College Football Preview: The 2015 Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas Razorbacks Football Preview 2014 Record 7-6 Won Advocare V100 Texas Bowl 31-7 vs Texas
Overview: Arkansas had a better year then their record showed. They finished the season 7-6 but could have easily been 11-2 they lost 5 games by 7 points or less. Their only real bad game was their opener against Auburn, other then that they either won or were close to winning every game. The biggest problem for Arkansas is their inability to win on the road.
Offense: Arkansas offense is all about the run game. Last season they averaged 218 rushing yards per game. Leading the rushing game is one of the nations best pair of running backs in Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. These two both ran for over 1000 yards combining for 2290 and 24 touchdowns. They are both back and should have another great year. Back for his senior year is quarterback Brandon Allen. He has improved every year and last year passed for 2285 yards and 20 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. If he can keep improving it will take a lot of pressure of their running backs. Arkansas also returns their leading wide receiver from last year in Keon Hatcher who caught 43 passes for 558 yards and 6 touchdowns.
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Defense: The Razorbacks quietly had one of the best defenses in the country last season. They allowed an average of 19.2 points a game. They are going to have to replace linebacker Martrell Spaight who led the team in tackles last season with 128 total tackles. They also lose their leader in sacks from last year Trey Flowers who recorded 6 sacks. Look for linebacker Brooks Ellis to be one of the leaders on this year’s defense, he was second on the team in tackles last year.
Special Teams: Kicker Adam McFain returns after making 7 out of 10 field goals last year. Toby Baker will take over and be the new punter. Running back Alex Collins is listed as their kick returner he averaged 28 yards on 4 returns.
Overall: Arkansas is going to have a really good offense this year. They are loaded with talent and experience. If their defense can play as good as last year they will be hard team to beat. The key to their season will be how they play on the road. This year they play at Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU. I think Arkansas will finish with have a 8-9 win season.