Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Arkansas Razorbacks season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Arkansas Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 in SEC
Head Coach: Chad Morris, 2nd season, 2-10
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ARKANSAS OFFENSE
– It’s going to be better. Head coach Chad Morris knows how to get a passing game going, but last year’s offense couldn’t seem to do much of anything right, averaging just 336 yards per game and averaging an SEC-low 21.7 points per game. In one offseason, the machine got several new key parts with an upgraded quarterback situation to go along with a whole bunch of terrific-looking new receivers from the recruiting class.
– Gone is starting quarterback Ty Storey to WKU, and arriving through the transfer portal are Ben Hicks from SMU and Nick Starkel from Texas A&M to battle for the job. Redshirt freshman Connor Noland has the skill and upside to be the main man at some point, but the addition of the two veterans changed the outlook. It’s likely going to be Hicks’ job to lose – he played for Morris at SMU and was around for spring ball – but Starkel has the skill to take over once he arrives for fall camp. Helping the cause …
– The receiving corps is going to be amazing … next year. It’s still going to take a little while to figure out where all the parts fit, but there’s a whole lot of young talent to play around with. Leading yardage receiver La’Michael Pettway left for Iowa State, but senior TE Cheyenne O’Grady is back after tying for the team lead with 30 catches for 400 yards and six scores.
Sophomore Michael Woods is the leading returning receiver with 206 yards on 18 grabs, and four of the top five producers are back, but the focus is all on what’s next. The recruiting class of 6-3 Treylon Burks, 6-5, Trey Knox, 6-4, TQ Jackson and 6-3 Shamar Nash should be too good to keep off the field.
– The running backs are good … if healthy. Leading rusher Rakeem Boyd averaged six yards per carry with 734 yards and two scores, but he missed time this offseason with a shoulder problem, and senior Devwah Whaley missed a bulk of last year with ankle injuries and had a back injury this offseason. Losing Maleek Williams to FIU hurts, but getting TJ Hammonds back after he left the team for a bit helps.
– The offensive line had a nightmare of a time keeping defenses out of the backfield, and now it only gets back two starters in OT Colton Jackson and C Ty Clary. There are more options to test out this year, but it’s going to take all of August to come up with the right starting five, helped out by the addition of a few JUCO transfers.