Arkansas Razorbacks: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Arkansas Razorbacks: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Arkansas Razorbacks: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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4. Arkansas Razorbacks College Football Preview 2021: Defense

Barry Odom is a whale of a defensive coordinator. The former Missouri head coach stepped in as Sam Pittman’s DC and had a whole ton of reworking to do. There needs to be a stronger pass rush, and more third down stops are a must, but with ten starters expected to be back from a D that allowed 452 yards and 35 points – no, the stats weren’t great, but the defense really was stronger – the production should take another step forward starting with …

The linebacking corps. The Hogs have a fantastic pair in Grant Morgan and Bumper Pool to work around – they combined for 212 tackles – and there’s plenty to do with the alignment thanks to a deep group of options to use in a variety of ways, but …

The 4-2-5 alignment will likely be the main style to deal with all the high-powered passing games on the slate. Jalen Catalon is an outstanding young safety who leads a good-tackling group of defensive backs that need to make more big plays. Last year the underclassmen were thrown to the wolves, and now they’re going to be a plus if the pass rush helps.

There’s size on the defensive interior, but losing Jonathan Marshall – the one starter who’s not back – hurts. The combination of Dorian Gerald and Zach Williams have to lead the way along with 298-pound Eric Gregory, who led the team with just 2.5 sacks.

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