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Arkansas Razorbacks 2013 ...
Head Coach: Bret Bielema
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| 2013 Record: 3-9 |
8/31 Louisiana W 34-14
9/7 Samford W 31-21
9/14 Southern Miss W 24-3
9/21 at Rutgers L 28-24
9/28 Texas A&M L 45-33
10/5 at Florida L 30-10
10/12 South Carolina L 52-7
10/19 at Alabama L 52-0
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Auburn L 35-17
11/9 at Ole Miss L 34-24
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Miss State L 24-17 OT
11/30 at LSU L 31-27
at LSU 31, Arkansas 27
Basically … Backed up to his own one-yard line, Anthony Jennings, in for an injured Zach Mettenberger, marched LSU to a game-winning touchdown with a 49-yard scoring pass to Travin Dural with just over a minute to play. Arkansas got two touchdown passes from Brandon Allen to Hunter Henry to overcome two first quarter touchdown runs from Terrence Magee and a 52-yard scoring dash from Jeremy Hill for a 27-21 lead taken late into the fourth quarter. LSU failed on a fourth down try, but later settled for a 37-yard Colby Delahoussaye field goal to get within range, and then Jennings worked his magic.
- LSU RB Jeremy Hill ran 20 times for 145 yards and a score, and Terrence Magee ran seven times for 58 yards and two scores.
- Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams ran 13 times for 58 yards, and the team finished with 182 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
- Arkansas QB Brandon Allen completed 19-of-29 passes for 178 yards and two scores with a pick.
- LSU QB Zach Mettenberger completed 14-of-22 passes for 156 yards and a pick before suffering a knee injury.
Mississippi State 24, at Arkansas 17 OT
Basically … Mississippi State kicker Devon Bell missed a 42-yard field goal at the end of regulation, but Damian Williams made up for it with a 25-yard touchdown run in overtime. The Bulldog defense held on Arkansas’ possession to get the win and keep bowl hopes alive. The Hogs took a 10-0 lead helped by an eight-yard Javontee Herndon touchdown run, and took the lead late in the third on a 22-yard Julian Horton run, but Mississippi State hung around with a 30-yard LaDarius Perkins touchdown catch late in the first half and tied it in the fourth on a five-yard Jameon Lewis five-yard grab.
- Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell completed 18-of-28 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns with a pick.
- Arkansas QB Brandon Allen completed 10-of-17 passes for 114 yards and a pick.
- Mississippi State RB Josh Robinson ran 17 times for 101 yards.
- 11 different Hogs ran the ball for 225 yards and two scores.
at Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 24
Basically … Ole miss got three touchdown passes from Bo Wallace including a 75-yarder to Ja-Mes Logan and a 52-yard play to Donte Moncrief to put the game away in the third quarter. Arkansas hung around with a 17-yad Hunter Henry touchdown catch and a 20-yard Julian Horton scoring grab. But Ole Miss never trailed after the first quarter.
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 26-of-33 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 12 yards. Donte Moncrief led the team with 149 receiving yards and a score on seven catches.
- Arkansas ran for 196 yards to Ole Miss’ 112 with Jonathan Williams running 14 times for 67 yards and Alex Collins ran ten times for 57 yards.
- Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis led the team with 11 tackles. Safety Eric Bennett came up with eight yards and a pick with a tackle for loss.
- The two punters were terrific. Arkansas’ Sam Irwin-Hill averaged 48 yards per kick putting three of his five kicks inside the 20. Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell averaged 46.7 yards per try putting one of his three boots inside the 20.
Auburn 35, at Arkansas 17
Basically … Tre Mason ran for four touchdowns, starting out the scoring with a nine-yard run and finishing it up with a 12-yard dash, and Nick Marshall hit Sammie Coates with an 88-yard touchdown passes as Auburn got up 28-3 and put it away early in the fourth. Arkansas got a 13-yard touchdown catch from Keon Hatcher and a two-yard Kiero Small scoring run, but Mason’s final touchdown stopped the slide.
- Auburn QB Nick Marshall, playing through a shoulder injury, completed 7-of-8 passes for 118 yards and a score
- Arkansas turned it over three times, Auburn didn’t give the ball away.
