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Whenever a team's star running back goes down with an injury much like the Razorbacks' Knile Davis prior to this season, the running game is going to struggle.
For the better part of the first half of the season, the Razorbacks' trio of backs in Ronnie Wingo Jr, Broderick Green, and Dennis Johnson struggled to put up yards, and despite late season pushes, the lack of a running game is what truly cost the Hogs this season.
Without a successful or at least threatening running game to have opposition defensive coordinators worried, the predictability of a pass over a rush on most downs did not bode well for the Hogs in 2011.
Luckily for Arkansas, Wingo Jr. and Dennis Johnson are only juniors and should be back in 2012, and should Knile Davis choose to forgo the NFL draft, as he missed the entire season because of injury, and return to the team for his senior season, the Razorbacks' running game should turn from a weakness to a strength.
If Davis and QB Tyler Wilson both return for their senior years, the Hogs will give themselves a legitimate competing bid for a BCS bowl next season. And if their defense can improve even slightly, they will be a better team in 2012.
John Bain is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist
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