Preview 2019: Arkansas. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Arkansas. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Arkansas. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ARKANSAS DEFENSE

The run defense struggled, there weren’t enough stops, there weren’t enough takeaways, and the pass defense struggled, but the pass rush was solid and there’s hope to be night-and-day better under defensive coordinator John Chavis. The back seven is going to be a work in progress – there’s a youth movement happening, but …

The line has options and experience, and it’s about to become fantastic. McTelvin Agim is the leading returning playmaker in the backfield at one end spot, and 6-3, 304-pound TJ Smith is back at tackle after coming up with 26 stops. A few starters have to be replaced, but overall, the line was terrific in spring ball and should be far more active.

Leading tackler De’Jon Harris returns to his spot in the middle of the linebacking corps after coming up with 118 tackles, but he has to return from a broken foot. The amazingly-named Bumper Pool will get a job on the outside, and Hayden Henry returns to another outside spot once he gets over a shoulder problem, but this is one of the team’s thinner positions without a whole lot of instant help coming from the recruiting class. However …

– The new guys will play big roles right away in the secondary. This will be a young group that needs freshmen Greg Brooks and Devin Bush to be ready to immediately add some depth at corner. Sophomore Jarques McClellion is okay on one side and there will be a good fight for Ryan Pulley’s old job on the other, starting with sophomore Montaric Brown.

Junior Kamren Curl is a keeper at one safety spot – he’ll once again be one of the team’s leading tacklers after coming up with 53 stops – and now it’s up to a slew of young parts to fill in the other parts.

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