- Auburn RB Tre Mason ran 32 times for 168 yards and four scores.
- Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins combined to run 33 times for 196 yards.
at Alabama 52 … Arkansas 0
Basically … Alabama dominated on both sides of the ball from the start as Kenyan Drake ran for two scores and AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes including a 30-yarder to Amari Cooper. To add to the domination, Derrick Henry tore off an 80-yard scoring run in the final minute. Arkansas was held to 256 yards of total offense and turned it over three times.
- Another day at the office for Alabama. While the rest of the SEC was crashing and burning, the Tide went about its business and never let this be interesting, scoring on the opening drive of the game and never letting up. This was a fully focused effort.
- Arkansas is still in rebuilding and reloading mode – it’s Alabama; you blow this off. Alex Collins ran for 77 yards and had a few decent runs, but there wasn’t any passing game as Brandon Allen completed 7-of-25 passes for 91 yards with two picks. Again, it’s Alabama – it does this to just about everyone.
- Now on a five-game losing streak, the once-fun season has gone into the tank in a big hurry, and now the Hogs have to deal with a rolling Auburn team followed up by a road game at Ole Miss. They have to win three of their final four games to go bowling, and unless the offense starts to work after scoring 17 points in the last three games, that’s not going to happen without a little bit of luck. Fast.
- CJ Mosley might not be dynamic and he might not put up huge stats, but he was all over the Arkansas running game and made plays all over the field. He led the team with ten tackles with a tackle for loss, but he was also terrific in pass coverage and was decent at getting behind the line.
South Carolina 52, at Arkansas 7
Basically … Alex Collins gave Arkansas an early 7-0 lead on a six-yard run, and that was it for the homecoming fun. South Carolina scored 52 unanswered points with three Connor Shaw touchdown passes with two to Bruce Ellington and a 45-yarder to Damiere Byrd. Shaw added a ten-yard scoring run late in the third.
- Will Connor Shaw ever get a little bit of credit for being one of the SEC’s premier quarterbacks? He completed 19-of-28 passes for 219 yards and three scores, and ran for 37 yards and a touchdown.
- Brandon Allen: 4-of-12, 30 yards, one interception. The Arkansas offense was horrendous, failing to do much of anything to get the chains moving. The Hogs only had the ball for 16:35. That’s not how a Bret Bielema offense is supposed to work.
- After all the drama and all the craziness, Jadeveon Clowney played and came up with a grand total of one tackle. The Gamecocks failed to generate a sack, but the D allowed just 248 yards of total offense.
- The Hog ground game tried to make something work, and it averaged over nine yards per carry helped by a 50-yard dash from Keon Hatcher, but it never got control of the game. South Carolina owned the second half with first down after first down.
at Florida 30, Arkansas 10
Basically … Florida continued to get nice plays from quarterback Tyler Murphy, who threw three touchdown passes including a 51-yarder to Solomon Patton in the second and a 38-yarder to him in the third. The defense held Arkansas to just 275 yards and got a 42-yard pick six from Loucheiz Purifoy on the way to a 24-7 lead. Arkansas scored first on a four-yard Johnathan Williams run in the first quarter, but the offense failed to get back on the board until a Zach Hocker field goal late in the third.
- Not only has the emergence of Tyler Murphy made a huge difference in place of the injured Jeff Driskel, but he’s getting help from Solomon Patton, who caught six passes for 124 yards and two scores. Arkansas focused on stuffing the run, and the Gator passing game came through.
- Brandon Allen completed 17-of-41 passes for 164 yards and a pick, and his throws didn’t go for anything major – the Hog passing game didn’t get it done. Florida held Alex Collins to 54 yards and gave up just 32 to Johnathan Williams, allowing 111 rushing yards in all.
- There was some pop and explosion to the Florida passing game, but for the most part this was an effective and efficient day for the Gators. There wasn’t any drama and there wasn’t anything major to deal with after the first quarter. Going away from Gainesville until November 9th, the team looks as ready as it’s going to be for LSU.
