Kneauxing the Enemy Six
by Bryan Follins
Another Treacherous Journey
The Purple and Gold make the trek to the unfriendly confines of Fayetteville, Arkansas this Saturday. There they will find an Arkansas Razorbacks team with a 3-4 record. The Razorbacks are an improved football team under first year coach Sam Pittman, even though their record may not indicate it. The Hogs play at one speed, full.
The Tigers will be looking at a familiar face playing the Arkansas quarterback position. He is Feleipe Franks. He is having a solid season, arguably the best one of his college career. Franks, so far has thrown 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions, unchartered waters for the senior from Crawfordville, Florida. Franks has a 68 percent pass completion rate and has thrown for 1678 yards, fourth best in the league. They run Franks as well. He has been sacked 21 times, however, tops in the SEC.
Once again, in this season, what do stats mean? Each game is a one game season.
For instance, senior running back Rakeem Boyd is 14th in the SEC in rushing with 309 yards. Boyd, however, is a potentially dangerous player who is a former 1000- yard rusher in the conference.
Junior Trelon Smith is the leading rushing on the team this campaign with 441 yards, averaging over five yards per carry.
Sophomore wide receiver Treylon Burks has 508 yards and five touchdown catches for the year. Junior Mike Woods has 413 yards receiving and four touchdown receptions this campaign.
The offensive line is young, allowing 21 sacks, worst in the conference. What line will the Purple and Gold see Saturday?
Arkansas has not been particularly good on defense. In their four losses the Razorbacks have given up 172 points, an average of 43 points per game per loss. They have not beaten a team with a winning record. Arkansas gives up 183.4 yards per game on the ground. They yield 245. 4 yards per contest through the air.
Senior linebacker Grant Morgan is the leading tackler in the conference. Morgan has 85 tackles, 28 solos, and five tackles for losses (tfls). Junior teammate Bumper Pool is fourth in the SEC in tackles with 71, 29 solos, and 5.5 tfls. Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall has five tfls.
Arkansas leads the nation with 13 interceptions. Two freshmen, Jalen Catalon and Hudson Clark, have three picks each.
The Hogs are not good yet, but they have some interesting pieces. If overlooked, they can leave an opponent sitting in the slop.
However, like every Saturday this season, who will be available to play? It is a day-to-day adventure. Do teams actually practice with full squads every week? The Purple and Gold have not played in three weeks. Arkansas has played two games in the past three weeks. Will it make a difference Saturday? The one game season continues.