Eric Bennett is a senior from Tulsa and is expected to be the starting free safety for the Razorbacks this fall.
Bennett's been a solid contributor for the Hogs since he came to Fayetteville, appearing in 36 of a possible 38 games since his true freshman season in 2010. He's started 21 of those games and altogether has made 129 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups.
But things haven't always been smooth for him. Like a lot of Razorbacks, Bennett struggled at times through the 2012 season, hampered in part due to nagging ankle and hamstring injuries first suffered in fall practice. He only recorded 40 tackles last season, down from 74 in 2011.
But the good news is that he's healthy again and has been the subject of rave reviews from new defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who described Bennett's spring as "outstanding".
"He’s never wrong," Ash said. "When he’s out there, he’s always making the right calls, always getting aligned right. 99 percent of the time he’s in the right position.
"If you can do that you’re going to make yourself hard to beat. From my understanding, that might not have been the case last year. But he’s done that so far this spring."
It seems pretty clear that if Bennett can stay healthy and recapture, if not improve upon, his 2011 form, it will be huge for the Arkansas secondary. And if the Razorbacks go bowling this year, the secondary has to be better.
Arkansas News Bureau's Robbie Neiswanger wrote an article on Bennett's resurgance in the spring that you can read here.
We'll see how much better Bennett and the Razorback secondary will be in just two weeks!