Alvin Bailey: Video Highlights for Former Arkansas OG
After a disastrous 2012 season for the team in Fayetteville, many pundits were taken aback when Arkansas offensive guard Alvin Bailey chose to forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft.
However, enter the draft he did, and now the 6'3", 312-pounder, who rotated guard spots with the Razorbacks depending on the formation, will move on to the next stage of his football career.
As Bailey does that, let's put on our general manager caps for a moment and take a look back at some plays from Bailey's collegiate career that highlight his talents.
Shows Good Mobility vs. Texas A&M, 2011
For the first few highlights, we'll be examining the 2011 matchup between Arkansas and Texas A&M, a game that Arkansas won 42-38.
Bailey had a good showing in that game against a stout Texas A&M defense, and it didn't take long for the youngster to get going.
In this first-quarter play, Bailey shows off his agility as well as his strength, pulling outside before engaging with outside linebacker Sean Porter, riding him back towards the middle of the field and away from the action.
Solid Pass Protection vs. Texas A&M, 2011
For much of the matchup in 2011 between the Aggies and Razorbacks, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was under intense pressure, even though Wilson threw for an eye-popping 510 yards in the game.
On plays such as the one highlighted above, when Wilson was afforded time, he made the Aggies pay.
On this play, the pass protection from Arkansas and Alvin Bailey (blocking Ben Bass) held up, and the result was a huge 68-yard touchdown strike on 3rd-and-long that was the Razorbacks' first big play of the game.
Showing off His Strength vs. Texas A&M, 2011
If you just looked at film of the 2011 matchup between Texas A&M and Arkansas without looking at the scoreboard, you might think that Arkansas got killed.
The Razorbacks committed far too many penalties, and the offensive front had trouble protecting Wilson all day.
However, much of that pressure came from the edges, as Alvin Bailey held his own for the most part.
That includes this first-down play in the fourth quarter. Despite being beaten at the snap, Bailey recovered. He displayed the strength to push the pass-rusher past the pocket, allowing Wilson to complete a pass and keep the drive alive.
Opening Big Holes vs. Kansas State, 2012
The Arkansas Razorbacks went 10-2 in 2011, and that record earned the team a Cotton Bowl berth against quarterback Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats.
The game, which Arkansas won 29-16, was all Razorbacks early, due in no small part to the team winning the battles on both the offensive and defensive fronts.
In this play from early in the second quarter, the entire offensive line, including Alvin Bailey, gets a big push, and the result is a huge hole for running back Dennis Johnson and a big gain.
Pancake! vs. Kansas State, 2012
There's no more rewarding play for an offensive lineman than planting a defender flat on his back.
In the second quarter of the Razorbacks' Cotton Bowl victory, that's exactly what Alvin Bailey did.
Freshman defensive end Ryan Mueller was no match for Bailey, who dispatched the youngster with ease, allowing Tyler Wilson to scramble for a first down.