Arkansas' front seven is primed to have a big year, the biggest question of the Razorback defense will be the secondary. With a new coach and a lot of returning experience, expectations are going to be high. You can read some of Robb Smith's thoughts on the growth of his defense and how he thinks they can get better. There was a clear relationship between the success of the pass defense and the team winning. Arkansas only won one game last season allowing multiple touchdown passes.
We covered the football team's scrimmage this weekend, read up on it here. One of the biggest takeaways was how good freshman running back Devwah Whaley looked. But don't just take our word for it, several places talked about the success that he had in his first semi-game situation for the Hogs. Raleigh Williams also impressed several people. So doubts of whether Arkansas can replace Alex Collins can be calmed at least a little bit.
Mike Anderson's crew wrapped up their trip to Spain this weekend and ended it by taking a poor European Academy team behind the woodshed. After losing a close opener, Arkansas ran through their final three games outscoring opponents by over 100 points. We learned a lot about newcomers like C.J. Jones who could make a big impact. We also got the highlight of Adrio Bailey dunking all over this poor soul.
We're getting closer and closer to the start of the season, and for ESPN that means its time for a whole bunch of POWER RANKINGS. First the overall rankings of all SEC teams, and then who has the best quarterbacks in the league. Arkansas falls in the middle of the pack for both rankings and both seem pretty fair at this point in the season. Without a whole lot of game action, Austin Allen will need to prove himself to climb up the list.