Arkansas Football: Projecting the Razorbacks' 2013 Offensive Depth Chart

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Arkansas Football: Projecting the Razorbacks' 2013 Offensive Depth Chart
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The Arkansas Razorbacks have plenty of talent on their current roster.

Despite the failings of this season and the reliance on seniors such as Tyler Wilson, Dennis Johnson and Cobi Hamilton for offensive output, there were flashes of brilliance from the bench that should give Arkansas fans good reason to hope for a successful 2013 season.

Here is the projected depth chart for the players that will be putting points on the board for the Hogs in 2013.  

 

Wide Receiver

Cobi Hamilton will be missed. The departing senior was one of the Razorbacks’ most consistent offensive weapons throughout the 2012 season, making big plays and setting a few school records in the process.

Hamilton’s departure will make room for the other wide receivers on the roster to step into his role and become playmakers in their own right. Julian Horton and Mekale McKay were two starters this year that will especially benefit from having more opportunities to make an impact.

A question mark in Arkansas’ wide receiver depth chart is whether or not Brandon Mitchell will be moved back to quarterback.

Mitchell was recruited by former coach Bobby Petrino to play quarterback. He was switched to wide receiver this season under coach John L. Smith. Even with the position change, Mitchell was still brought in during the Alabama game to take snaps.

Mitchell’s athleticism (he also played basketball for the Razorbacks last season) and ability to run may lead new coach Bret Bielema to give him a second look at the quarterback position. Mitchell’s attributes could lend themselves well to his new coach's style of football.

Projected Depth Chart:

WR: Julian Horton, Keon Hatcher

WR: Javontee Herndon, Keante Minor

WR: Mekale McKay, Demetrius Wilson

 

Tight End

One of the many strokes of bad luck that the Razorbacks faced this season was the absence of Chris Gragg, who missed seven games this season due to injury.

The silver lining is that it allowed junior Austin Tate to grow and develop as a player. He showed promise during the Auburn game, where he caught four of five passes, three of which resulted in first downs.

Alex Voelzke, a redshirt freshman, could also get more opportunities. His only opportunity to catch a pass during the South Carolina game resulted in a 22-yard reception that helped set up a Zach Hocker field goal in the third quarter.

Projected Depth Chart:

TE: Austin Tate, Alex Voelzke

 

Running Back

With Dennis Johnson graduating and Knile Davis forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, the Hogs will have a new crop of players for new running backs coach Joel Thomas.

The running back that saw the most action this season behind Davis and Johnson was freshman Jonathan Williams. 

Williams saw the most action during the games against Tulsa and South Carolina when Davis was sidelined with an injury. Williams was particularly effective during the South Carolina game where he averaged 8.7 yards over seven carries.

The performance that endeared him the most to the Razorbacks' faithful was his 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the game against Kentucky. Both of his touchdown receptions were for over 70 yards.

The other running back to get the opportunity to run the ball during the South Carolina game was freshman Nate Holmes. Holmes averaged 3.3 yards over three attempts.

The only other freshman running back to see action this season on the Hogs’ current roster was freshman Kody Walker who had a one-yard gain against Jacksonville State.

Projected Depth Chart:

RB: Jonathan Williams, Nate Holmes

 

Quarterback

Brandon Allen has all of the high school statistics to suggest he has the potential to be a successful quarterback in the SEC. His performance during the Alabama game showed that, despite his potential, he may not be ready to be the starter.

But to be fair, that would be an impossible situation for almost any backup freshman quarterback, and Allen may be the type of player that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is looking for.

Taylor Reed spent his first season of college football at the University of Memphis, where he started nine games. He also has more experience with the type of offense that Coach Bielema is expected to run.

Brandon Mitchell will get another look at quarterback. Purists love a drop-back-and-pass guy like Tyler Wilson, but a quarterback with running ability can do a lot of damage at the college level. Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel in particular made their splashes by being unpredictable. Mitchell has the raw athletic ability to be a threat on the rush and the pass.

 

Projected Depth Chart:

QB: Brandon Mitchell, Brandon Allen 

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