SEC Media Days is right around the corner, and Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen is expected to make an appearance in Hoover alongside a couple of teammates. But first, Allen will make a stop at Nicholls State as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. If you're not familiar with the camp, it's the one Johnny Manziel "overslept" for as a counselor a few years back, creating a ton of controversy and questioning at the annual media days circus. I'd say it's a pretty big deal for Allen to get an invite to lend a hand. Media and fans are expecting him to take another step from his much-improved junior season. It wouldn't be a stretch to think Allen could throw for 2,500 yards this season (2,285 last season), and if he does he'd trail only Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and Clint Stoerner on Arkansas' career passing leaders list. Think about that.
Continuing the ADG's summer feature series on incoming Arkansas freshman is a look at Jamario Bell of Junction City, a smalltown south Arkansas football factory that has sent players like Byran Jones and Alan Turner – also Bell's cousins – to The Hill. At 6-6, 255 pounds, Bell literally stands out among the other kids and athletes. He stood out to Bret Bielema, Robb Smith and Arkansas, too, and now plans to join a defensive line unit looking to replace playmakers. Bell committed to Arkansas in 2013 amidst a couple of the worst seasons in program history, but has kept his pledge and sees an opportunity to flourish. He's another star in a long line of talent to come from Union County.
Dominique Reed could be the guy Arkansas needs to make its offense one of the toughest to prepare for. There's not much a team can do to prep for the physical nature of the offense and the massive O-line, but if a defensive unit also has to be wary of being beaten over the top, they're putty in BERT's hands. Reed – who has been described as gazelle-like – has the potential to give Arkansas a deep threat and a shot at the SEC West crown.
Andrew Benintendi was as fun of a player to watch as any in the nation last season. He's literally done nothing but win National Player of the Year awards his entire baseball career. He was the NPOY coming out of high school in Ohio, then went on to win another handful with Arkansas, including the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. He smashed baseballs in college with his gorgeously violent swing, and is still doing so in the Red Sox farm system. Boston's SB Nation site has an update on Benny.
Hogville thread discussion: If you had to score in one play, would you give the ball to DMAC or Matt Jones?
Tweet of the Week
The other 6 teams in the SEC West https://t.co/0JuDuIImiZ— Ryan Higgins (@rhiggins479) June 30, 2015
A little sidebar from the weekly links post: Please continue to keep my brother CJ in your thoughts and prayers. He's been in the hospital in Little Rock for nearly two weeks now following a dirt bike accident on Father's Day. He's turned a corner since last week, but still has a long road to recovery ahead of him. So if you have a minute or two today, pray for his healing. My family and I appreciate and need each and every one.