- Arkansas continues to try to be physical, but the hogs aren’t there up front to handle defenses as aggressive and tough as Florida’s. Brandon Allen was coming off a nice performance in the firefight with Texas A&M, but he needs help from the ground game to take the heat off. Florida didn’t do anything funky, relying on the secondary to hold down the Arkansas receiving corps, and the O didn’t go after the first quarter.
Texas A&M 45, at Arkansas 33
Basically … Arkansas made it very, very interesting, but Johnny Manziel was Johnny Manziel when he had to be. Ben Malena ran for two scores, and Deshazor Everett returned a Brandon Allen pass for a touchdown, but it was Manziel who made magic with two touchdown passes to Mike Evans, including a jump-ball into the end zone from seven yards out. Arkansas got three scoring passes from Allen and a big night from running back Alex Collins, but the offense couldn’t get any closer than five late in the third quarter on the second touchdown connection of the day to Jonathan Williams.
- So this is going to be what the Texas A&M defense is going to be all season long. It came up with a few key takeaways, but it didn’t slow down the Hog running game until late and struggled against the midrange passing game.
- Johnny Manziel didn’t have to take off and run too often, but he was effective. He ran for 59 yards on just nine carries, and he completed 23-of-30 passes for 261 yards and two scores. While he might have been too careless with a few passes, he didn’t throw any picks.
- Alex Collins continues to show why he’s going to be a superstar in the SEC, running for 116 yards and a score on 14 carries, while Jonathan Williams ran for 53 yards on just ten carries and caught four passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. The Arkansas coaching staff will continue to lean on these two.
- Punting isn’t exactly a big thing for the Aggies, but Drew Kaser came up with a strong game to help the cause, putting three of his four punts inside the 20 and the fourth going into the end zone.
at Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24
Basically … Down 24-7 late in the third quarter, Rutgers came up with a tremendous rally started by a 58-yard punt return for a score from Janarion Grant. Rutgers QB Gary Nova came alive in the fourth quarter with touchdown passes to Leonte Carroo from 33 yards away and four yards out, taking the lead with just over five minutes to play, and Arkansas couldn’t do much of anything with its final chance, taking a big sack to force 4th-and-24 and a punt. Rutgers ran out the clock.
- Arkansas didn’t choke; Rutgers came up with a special fourth quarter thanks to Gary Nova, who seems to love playing the Hogs. The Scarlet Knight defense did a terrific job all game long against the Hog offense that couldn’t find any consistency.
- The Hog offensive line didn’t open up any holes – there was no room for Alex Collins or Jonathan Williams to run. The quarterback play couldn’t pick up the slack, with AJ Derby completing 14-of-26 passes, but for just 137 yards and a score.
- Arkansas did a fantastic job defensively for about three quarters, getting excellent pressure and forcing mistakes with three takeaways and five sacks. Rutgers just got really hot.
- Rutgers didn’t exactly get its running game going, coming up with just 54 yards on 36 carries, but that was partially because Nova had to start throwing. The Scarlet Knight line got routinely whipped by the Hog defensive front.
at Arkansas 24, Southern Miss 3, Sept. 14
Basically … The Arkansas running game rumbled for 258 yards with Brandon Allen starting off the scoring on a five-yard dash, and Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins adding second half touchdown runs of 45 and seven yards, respectively. A mistake-prone Southern Miss managed just 254 yards of total offense with a 27-yard Corey Acosta field goal.
- Southern Miss isn’t good enough to keep shooting itself in the foot. There wasn’t much offense from the Golden Eagles, and it didn’t help that the O had a nightmare of a time converting on third downs and Allan Bridgeford threw two picks. The team committed ten penalties.
- Brandon Allen might have run for a touchdown for an early Hog score, but he injured his shoulder on the play. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious, but AJ Derby showed he could step in and produce, or at least hand the ball off over and over again.
- Alex Collins has been fantastic. Not only did the young Hog star run for 115 yards and a score, but he became the first freshman in SEC history to run for 100 yards in each of his first three games. Jonathan Williams continues to be fantastic, too.
