Team Speed Kills: Arkansas and Bret Bielema's Tougher Task. You all know the narrative of Bret Bielema's first season with the Razorbacks. It's getting tired. To be honest, IM TIRED OF HEARING IT AND JUST NEED SOME FOOTBALL DAMMIT. And we have all been caught up on how the 2014 schedule is tougher than last year's schedule, which means Arkansas could be better on the field but still wind up with the same 3-9 record or worse. Let's hope not. Bielema has a tougher task at hand than the schedule, though, as TSK explains. And it's quite serious.
YOU BETTER WATCH THE USMNT TONIGHT VERSUS GHANA OR YOU ARENT VERY MERICAN. I'll be real honest with you guys, I haven't watched 10 minutes of the World Cup since it started, but thanks to everyone tweeting about moths on the field or whatever, and headers for goals from the next country over, I've been able to keep up with the general gist of it all. But tonight, all of us red-blooded Americans will scream at our TVs in an attempt to help our brethren take down the Ghana. It is our American duty to watch soccer on purpose tonight. Do it. Do it because you love America.
ESPN's SEC position rankings looks at the defensive line. On the defensive side of the football, the front four has been a strength of Arkansas' in the past. The Razorbacks nearly had to field a completely new defensive line in 2014, but Trey Flowers returned, looking to help build Bret Bielema's program and improve his draft stock. But with three new faces on the defensive line this season, how does Arkansas stack up with the rest of the conference on the front line?
If you ask me, given the ranking ESPN gave Arkansas' big uglies, they're one of the more underrated groups. Flowers is one of the more decorated returning pass rushers in the league, and Darius Philon has shown tremendous promise entering his third year with the Hogs. We know Deatrich Wise can shimmy with the best of them, but he can also get after the QB as we saw in the spring game. And that fourth piece? Oh, yeah, it'll be filled by Brandon Lewis, who stands at a monstrous 6'5, 260. Keep doubting this group and see what happens.
Eight Razorbacks land in Athlon's All-SEC teams. One of the premiere preseason college football magazines has come out with All-SEC teams 1-4 and eight Hogs were listed, including five sophomores. I see it as a good thing that Arkansas has so much young talent on the All-SEC teams. Lots of good, young talent to build with. Jonathan Williams, Sam Irwin-Hill, and Trey Flowers highlight the selections.
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