the move. He got his chances last season in place of Austin Allen, and threw for 1,038 yards and eight scores with four picks. But the 6-2, 220-pound Storey is right there for a starting job, with nice enough passing skills to make the O fly.

Key Game To The Arkansas Season

Texas A&M (in Arlington), Sept. 29
Plenty of teams have given Arkansas trouble since the move to the SEC, but losing to Alabama is hardly anything to get into a twist over. There were wins over Auburn and LSU in 2015, and the Hogs have been more than just competitive at times.

But there’s been an issue with Texas A&M.

Arkansas beat the Aggies in 2011, but A&M was in the Big 12 then. Since joined the SEC, the Aggies have won six straight, including last year’s wild 50-43 shootout in the Jerry Jones palace in Arlington. This year’s matchup is big for both new coaching staffs, and for the Hogs, it comes after going to Auburn and just before facing Alabama.

2017 Arkansas Fun Stats

– Sacks: Opponents 35 for 197 yards – Arkansas 19 for 128
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 12.8 yards – Arkansas 3.6 yards
– 2nd Half Scoring: Opponents 231 – Arkansas 165

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