Notes from Saturday's Opening Arkansas Razorback Game

Donald FincherAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 12:  The Mascot of the Arkansas Razorbacks cheers during the game against the Florida Gators during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Here are some random thoughts to fill the space between now and the next Hog game.

I never thought I would write this in my lifetime but the Arkansas Razorbacks have the nation's leading passing offense so far this season.  Yes, we're only one week in.  But, it's never been true before, even at this juncture.

Arkansas did not allow a sack in the opener.  While it was just Missouri State, I thought I'd be saying this after Western Illinois last year but I couldn't.  So, that's progress.

What's with Arkansas receivers and broken collarbones.  Not one but two receivers are out with this injury.  Fortunately, they'll both be back this season and, because Lucas Miller's happen a few weeks ago, he's already practicing, albeit without taking hits.

Speaking of injuries, Coach Petrino is openly expressing concern at the receiver position. There are three guys out with injuries.  One will be returning soon (Lucas Miller), one will see action again late in the season (London Crawford), and one is out for the year (Chris Gragg).  All three were in the upper half of the depth chart.  I'm pretty sure Arkansas can beat "open date" next week without needing any of them.

 Miller could be back for the Georgia game.  Looks like Petrino and crew will need to go to the tight end some and hit some receivers coming out of the backfield.  Perhaps they'll even try a gadget play where the QB becomes a receiver.  If I know Petrino, he's going to find a way to sling the ball around the field even if everybody gets hurt.

Finally, it's nice to see Petrino stays on top of such things as yards after catch (receivers) and yards after contact (running backs).  There's apparently a contest between them each week.  The receivers won this week with 150 yards after catch while the running backs had 100 yards after contact.  Those are good stats from both groups but we must remember it was Missouri State.  I don't expect to see those stats versus Bama.

One last thing, I'm tiring of using the same few pictures for my posts and you may be tired of seeing them.  It seems like all the pics in the library Bleacher Reports has for Arkansas are of Darren McFadden, Mitch Mustain, Matt Jones, Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis, Marcus Monk, Houston Nutt, and the Texas game.

None of that is relevant for this year.  I'm hopeful that with these next two games (Georgia and Bama), we'll see some current photos loaded.  Thanks for your patience.