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Arkansas Razorbacks News: Frank Ragnow’s Season, Early Bowl Preview

Plus what could the Razorback Defense look like in a 3-4 system?

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It was a long and tough year for Frank Ragnow, but despite that he was regularly one of the best performers on the Razorback offense this season. He spoke to media for the first time since the death of his father in October. That and other quick notes from the football’s media session here.

Early bowl previews are starting to trickle in for the Belk Bowl, one thing that ESPN talks about that will be mentioned every single time this game is mentioned is how will Arkansas go about trying to stop the dual threat quarterback Jerod Evans. Hog fans have seen the nightmare of quarterbacks gashing the defense for big gains, and Evans will be one of the best they’ve seen this year.

Bret Bielema got the attention of the media when he said he was thinking about installing a 3-4 defense next season. Here is what that might look like for 2017, and on the surface it makes sense from a personnel perspective. Players like McTelvin Agim, Bijhon Jackson and Randey Ramsey could all fit better and thrive in this system as opposed to the traditional 4-3 that really didn’t get a whole lot done this year.

For the past 5 years or so, the SEC West has been miles ahead of the Eastern division, and this year the East was especially bad. Matt Hinton of Saturday Down South plays around with the idea of scrapping the division format and how that would effect scheduling. The pros include getting to play every SEC school at least twice in a 4 year span. The negatives include the possibilities of championship rematches in consecutive weeks.

Arkansas is taking on Texas this weekend in Houston as part of the “Lone Star Shootout” Doubleheader, and if you’re a student who just happens to be in the area, you are in luck. Show up to the Toyota center with your student ID and you’ll get in for free.