2011 College Football Week 1 Scores: Razorbacks Lead Bears Early
The Arkansas Razorbacks lead the Missouri State Bears 13-0 in the first quarter.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson led off the scoring with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright. About two minutes later, playmaker Joe Adams broke a 61 yard return touchdown on a punt.
So far Wilson is 5-7 for 77 yards and the touchdown pass to Wright. Wilson has the enviable task of stepping into Ryan Mallett’s enormous shoes from a year ago. He showed promise in backup duty last season, but the job of leading a team from start to finish is totally different.
Losing starting running back Knile Davis to a season-ending injury before the season began didn’t help. Davis was extremely underrated in the SEC and the nation last season as he quietly racked up over 1,000 yards on the ground. Ronnie Wingo Jr. has taken over rushing duties, and has 30 yards so far in today’s game.
Cobi Hamilton has three catches for 38 yards for the Razorbacks. Absent from the receiving box score is star Joe Adams, although he is represented in the punt return category. Adams has blazing speed and the ability to change directions on a dime. These qualities make him a menace in the open field.
Next week the Razorbacks face the New Mexico Lobos. Teams in the SEC treasure non-conference cupcakes to start the season because of the grueling nature of their conference. Early-season tune ups are completely necessary for teams in the nation’s toughest conference.
The Razorbacks are picked by some as a darkhorse to make some noise in the SEC and across the country. Even without the presence of Davis in the backfield, so far they look up to the task.
Week 1’s matchup may not show it, but this team could get better as the year goes on.
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