Arkansas Football: What to Expect in the Razorbacks Spring Game
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Let's just say Arkansas has been an "interesting" place this spring.
The Razorbacks wrap up spring practice on Saturday with the Red-White Spring Game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
We all know about the off-field drama, but here are some things to look for on the field.
Will Tyler Wilson Throw Multiple Incompletions?
That headline seems a bit ridiculous at first, but one look at Wilson's spring and you'll see that it's not. Wilson has been nearly flawless for the Hogs in the midst of the Bobby Petrino turmoil.
According to the Associated Press, the senior signal-caller has completed 80-of-106 passes in scrimmages this spring.
Those are Heisman numbers if I've ever seen them.
Assuming a new coach doesn't bring in a scheme change between now and September, Wilson is going to be in the thick of the Heisman race.
He loses three top receivers, but Cobi Hamilton is a legitimate threat, and the return of Knile Davis should take some pressure off him once the running back returns to full speed.
Who Will Line Up at Wide Receiver?
Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams are all gone, which leaves Hamilton as the star of Arkansas' receiving corps.
Hamilton caught 34 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns last season; so he's no stranger to the speed of the game. The only lingering question is whether or not he can handle the pressure of being the No. 1 wide receiver.
From the looks of things this spring, Wilson should make that transition rather smooth for him.
Opposite Hamilton, it's a mystery. Marquel Wade has impressed coaches this spring and he's certainly capable of being the next version of Joe Adams.
The rest of the receiving corps is still up in the air, but one guy that should help is tight end Chris Gragg. Gragg got overlooked last season with all of the other weapons Wilson had, but still managed to catch 41 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns.
What Will The Defense Look Like?
Defense has been a sore spot for the Razorbacks while Petrino was head coach. However, before his dismissal, he hired Paul Haynes to come in and fix things. Mission accomplished in the Cotton Bowl.
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Haynes' defense held Kansas State—a team that averaged 185 rushing yards per game—to just 87 rushing yards. To make things more interesting, he used a translator to convert his defense to former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson's terminology.
Not a bad debut.
Tenarius Wright moved from defensive end to linebacker—his natural position—this spring. He says that he feels more comfortable there, according to ArkansasNews.com. Also making an impact should be junior college transfer Austin Flynn, a 6'5", 250-pound defensive end from California who has been making waves this spring.
Arkansas released the rosters for the Red-White Spring Game on Friday. You can find them here.
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