Arkansas Razorbacks Football Season Preview History
2011 Arkansas Football Preview:
Even though the Razorbacks have a daunting challenge in clawing their way through an SEC West division that has rostered the last three BCS National Champions, they aren’t worried about it. Head Coach Bobby Petrino has made recruiting strides that make Arkansas one of the top contenders to join that elite group up top.
Even with its quarterback from last year playing in the NFL, the Razorbacks shouldn’t miss a beat. Ryan Mallet is giving way to junior Tyler Wilson, who actually redshirted and was in Fayetteville before Mallet arrived. His experience and system familiarity will definitely help junior running back Knile Davis, who led the SEC with 1,322 rushing yards last season. He will team up with fellow junior Ronnie Wingo to field one of the most fearsome offenses in the SEC.
Defensively, the strength for the ‘Backs is up front and outside. Defensive ends senior Jake Bequette and junior Tank Wright will anchor a line that has serious depth. Senior safety Tramain Thomas led the team in picks last year, and he’ll return to combine with a group that includes sophomore Darrell Smith and strong safeties, senior Elton Ford and sophomore Eric Bennett to form one of the most intimidating secondaries in the nation.
2010 Arkansas Football Preview:
After a sub-par first season as Arkansas' coach, Bobby Petrino rebounded nicely last year by leading the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record, and a win over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl. Expectations are high for the third-year coach, and many are picking his team to contend for the SEC West crown.
Arkansas had the most prolific offense in the SEC last season, racking up an impressive 36 points per game, good enough for ninth in the nation. Petrino should have an equally explosive squad as potential Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Ryan Mallett returns for his junior season. Mallett is considered by many to be the top quarterback in the conference, and has a talented receiving corp led by juniors Greg Childs and Joe Adams.
Although the offense was top-notch in 2009, the defense was less so, as the Razorbacks finished last in the conference in total defense. Despite the less-than-impressive numbers, Arkansas returns significant chunks for that squad, including senior safety Rudell Crim and half of the defensive line.
If the Razorbacks match their penchant for takeaways (+15 turnover margin a year ago), the defense should be enough to take this team farther than last year, because the high-powered offense will certainly provide enough scoring.
2009 Arkansas Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bobby Petrino
The 2009 Arkansas Razorbacks should be a team to contend with in the SEC. Arkansas will be in year two under Head Coach Bobby Petrino, who has now finally had a complete year to work with his team. The other big addition to the Pigs will be Michigan transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett. Mallett is a tall, strong armed QB who should help move the Razorbacks offense up and down the field. The 2009 Razorbacks might look a little different than their more run-based teams of the past few years, but should be just as dangerous to opponents.
2008 Arkansas Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bobby Petrino
The Arkansas Razorbacks football program is one of the most exciting and storied programs in college football. The team has had an incredible season of ups and down in 2007 with never a boring moment. With a new coach in Bobby Petrino to replace the embattled yet highly respected Houston Nutt, the team will look to put any controversy behind it and focus on playing football in what is probably the toughest conference in the country, the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Razorback Stadium, and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, will be rocking with Arkansas fans this coming season as they cheer on a unified Razorback team to conference glory and a bowl appearance.
The 2008 Arkansas Razorbacks are a brand new team this year, losing several key offensive players from last year's roster. The Razorbacks also lost their head coach, Houston Nutt, who was replaced by Bobby Petrino. Coach Petrino's inaugural season will give him the opportunity to shape an entirely fresh football team, building them as he warms to the program.
The schedule for Arkansas in 2008 is a difficult one, as the Razorbacks will play eight teams that played in bowl games in the 2007 season. Because many of the players that comprised Arkansas' all-star running game last season are gone, Petrino and the boys will have to rely on more passing to keep their offense effective. Watch out for Casey Dick and Jonathan Luigs, veterans who are bound to make some hair-singing plays this season. Get out and see a Razorbacks game this year and give the boys the boost they need to be champions!