WR Cody Hollister
Much like linebacker, Arkansas has a lot of question marks at the wide receiver position. Besides Keon Hatcher and tight end Hunter Henry, the Hogs return no pass catchers with more than 100 yards or even 10 receptions.
Hatcher looks to be the clear-cut No. 1 receiver. Demetrius Wilson returns after redshirting in 2013 due to tearing his ACL and missing his entire senior year. He should be the other starter out wide. But, behind Hatcher and Wilson, the Razorbacks need to find a third option who is reliable and can make a big impact.
Based on what has happened thus far in spring practice, 2-star JUCO recruit Cody Hollister is making his case to be that guy.
There seemed to be something that plagued every position last season for the Hogs. Dropped balls were that for the wideouts. There were countless passes that should have been easily caught, but instead were dropped, which didn't help Allen's completion percentage.
Hollister doesn't have that problem. He hauls in just about every pass thrown in his vicinity. Biddy reported that "even when the defensive backs have had good position, Hollister seemed to find a way to come away with the ball."
His ball skills and route running are also very good, so though he doesn't have blazing speed, he makes up for it with crisp, clean routes and great hands. At 6'4", his size also gives him a distinct advantage when going up for a ball over a defensive back.
The feeling is that Arkansas got a steal in Hollister. He has already played lower-level college football for a season after redshirting as a freshman and will have much more time to learn the offense by enrolling early and participating in spring practice.
As much as Hollister has impressed, when 4-star JoJo Robinson steps onto campus for fall practice he is expected to be an immediate impact player and the most solid new addition to the receiving corps.
He doesn't have optimal height, but he's a great athlete and can turn on the burners. Robinson has a lot of former Hog receiver Joe Adams in him. Like Adams, he is electric when he gets into space. He has the ability to change direction without losing a lot of speed, juke defenders and accelerate quickly.
His most important attribute is his ability to play the ball. Though Robinson isn't tall, he has a very good catch radius for a guy his size. Arkansas needs playmakers in a bad way and Robinson is definitely one.
The battle for that third spot is also going to include veterans D'Arthur Cowan, who will be a junior, and Eric Hawkins, who will be a redshirt sophomore. Both have experience, know the offense and are well versed on what it takes to play at the highest level of college football.
However, Cowan and Hawkins have made minimal impacts, combining for just seven catches for 58 yards last year.
The Razorbacks are going to be very inexperienced out wide in 2014. That means behind Hatcher and Wilson, at least one of these guys has to step up and be an impact player. If you had to put your money on one of them, Robinson would be the best bet. But, don't count out any of the other three, particularly Hollister, who is really showing his 2-star ranking was a fluke.