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Ronnie Wingo Jr.
Position: Running Back
Notable 2010 Stats: Appeared in all 13 games, starting five. Amassed 251 yards on 43 carries and one touchdown along with 27 receptions for 274 yards and four touchdowns.
Why He'll Breakout in 2011: As the 2010 season started, Arkansas found themselves in quite a quandary when it came to naming a starting running back. Knile Davis, Broderick Green, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo Jr. had yet to separate themselves throughout spring practices and training camp.
Eventually, Knile Davis broke through and ran his way to not only the starting job, but to 1,322 rushing yards and first team All-SEC honors. With Davis back, the starting job is obviously in Davis' favor as the 2011 season starts.
But, despite the record-breaking season that Davis enjoyed in 2010, Bobby Petrino is looking to Ronnie Wingo Jr. to put an extra punch to an already-potent running attack.
The reason for this? Wingo is enormous (6'3" 227 lbs.) for running back standards, but is also arguably even quicker than Davis is. Rarely does a running back Wingo's size ever have game-breaking speed. But, by all accounts, that is exactly what the St. Louis, MO native brings to the offense.
Beyond his physicality and speed, Wingo also brings great versatility to the running back position, as shown through his 27 receptions and four receiving touchdowns in 2010. This gives new starting quarterback Tyler Wilson the ability to go to Wingo both on the ground and on check-downs when none of his receivers are open downfield.
In addition, successful running games, at any level of football, rarely rely on one running back to carry the entire load. The running back position is one of the most punishing positions in an already punishing sport, which puts a premium on having talented running backs in the backup role.
Very few teams will have a physical specimen like Wingo as a starter, much less a backup. All of this gives the Razorbacks comfort knowing that Wingo is fully capable of stepping into the starting role in the event of an injury to Knile Davis.
Wingo wasn't able to win the starting job in 2010, nor is it likely he will in 2011, but expect Wingo to amaze opposing defenses with his blend of physical size and athleticism.