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Arkansas Football: Lack of Defense in First Scrimmage Is Nothing to Worry About

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino
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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMarch 31, 2012

In Arkansas' first scrimmage of the spring, it was business as usual for the Razorbacks—lots of offense and very little defense.  

New defensive coordinator Paul Haynes was supposed to come in and fix those problems. Typically, defenses are ahead of offenses when practice starts, but Arkansas is the exact opposite.

Without star running back Knile Davis, Arkansas' first-team offense scored on seven of its first 10 possessions against the first-team Razorback defense, according to Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media.

Starting quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 19 of 28 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns—two each to wide receivers Marquel Wade and Cobi Hamilton.

Should the lack of defense worry Arkansas fans? Not yet.

Arkansas' defense has far more work to do than its offense. Haynes installing his defense; and the Hogs are trying to replace defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Jerry Franklin, safety Tramain Thomas and several other contributors from last season's defense. The Hogs are also dealing with the loss of linebacker Alonzo Highsmith for the spring and are working defensive end Tenarius Wright at linebacker as well.

Sure, the offense is transitioning to new offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, but it's still business as usual with a few key holes to fill. The stats jump off the page when you first see them, but there's no reason to be alarmed just yet.


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