Arkansas still has a bowl game to play but we are already knee-deep in offseason content. Recently Bret Bielema has said he is looking into a 3-4 scheme for 2017. The change isn’t completely foreign to Bielema, who has used it in the past, as has Robb Smith. He also made it sound like it wasn’t an exclusive change, but could be used as a change of pace. With the struggles the front seven had this past season, it’s clear the coaching staff addressing this issue is one of the highest priorities.
Bielema has also updated the health status of many players leading up to the Belk Bowl. Cole Kelley had back surgery but Bielema sounded optimistic about it and he should be good to go in January. Dre Greenlaw and Kevin Richardson are both back on the practice field but don’t expect them to be playing against Virginia Tech. Interestingly one player we could see is Kody Walker, who has been out since the Alabama game.
Some more accolades for the Hogs, the SEC announced their All-Freshman team, and McTelvin Agim and De’Jon Harris made the cut. Despite the struggles the defense had, it is good to see that the defense has two freshman who will be part of the program for a few more years, getting recognized.
The writers at ESPN had a roundtable discussing the best SEC games of the regular season and Sam Khan Jr. takes us all the way back to early September to make the case that Arkansas’ game against TCU was the best game of the year. Quality wise it may not have been the best, but Arkansas has made a habit of making games incredibly entertaining.
Bob Holt has made himself a bit of a media celebrity for his many years covering Arkansas sports, and this year he has a vote in the AP basketball poll. Check out his ballot and how it lines up with the rest of the poll. None of his picks really stray too far from the actual rankings, and there is no vote for the Hogs in the AP Poll, but they do have some in the Coaches Poll.