- What does Southern Miss have offensively to count on? Jalen Richard did what he could with 94 yards on just 14 carries, but that was the only positive on offense. Bridgeford’s passing didn’t move the chains.
at Arkansas 31, Samford 21, Sept. 7
Basically … Arkansas had a fight on its hands. Alex Collins ran for 172 yards and a two-yard score, and Jonathan Williams added 126 yards and a one-yard touchdown run with their two touchdowns allowing the Hogs to pull away late. Brandon Allen threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, but Samford came back helped by two Andy Summerlin touchdown passes in the third quarter for a 21-17 lead before the late Arkansas scores.
- That isn’t going to get it done. The running game was terrific, and Alex Collins looked great, but there were too many untimely mistakes and errors with two costly fumbles and six key penalties. The Hogs allowed the Bulldogs to stay in the game.
- Brandon Allen threw two early touchdown passes, and there were big plays down the field, but he only completed 9-of-17 passes and wasn’t sharp despite all the attention paid to the running game. There’s one more tune-up against Southern Miss before dealing with a good, dangerous Rutgers offense in a shootout.
- When the game got tight late, Bret Bielema’s offense did what it was supposed to do, hanging on to the ball for 11:25 of the final 15 minutes.
- Defensive tackle Robert Thomas was a powerhouse inside. He only made 3.5 tackles, but he made them count with them all coming behind the line and with 1.5 sacks.
at Arkansas 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 14, Aug. 31
Basically … Bret Bielema got his first win as the Arkansas head coach thanks to Brandon Allen, who threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns with Javontee Herndon scoring from six and 49 yards out. It’s a Bielema offense, so it’s all about the running game, and the Hogs rumbled for 292 yards capped off by a 75-yard Jonathan Williams dash late in the third.
- It couldn’t have gone any better for Arkansas. The running game clicked, Brandon Allen threw well, and Bielema got a good first win over a team that might win the Sun Belt. The Hogs had the ball for over 37 minutes.
- Terrance Broadway wasn’t able to come up with many big plays, but the ULL quarterback threw for 171 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He just couldn’t come up with anything over the last 20 minutes after his scoring pass to Jacob Maxwell.
- The freshman looked great. Jonathan Williams came up with the signature run, but Alex Collins showed he’s going to be a force with 131 yards on 21 carries.
- Alonzo Harris ran well for the Ragin’ Cajuns, but he didn’t get much of the workload. He ran for 56 yards and a score, but he only got ten carries.
Why To Be Excited ... The Hogs needed a new head coach, and it got one who knows how to win and win big with an attitude – and without a ton of four and five-star talents. Bret Bielema was one of the hottest young head coaching prospects in the game when Barry Alvarez brought him to Wisconsin, and now he’s established and with a terrific track record. Everyone knows about the power offense, but he’s a defensive coach. With nine starters back on the Hog D – even one that struggled so badly in almost all phases – the chance will be there to hit the ground running with a few tweaks. There’s talent in a very, very young secondary that started three underclassmen and gets all four starters back, while the defensive line welcomes back three starters to go along with linebackers Otha Peters and A.J. Turner, fresh off their true freshmen season.
Why To Be Grouchy ... Bielema never backs away from a challenge, but he has a huge one as he tries to navigate his way through the SEC West waters with an undermanned team full of offensive newcomers. Quarterback Tyler Wilson – gone. Running backs Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis – gone. Leading receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg – gone and gone. The offensive line might get three starters back, but it needs to show it can blast away for the running game like Bielema wants. The biggest loss next to Wilson is punter Dylan Breeding, one of the few bright spots last season after helping the Hog punting game averaged close to 41 yards per blast.
What Needs Working On ... First and foremost, beyond everything else, Arkansas has to get on the right side of the turnover margin. Wisconsin was fantastic in the Bielema era at hanging on to the ball and keeping the mistakes to a minimum, and if there’s going to be any sort of hope for a quick turnaround, Arkansas needs stop making mistakes and start forcing more after giving up the ball 31 times and coming up with a pathetic 12 takeaways. Three of the six interceptions and five of the takeaways came against Auburn, while the offense gave up two or more turnovers in every game except for the win over Kentucky.
