Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
Without Collins, who knows how bad Arkansas would be.
Season Stats: 141 CAR, 797 YDs, 4 TDs
It’s hard to find too many positives on a Razorbacks team that has followed up a 3-0 start with five consecutive losses. The team ranks No. 105 in scoring (20.4 PPG) and No. 114 in passing (146.6 YPG).
But if there’s one thing Arkansas does well, it’s running the ball. The team ranks No. 30, averaging a little more than 209 yards per game on the ground.
A lot of that credit belongs to the sensational play of running back Alex Collins.
The freshman burst onto the scene, racking up 100 yards or more in four of the Razorbacks’ first five games. However, he’s cooled off significantly since then, only topping the century mark once in the last five contests.
Then again, it’s tough to run when you’re faced with deficits of 20 or more regularly.
Most recently, Collins put together an impressive outing against Alabama last weekend.
Sure, his 77 yards on 18 carries doesn’t look like anything special. However, considering that the Tide had held three of its four previous opponents under 60 yards on the ground, Collins was pretty darn good.
In a rather disappointing season, Collins gives Arkansas a reason to be optimistic.