Knowing The Enemy 2014--Arkansas
Record 4-5, 0-5 in SEC
by Bryan Follins
Notice: There are two more games on the Purple and Gold schedule, including this Saturday.
The Purple and Gold trek to Arkansas Saturday for the annual Battle of the Boot. The Tigers will find an Arkansas team waiting for them, which is looking for its first league win of the season. They have not won an SEC game in two years. Caution is advised. The Razorbacks were a defensive break down away from a win over Texas A&M, a missed extra point from an overtime or possible win against Alabama, and they lost by only seven points at top ranked Mississippi State. The big problem for the Hogs is not the fact they cannot win, it is they do not know how to win, yet. They are looking for a signature victory, and a bowl game is not an impossible goal. The Razorbacks will not be sleepwalking Saturday.
The Hogs feature a mammoth offensive line. Their left tackle is sophomore Dan Skipper who is 6’10 and weighs 327 pounds. The right tackle is senior Brey Cook at 6’7 and 317 pounds. Junior left guard Sebastian Tretola is 6’5, 355 pounds. This is one of the biggest offensive lines in both college and the National Football League. It is no surprise Arkansas has a very good running game.
Junior Jonathan Williams and sophomore Alex Collins are the fourth and fifth leading rushers respectively in the league. Williams has rushed for 877 yards on the campaign and Collins has 840 yards rushing for the year. Williams averages 6.4 yards per carry and Collins averages 6.3 yards per run. Both players have rushed for 10 touchdowns apiece, by far the best tandem in the nation. The duo is on track to rush for 1000 yards each for the season.
Junior wide receiver Keon Hatcher has 410 yards receiving this season for Arkansas. The tight ends are prominent in the Arkansas offensive scheme. Starting tight end Hunter Henry, a 6’6, 255 pound sophomore, is the second leading receiver on the team. Henry has 363 yards in receptions and averages 14 yards per catch. Senior A.J. Derby is 6’5, 255, and is the third leading receiver on the team. Both tight ends can block.
Junior Brandon Allen is the quarterback, who is solid but not spectacular.
Defensively, the Hogs have played well over the past month in the conference against the run. The Razorbacks limited Alabama to 66 yards on the ground. They gave up 128 yards rushing to Mississippi State. They did, however, allow 207 yards on the ground against Georgia.
Defensive linemen Trey Flowers, Darius Philon, and linebacker Martrell Spaight are the best defensive players for Arkansas. Flowers, a senior, has 9.5 tackles for losses, tfls, and Philon, a sophomore, has 9.5 tfls. Spaight, a senior leads the team in tackles with 87, 42 unassisted. He has 5.5 tfls.
The Razorbacks are not good at pass defense. They have allowed 296 passing yards against Georgia, and 331 yards against Mississippi State respectively in their last two conference games. They gave up 386 yards through the air against Texas A&M.
This will not be an easy game for the Purple and Gold. A letdown after the Alabama game will mean another loss. It will be another abnormal Saturday in the Wild. Wild. SEC West.
What is the name of the Arkansas mascot?