Non-Conference Games: Louisiana, Samford, Southern Miss, at Rutgers
Games Against The East: at Florida, South Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Louisiana, Samford, Southern Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Rutgers, Texas A&M, at Florida, South Carolina, at Alabama, at Ole Miss, at LSU
Schedule Analysis: Will Bret Bielema ever deal with a tough non-conference schedule? Going to Rutgers is going to be tough, but that comes after starting out the year against Louisiana, Samford and Southern Miss. Considering the Hogs get a horrendous scheduling break having to face Florida and South Carolina from the East, a soft early slate if forgivable.
Considering Rutgers could end up winning the Big East, it’s saying something that the date in Piscataway could be the easiest in a fun five-game stretch. Arkansas comes home to kick off the SEC season with Texas A&M before going to Florida, coming back for South Carolina, and then enjoying a lovely trip to Alabama. The off week is a must to gear it back up again for a rough November starting out with Auburn and going to Ole Miss before getting another bye week to get ready for Mississippi State and the regular season finale at LSU.
Team Concerns For 2013: Running the ball? Arkansas? With Knile
Davis and Dennis Johnson, the Hogs still had the SEC's worst ground game
- both backs are gone. Replacing quarterback Tyler Wilson and top receiver Cobi Hamilton will be a priority this offseason for an offense that put up yards, but wasn't effecting. The team needs to be far better at turnover margin and has to be night-and-day tighter in the secondary after getting bombed on for an SEC-worst 286 yards per game. The return game has to be far better after averaging a pedestrian 18.26 yards per kickoff and 5.9 yards per punt return.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO players for the defensive back seven. It's not like Bret Bielema went heavy on JUCO types at Wisconsin, but he's trying to beef up the depth right away, at least on defense, getting linebackers Martrell Spaight and Myke Tavarres along with corners Carrol Washington and Tiquention Coleman. It's Bielema, so is there going to be beef for the offensive line? A little bit with JUCO transfer John McLure a 320-pound masher and 6-10 tackle prospect Dan Skipper out of Colorado. Tight end Hunter Henry might be the best prospect, but getting superstar running back prospect Alex Collins
- bizarre story and all - was the huge coup for the program.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
19. That Class Was Heavy On ... The Hogs are loaded just about everywhere, but they need to start stockpiling numbers at running back for down the road and have to keep feeding the receiving corps with more and more options. An upgrade at corner isn’t a must this year, but it will be next season, and finding a few pass rushers is a priority. Overall, no matter what the position, Arkansas needs as many great prospects as possible to keep up the arms race with the other star programs in the West.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive tackle. Last year’s class was the big one for Bobby Petrino, but this one isn’t all that far off. The defensive line got an infusion of talent with JUCO transfer tackle Robert Thomas might be an anchor right away, and the back seven got some help with safety Kelvin Fisher and corner Tevin Mitchel sure to be stars in a few years. The key to the class was the tremendous haul of receivers, including Quinta Funderburk and Keante Minor, and the tackles with seven prospects including Brey Cook, who’s destined to be an all-star, and promising Andrew Peterson and Mitch Smothers.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 31. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Talent. Last
season Bobby Petrino's class was heavy on live
bodies to create more competition and to build
better depth, especially on the defensive line. This
year's class was about upgrading the overall talent
level with the main focus on receiver. Marquel Wade
and Julian Horton should thrive in Petrino's system,
while QB Jacoby Walker will get a few years to groom
to be ready to be in the mix by 2012. Calvin Barnett
is the 305-pound defensive tackle prospect to work
the line around, Brad Hefley will end up being the
leader of the linebacking corps, and Eric Bennett is
a nice looking corner.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 23. That Class Was
Heavy On ... defensive backs. The defensive line got a ton of bodies, but few of them were standout prospects. The offense got more players to fit the Bobby Petrino style with the line getting the biggest boost. However, the coaching staff mostly loaded up in the secondary with six nice prospects led by corner Darius Winston and JUCO transfers Anthony Leon, Rudell Crim and Andru Stewart.